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Ambassador Vasciannie lauds Jamaican diaspora in South Florida

Published:Wednesday | November 6, 2013 | 12:04 PM

Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States of America, Stephen Vasciannie, recently acknowledged the major contribution made by members of the Jamaican Diaspora in South Florida to national development.

Addressing a gathering of approximately 400 Jamaicans and friends of Jamaica at the second annual Jamaican-American Bar Association at the Sheraton Miami on November 2, Ambassador Vasciannie noted that diaspora groups contributed to Jamaica in various forms.

These include “direct grants to primary and secondary schools, medical missions, contributions of medical and educational supplies, remittances, and social work, among other things.”

Ambassador Vasciannie also emphasised that the Government of Jamaica saw the provision of educational opportunity as one of the main ways of helping Jamaica raise its developmental prospects.

For the Ambassador, many Jamaicans, when given the right opportunities, flourished both within and without the country.

This, he said, was exemplified by the notable professional successes of the honorees of the Jamaican-American Bar Association’s presentation ceremony, namely, General Magistrate Karl Brown, Chief Executive Officer of Broward Health North Pauline Grant, and Attorney-at-Law Murrio Lucille.

Vasciannie also argued that the performance of students in Jamaica at the tertiary level, including students at the Norman Manley Law School in various international mooting competitions, reinforced the point that the provision of educational opportunities was key to success.

Noting that the Jamaican Government was committed to joining the Caribbean Court of Justice in its appellate jurisdiction, Ambassador Vasciannie maintained that the high quality of recent graduates of the Norman Manley Law School would help to ensure that the Caribbean Court of Justice, as our final court, would continue to be an institution of the highest standards.

The Ambassador also pointed out that the current IMF-related circumstances at home were designed to promote stability, which in turn, should help in bringing about investor confidence.

And, at the same time, initiatives such as the proposed logistics hub would also help to transform the Jamaican economy.


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