Gary Spaulding, Senior Gleaner Writer
Leader of Government Business in the Senate AJ Nicholson yesterday disclosed that the Government spent J$25 million to host the 2013 staging of the Jamaica Diaspora Conference in Montego Bay, St James.
Responding to questions tabled by Opposition Senator Dr Christopher Tufton, Nicholson, the minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade, disclosed that a significant portion of the cost to stage the event was offset by the private sector.
He said there were initial indications that the Government got value for money, but stressed that the material outcomes would not be immediately realised as the conference was held only three months ago.
Nicholson disclosed that 424 overseas delegates attended the conference. He said 63 were prospective investors.
He also revealed other categories of special-interest stakeholders, including 340 exhibitors; 214 local delegates; 61 local moderators and panellists, and 45 local manufacturers, bringing the total number of participants to 1,512.