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JA’s Consul General to Miami, appointed to U.S. faith-based leaders committee

Published:Friday | February 22, 2019 | 12:24 AMDerrick Scott - -
Jamaica’s Consul General to Miami, Hon. Oliver Mair, shares a light moment with Rev. Dr Caretta Mathie, during a courtesy call at Jamaica’s Consulate in Miami, Florida.
Jamaica’s Consul General to Miami, Hon. Oliver Mair, shares a light moment with Rev. Dr Caretta Mathie, during a courtesy call at Jamaica’s Consulate in Miami, Florida.

Jamaica’s Consul General to Miami, Oliver Mair, hailing Rev. Dr Coretta Mathie, on her appointment to the United States Faith-based Leaders Committee, underscored the importance of faith-based institutions to national development objectives.

The Consul General, whose portfolio covers the Southern USA as well, discussed with Rev. Dr Mathiea range of ideas and opportunities for strengthening the Jamaican diaspora communities in the USA, as the South Florida-based Jamaicanpaid a courtesy callat the CG’sdowntown Miami officesthis past February 14.

Announced last December, Dr Mathie’s appointment takes effect on April 1, 2019. She was appointed as the CAFBLC Government Liaison for the Caribbean Women Diaspora by its president, Dr Agorom Dike. CAFBLC is the Caribbean and African Faith based Leadership Conference.

“We discussed the Adopt-a-Clinic programme in Jamaica and how she can leverage support through her office,” Consul General Mair said. “She expressed strong interest in this, as well as supporting initiatives with regards to educational projects. We also concurred about the importance of our faith-based institutions to national development objectives.”

The Consul General, went on to explain that while many of Dr Mathie’s initiatives will be to support women’s programmes, “we both agreed that there needs to be greater support for men in our communities as well.”

For her part, Dr Mathie says she welcomes the opportunity and looks forward to working with and for the women in the Diaspora.

Describing her new assignment as a bridge between Capitol Hill and the Diaspora, Dr Mathie said her immediate focus will be on the dengue/flu situation in Jamaica and the Caribbean and reactivation of the Women’s and Girls’ Council at the White House.

“Even though I am based in Florida, I will frequent Capitol Hill as needed to get whatever is needed, done.”

The CG’s office said the courtesy visit was also used to understand more about her new position and possibilities that can be realised to further strengthen ongoing diaspora engagements.