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Jamaica's US envoy pays official visit to Minnesota


Washington, D.C ,Derrick A Scott, Jamaica's Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Stephen Vasciannie, will pay a four-day official visit to the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota from May 9-12, 2013.

The purpose of the visit to meet with the Jamaican Diaspora as well as members of the Organization of Strategic Development in Health, and various health officials, The Dean and faculty of the Minnesota Law School as well local Jamaican entrepreneurs.

On Thursday the 9th, Ambassador Vasciannie will pay a courtesy call on Minneapolis Council member, Don Samuels. Later that afternoon, the Ambassador will address members of the Jamaican Diaspora at a Town Hall Meeting at the Redeemer Covenant Church.

The meeting with the members of the Diaspora will give the Ambassador the opportunity to update them on events in Jamaica, including the upcoming Jamaican Diaspora Conference scheduled for June 16-19, 2013 in Montego Bay.

On Friday May 10, Ambassador will hold talks with Dr. Jonna Parkins, Director of Pediatrics at the Minneapolis Hospital for Children. He will also meet with the Dean at the University of Minnesota Law School, David Wippman, and other faculty members at the Law school for preliminary discussions on collaborations with the Norman Manley Law School.

On Saturday, Ambassador Vasciannie will hold talks with Dr. Mark Gormley from the Gilletter Children’s Specialist Health Care. He will further have discussions with two local Jamaican business owners, Mr. Tim Lowe and Mr. Leford Baxter. Later that evening, Ambassador Vasciannie, at a special dinner, will address members of the Organization for Strategic Developments in Jamaica (OSDJ).

The Ambassador’s visit to Minnesota is at the invitation of the Organization for Strategic Development in Jamaica (OSDJ).

Together with the Organization for International Development, the Jamaica Nurses Group of New York Inc., and the wider Jamaican Diaspora health sector, OSDJ has been leading the effort to integrate the healthcare outreach effort of the Jamaican Diaspora and Friends of Jamaica into the strategic Plan of the Ministry of Health.