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Foreign Affairs Minister heads to Diaspora Gala in New York

Published:Saturday | June 11, 2016 | 6:34 AM
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Kamina Johnson Smith.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Kamina Johnson Smith, will be off the island attending the Jamaica Diaspora North East Talawah Awards Gala, at which she will be keynote speaker.

The event is to be staged at the JFK Hilton in New York from June 10-11, under the theme 'Building a United Diaspora for Growth and Prosperity in Jamaica'.

Over 600 Jamaicans are expected to be in attendance.

The foreign affairs minister says she will share the Andrew Holness Administration’s vision for achieving growth and prosperity for all Jamaicans, and to assure them of the government’s commitment to working with them.

She says she is also looking to hearing the views of members of the diaspora on how this process should go forward.

Senator Johnson Smith is also expected to have an interactive exchange with Future Leaders which will help to inform the development of specific programmes for engaging the youth in the diaspora.

Dr Christopher Tufton, Minister of Health, will address a Plenary Session on Health at the Conference.

He will speak on the Ten Point Plan for the Ministry of Health; Charities; and the Adopt a Clinic Programme.

Following the Conference, Senator Johnson Smith will travel to Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic to participate in the 46th Regular Session of the General Assembly of the Organization of America States (OAS), scheduled for June 13-15.

The General Assembly, which is the supreme organ of the OAS, meets this year under the theme “Institutional Strengthening for Sustainable Development in the Americas”.  

The foreign affairs minister will be accompanied by representatives of the Diaspora and Consular Affairs, and Caribbean and Americas Departments of the Ministry.