Building Back Better – making the economy work for BME communities in Wales
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Fri, 03 Jul 2020 - 15:30 to 17:30

What barriers do BME workers face? What can the Welsh Government do to break down these barriers? And what can we learn from unions and successful BME entrepreneurs?

In this online discussion we will hear open and honest answers to these questions and more.

Speakers include Ken Skates, Welsh Government Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales, union officials and BME entrepreneurs from the creative, food, beauty and recruitment sectors.

This event is organised by Wales TUC in association with Henna Foundation, EYST Wales, Race Council Cymru and Women Connect First.

  • 3.30    Chair: Shavanah Taj, General Secretary Wales TUC - Welcome and opening comments 
  • 3.35    Nisreen Mansour, WTUC Policy Officer - Setting the Scene – Economic Factors in Wales 
  • 3.45    Roger McKenzie, Unison AGS – Organising in the Shadow of Slavery
  • 3.50    Taranjit Channa – GMB National Race Lead – Exploitation of Black workers: Organising for Change
  • 3.55    Paresh Patel Unite East Midlands Regional Secretary – TBC –Redundancies: How Can We Protect and Reskill Back Workers
  • 4.00    Introduction: Ken Skates, Economy and Skills Minister – Building Back Better for Wales
  • 4.10    Khurum Chowdhry, Director, Goldwater IT Recruitment Solutions - The Barriers to Building BAME Tech Talent Communities in Wales 
  • 4.17    Amal Beyrouty, Project Manager. Golden Years- Let's Age Well Project. WCF - Developing a Community Based Social Enterprise: ‘World Café’ & Next Steps
  • 4.24    Raj Singh, SP Entertainment - Un-forecasted Business Crisis - Exploring Ways to Survive  
  • 4.31    Margaret Ogunbanwo, Maggie’s: African Twist to your Everyday Dish - The Journey of the Grafting Female BAME Business Entrepreneur in Wales
  • 4.38    Abdul Shayek, Artistic Director & CEO at Fio - Black, Asian & Ethnically Diverse Theatre: Re-configurating Monocultural Sector
  • 4.45    Nancy Alfred Oyekoya, Nancie Beauty. Swansea - The Multiple Challenges: Survival for a Specialist Hairdressing Salon in Wales
  • 4.52    Hilary Brown CEO, Virgo Consultancy - The Challenges Faced by a Regulated Black Led Law Firm in Wales 
  • 5.00    Jane Hutt AM, Deputy Minister Welsh Government 
  • 5.05    Chair Facilitates - Open Forum Q & A Leading to Close of Session 

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