THE EDITOR, Sir:
From time to time, I keep asking about the role of embassies, high commissions and consuls general in Jamaica and other countries. Their role seems to be mainly connected with the issuing or non-issuing of visas, as in the case of the United States (US), Canada and the United Kingdom, and hosting or attending cocktail parties to be featured on the popular social pages..
But, Mr Editor, what else do they do? All due respect must be given to the US ambassador to Jamaica, Pamela Bridgewater, who seems to be always active and doing tangible things that we the citizens of this country can identify with and appreciate. The question still remains, though, what are the others doing?
I want to congratulate the US ambassador for the latest US-supported Colin Powell Challenge Course for at-risk youth. But there is so much more that needs to be done by all these embassies. If they are, in fact, active, they need to tell us their functions here.
Do we even know which embassies are here? I recall the talk and charge being given to our embassies overseas that they need to develop and encourage investments from the respective countries in which they were located. But shouldn't the same apply here? Should not these highly placed government officials from other countries be doing the same for us? How can we insist that this situation be changed? Do we even have a say?