Plans Are In High Gear for 8th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference

by Derrick Scott

Washington, D.C. – Plans are in high gear for the staging of the 8th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference which is to be held in Kingston, Jamaica  June 16th -20th,  2019.

According to Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., his Ministry began the preliminary process and will be seeking the input of the Diaspora to make this conference a success.

Addressing members of the U.S. Diaspora at its inaugural summit at the Morrow Convention Center in the city of Morrow, Georgia, Minister Charles pointed out that the US Summit is a precursor to next year’s Biennial Diaspora conference in Jamaica and we are seeking your input in the total planning of your conference so that your voices will form part of the programs and events that will be implemented.

The Minister said the conceptualization of this Summit is timely and visionary as it places Diaspora interests on the “centre stage”. It presents an opportunity to further cement intra-Diaspora partnerships with the national goals in sight.

The Junior Minister told the over 200 participants that any formulation of a strategic Diaspora Development plan should be inclusive where it brings together the Jamaican organisations, Associations and Task Forces and those who may not be affiliated with any group.  It should also entail strong partnerships and co-operation across a wide spectrum at the local and national levels.

Plans are in high gear for the staging of the 8th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference

Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Perneal Charles Jr. 2nd left, is greeted by Jamaica Outreach Ministries Coordinator Elloreece Burrell O.D. at the U.S. Diaspora Summit at the Morrow Convention Center in the city of Morrow, Georgia. Looking on from left to right, CEO of Jamaica National Group Hon. Earl Jarrett O.J., and Diaspora advisory board member for Southeast U.S.A Wayne Golding, Sr. (Photo Credit Derrick Scott)

The Plan, he further stated, should embrace mutuality, that is, it should serve the interests of all parties involved such as the millennials. “I intend to lead the establishment of Diaspora Youth Councils so that the young people will have a functional space to craft ingenious strategies and programs for their own empowerment.  I also wish to expand the Birthright Programme by giving youngsters the opportunity to experience Jamaica in terms of the work environment and culture. This will serve to strengthen the affinity and linkages with Jamaica.”

In her remarks, Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Audrey Marks pointed out that the Jamaican Diaspora represents more than a source of remittances and the Government of Jamaica sees you as important partners in nation-building. “Your support over the years which has taken many forms, is deeply appreciated. As the Government takes the necessary steps to take the country to the next level of development, we invite you to join in taking our partnership to the next level, so that together, we can realise Vision 2030 which seeks to make Jamaica “the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business.”

The Jamaican Envoy, stated that in an effort to support our Jamaican nationals.  She along with the embassy, will stage a number of town hall meetings in key cities across the United States so that Jamaicans can be aware of the impact of the evolving policies on Jamaicans living in the US.

 

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