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Jamaica's Ambassador promotes Diaspora conference in the US midwest

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Washington, D.C - Members of the Jamaican Diaspora residing in the Mid-west of the United States have been urged to make every effort to attend the upcoming Diaspora Conference in Montego Bay from June 16-19.


Addressing nationals at a Town Hall Meeting at the Redeemer Covenant Church, in the city of Minneapolis, on Thursday the 9th, Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency, Stephen Vasciannie pointed out that the conference will give participants an opportunity to hear firsthand how the government and stakeholders are dealing with issues such as national security, healthcare, education, investments, job creation, among other sectors. He added that in addition to investment opportunities, the conference represents a win-win proposition for both Jamaicans at home and in the diaspora.

In keeping with the theme of the conference, “A Nation on a Mission Jamaica Diaspora Partnership for Development”, the Ambassador noted that Jamaica has done extremely well in its partnership with the Diaspora. He further pointed out that the upcoming conference will break new and excited grounds in a number of areas, including the unveiling of the Draft Diaspora Policy Document. The Ambassador told the Jamaica Nationals that they should begin to capitalize on the tremendous benefits of Grand Jamaica, and Jamaicans working together can make Jamaica better.

He pointed out that the newly diaspora market place exposition would allow exhibitors to present businesses and investment opportunities to persons attending the conference. Among the major projects that will be on display, include the global logistic hub, Agro Parks, the development of downtown Kingston, ICT Parks and partnership for micro, small and medium size enterprises.

Ambassador Vasciannie who was on a three day official visit in Minneapolis updating Nationals on various developments in the island, as well as, held talks with representatives of the various health institutions, The Minneapolis Hospital for Children, The Gillette Children’s Specialty Health Care, Hennepin County Medical Centre, and also met with the Dean of the University of the Minnesota Law School, David Wippman, and other faculty members. The Ambassador’s visit was at the invitation of the Organization of Strategic Development in Jamaica, OSDJ which is based in Minneapolis, a non-profit body, dedicated to contributing to the effort to improve healthcare delivery in Jamaica.