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Jamaicans in US Urged to Attend Diaspora Forum in Montego Bay

Members of the Jamaican Diaspora residing in the Mid-west United States are urged to attend the upcoming Diaspora Conference in Montego Bay from June 16 to 19.

Addressing nationals last week at a town hall meeting at the Redeemer Covenant Church of Minneapolis, the Jamaican ambassador to the United States, Stephen Vasciannie, said the conference will allow participants to hear firsthand how the island’s government and stakeholders are dealing with issues such as national security, health care, education, investments, and job creation.

The ambassador noted that Jamaica has done extremely well in its partnership with the diaspora, and that the upcoming conference would break new ground in a number of areas, including the unveiling of the Draft Diaspora Policy.

He told the Jamaican nationals that they should begin to capitalize on the benefits of brand Jamaica. He noted that the diaspora marketplace exposition would allow exhibitors to present business and investment opportunities to conference participants.

 Among the major projects that will be on display are the global logistics hub initiative, agro parks, the development of downtown Kingston, and information communication technology parks.

Vasciannie, who was on a three-day official visit to Minneapolis, updated nationals on developments on the island, and held talks with representatives of health institutions, including the Minneapolis Hospital for Children, the Gillette Children’s Specialty Health Care, and Hennepin County Medical Center.

The ambassador’s visit was at the invitation of the Organization of Strategic Development in Jamaica, a nonprofit based in Minneapolis and dedicated to contributing to the effort to improve health care delivery in Jamaica.


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