Matthew Samuda new G2K president

Saturday, March 07, 2015

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Matthew Samuda has been confirmed as the new president of the young professional arm of the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP), Generation 2000 (G2K).

"I am humbled at the chance to serve my colleagues and counterparts and I look forward to the chance to represent young professionals nationally," Samuda told OBSERVER ONLINE Saturday.

"To whom much is given much is expected, so I am sure it will be a lot of work but I’m looking forward to it," he added.

Samuda noted that as president he intends to focus on two major areas, which include increasing institutional capacity and restoring the organization’s core principles.

"The organization has been known to be very good at media management and engagement, [G2K] has been known to be good at polling and an organization of speech and policy writing. I intend to recruit as many people who are willing to help to ensure we grow from strength to strength in these areas."

Samuda said he also hopes to better organise G2K using his experience in the private sector and differentiate functions between Young Jamaica and his group.

"I want to see the organization go back to its core principles. There was a period of time where Young Jamaica had pretty much fallen by the wayside. Now that they are back and doing a lot of work, G2K can focus on what it is there for, which is really to attract young professionals, whereas Young Jamaica is specifically a youth movement. There is a difference in the cohort," he said.

The newly confirmed president also noted that: "At this time in our election cycle it is also time for us to be a lot more strident in our position and hold the Government accountable where we see things aren’t going on right."

Samuda replaces outgoing president Floyd Green who in February indicated his intention to vacate office.

Samuda is expected to continue the discussions on the way forward for continued growth of the organization at a general meeting currently underway at the JLP's Belmont Road headquarters in Kingston.

Party Leader Andrew Holness is also expected to address the gathering of young professionals on Saturday.

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