Johnson Smith keen on engaging young Jamaicans abroad
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Kamina Johnson Smith says that a primary objective of her ministry at the upcoming Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference will be to concretise a plan of engagement for second- and third-generation members of the Jamaican Diaspora.
The three pillars of focus for the event slated for July 23-26 in Kingston are philanthropy, investment, and youth engagement.
"We're engaging more broadly in terms of the partnerships that we're entering into and the networks of persons that we want to grow. I would like to build on the discussions I've had with young members of the diaspora and incorporate the feedback of how they would want to engage," Johnson Smith told The Gleaner at the launch of the Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference at the Office of the Prime Minister in St Andrew on Tuesday.
USING SOCIAL MEDIA
In citing social-media platforms as a core arm of the ministry's public-relations strategy, Johnson Smith stated that not a great deal had been done previously to innovatively engage the young Jamaicans overseas.
"They're more interested in technology and the age of social media. They want things that are more fun and engaging from a cultural perspective. They don't necessarily want to attend a gala or a town hall meeting. They're interested in internship and programmes that would allow them to learn more about business dynamics in Jamaica," she said.
She added that the ministry would seek to revive linkages from an investment and opportunities viewpoint for first-generation members who may have lost connection with Jamaica as time elapsed.
A youth forum is scheduled for the third day of the four-day event being staged under the theme 'Partnering for Growth'.