Diaspora conference set for June
Members of the diaspora and Jamaicans at home will gather at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St James from June 13 to 18 to participate in the sixth staging of the Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference.
Among the activities slated to take place are a business and cultural exposition, a range of meetings to address investment opportunities, and social activities, culminating with a Diaspora Day of Service.
The forum is being spearheaded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, in collaboration with the Jamaica Diaspora Foundation, the Jamaica Diaspora Institute, the Jamaica Diaspora Advisory Board members, key community persons and diaspora community groups, under the theme: 'Jamaica and the Diaspora: Linking for Growth and Prosperity'.
Minister of state in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Arnaldo Brown, said the last staging saw a record number of diaspora members in attendance. He is hoping the number will increase in 2015.
"Our intent is to have 1,000 local participants and, hopefully, we will have an equal amount from the diaspora in attendance at the conference," he said.
Since its inception in 2004, the event has grown, and in 2013 more than 1,500 participants attended the conference.