Jamaican Diaspora having greater influence on gov't policies, initiatives – board member
With the 55th biennial diaspora conference set to get underway later this week, Jamaicans living overseas say they are now having greater input in influencing government policies unlike former years.
Speaking on Independent Talk this morning, Diaspora Board Member for Southern United States, attorney-at-law Wayne Golding, said the biennial diaspora conferences have been providing a viable platform for Jamaicans living overseas to participate in the formation of ideas that influence policies and initiatives being pursued by the government.
Golding explains that contrary to what some may believe, the diaspora conferences have not been all talk.
He says the diaspora possesses a wealth of expertise and contacts that come from holding prominent positions in military intelligence to running Fortune 500 corporations to organising major charity events.
Golding says the conference provides an avenue for Jamaicans with expertise in various fields to share ideas and devise possible solutions to the myriad of problems affecting the island.
He says most Jamaicans in the diaspora are not interested in participating in the political process.
However, the Jamaican attorney, who lives in Florida, says most people in the diaspora are interested in influencing policies.