Champions appointed for diaspora-mapping project
ENTREPRENEUR AND singer Levi Roots, legendary sprinter Merlene Ottey, Baroness Doreen Lawrence, and community stalwart Delores Cooper are among the champions appointed as part of the campaign to promote the Mapping the Jamaican Diaspora Project.
Jamaican high commissioner to London, Aloun Assamba, said the support of high-profile Jamaicans will give a boost to the project and encourage others to participate. She reiterated that information shared will be safe as it will only be used by authorised persons.
The Diaspora Mapping Project was officially launched in the United Kingdom by Arnaldo Brown, minister of state in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, when he visited for the Fourth Biennial Diaspora Conference in June.
The objective of the project is to determine the location, interest and skills of members of the diaspora while building the Jamaican Government's capacity to more effectively and strategically engage its diaspora.
The high commissioner said the database will allow the Government to be in a better position to engage Jamaicans in the diaspora and to utilise their skills in areas that are critical to the development of the country.
Members of the diaspora with special skills and experiences that can be used to fill jobs in Jamaica will be more easily identified.
The project is scheduled to last for 18 months and the high commissioner is encouraging the participation of every member of the Jamaican diaspora.
The website for the survey is www.mapjadiaspora.iom.int and persons can begin the survey by clicking on the 'Take the Survey' button. If you are having problems logging on to the website, contact the high commission at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Offline survey forms are also available. They should be completed, sealed and sent confidentially to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade in Jamaica.