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State Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade meets with the Jamaican Diaspora



Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade | 2015-07-01 00:00:00

The Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade, Honourable Arnaldo Brown, MP, met with the Jamaican Diaspora in Trinidad and Tobago on 25th June 2015 at an event hosted by His Excellency David Prendergast, the Jamaican High Commissioner in Port of Spain, at Jamaica Place.

The gathering, which included Jamaicans studying at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine or residing in Trinidad and Tobago, was updated on the successful outcome of the recently concluded 6th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference, held from June 13-18 in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

The State Minister engaged nationals in a lively Q&A segment on topics such as the economy, foreign direct investment and Jamaica's improved ranking on the ease of doing business index, fielding questions on agriculture,   manufacturing, energy, security, education, information and communication technology and the logistics hub.

“Jamaica’s Foreign Policy and the realisation of Vision 2030 necessitate the building of a sustainable and meaningful partnership with its Diaspora,” Brown noted. He further recognized the significant contributions made by Jamaican nationals overseas over the years through their support in the areas of health, education, social intervention programmes and remittances, among others.

Delita McCallum, Counsellor at the High Commission, delighted the audience with an entertaining skit. Attendees were also treated to Jamaican fare prepared by a Jamaican national operating a restaurant in Port of Spain. A registration desk was set up to facilitate registration with the High Commission.

The State Minister was on an official visit to chair a two day United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UN-ECLAC) Symposium on Sustainable Development Goals for the Caribbean Within the Post 2015 development agenda, followed by the 17th Meeting of the Monitoring Committee of the Caribbean Development and Cooperation Committee (CDCC).
 




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