Jamaica Tourist Board Committed to the Diaspora

Jamaica Tourist Board Reaffirms Commitment To The Diaspora Through Partnership of 8th Biennial Diaspora Conference

NEW YORK – The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) has reaffirmed its commitment to the Diaspora with the partnership support of the 8th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference held at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston, recently.

Organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade, the four-day conference which had as its theme, ‘Jamaica and the Diaspora: Building Pathways for Sustainable Development’, has been positioned as the global forum that connects Jamaicans from all over the world for inclusive dialogue and developing concrete actions in vital areas of national importance.

“The Diaspora has long been seen as critical to the Jamaica Tourist Board’s marketing efforts as Jamaicans living abroad serve as our ambassadors globally, especially in our primary source markets,” said Donovan White, Jamaica’s Director of Tourism. “We are so pleased to have partnered with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, hosting key print journalists from North America to be able to provide those in Diaspora with updates with regard to the National Diaspora Policy, new developments in the tourism sector and other issues of concern.”

Jamaica Tourist Board Committed to the Diaspora

Governor-General, His Excellency, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen looks on as Her Excellency, Lady Allen, wife of the Governor-General of Jamaica, pins Wayne Golding, Governor-General’s Achievement Award recipient for the Diaspora Over 35 Age Group, USA. Also sharing the occasion is Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Audrey Marks.

As part of its sponsorship, the Board hosted members of the international media from North America, affording them an opportunity to attend and provide coverage of the conference and experience some of the capital city’s attractions including Devon House as well as brunch at Strawberry Hill.

During the conference, a proposal was tabled for the establishment of the Global Jamaica Diaspora and Global Jamaica Youth Councils. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, said the Global Jamaica Diaspora Council is intended to be an expanded and inclusive body with a wide membership of individuals “who hold Jamaica at the forefront of their voluntary efforts”.

The Minister noted that not only will the Council ease the burden placed on the Diaspora Advisory Board, “but it will allow for greater inclusivity of Jamaicans living afar in lands across the oceans”.

Jamaica’s Acting Consul General to New York Lisa Bryan-Smart in conversation with 2019 Governor-General Achievement Award recipient for the Diaspora Wayne Golding

Jamaica’s Acting Consul General to New York Lisa Bryan-Smart in conversation with 2019 Governor-General Achievement Award recipient for the Diaspora Wayne Golding, attorney-at-law.

The Council is intended to have members from six regions not currently represented on the Board. These are Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, and the Middle East.

Former Executive Director of the Jamaica Diaspora Institute Professor Neville Ying, was presented with the inaugural Jamaica Diaspora and Friends Excellence Award for his dedicated service to establishing links between Jamaica and its diaspora community.

During his almost 10 years as the head of the Diaspora Institute, Professor Ying was responsible for the development and execution of strategic initiatives for engaging and empowering members of the Jamaican Diaspora to maximize their contributions to the economic and social development of Jamaica.

The conference culminated with the Diaspora Day of Service which encouraged organizations and delegates to volunteer their time, skills and resources to individual and community projects of their choice.

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