[KINGSTON, Jamaica] – The ninth Biennial Jamaica (digital) Diaspora Convention has been postponed till 2022. The convention was scheduled for June 16-18, 2021. The Ministry’s sensitivity to the realities of the affect of the pandemic on all stakeholders warrants this consideration.
The 2022 staging of the Convention will coincide with Jamaica’s Diamond Jubilee, 60thAnniversary of Independence. The celebration is projected to be the nation’s first put up COVID Independence celebrations.
Digital Jamaica Diaspora Sustainability Symposium
For this yr’s alternate Diaspora engagement, the Ministry of Overseas Affairs and Overseas Commerce, in partnership with the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), the Workplace of the Prime Minister, Legacy Companions, the World Jamaica Diaspora Council (GJDC), the World Jamaica Diaspora Youth Council (GJDYC) and different native and abroad stakeholders, will stage the Digital Jamaica Diaspora Sustainability Symposium. The symposium runs from June 16-17, beneath the theme “Jamaica and the Diaspora – Stronger Collectively for a Sustainable Future”.
“Given the protracted nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, together with its concomitant well being and monetary challenges, it can’t be enterprise as traditional. As such, the Symposium is being thought-about as an efficient pivot to keep up the reference to the Diaspora. Particularly, with a view to strengthening current partnerships”, defined Senator the Honourable Leslie Campbell, Minister of State within the Overseas Ministry. One in all whose primary portfolio duties is that of Diaspora Affairs.
Subjects for Discussions
The Symposium will characteristic panel discussions on Well being and Wellness, Schooling, and Diaspora Partnerships for Sustainable Improvement. And, will probably be hosted by the World Jamaica Diaspora Council (GJDC). It is going to be adopted by the extremely prestigious Governor-Normal’s Awards for Excellence. This yr, the awards will probably be specializing in “Heroes of the Pandemic”. The day’s actions will conclude with the Prime Ministerial City Corridor.
A Youth Discussion board, hosted by the World Jamaica Diaspora Youth Council (GJDYC), would be the sole exercise on Day 2- the seventeenth June.
Minister Campbell additionally noticed that “The Jamaica Diaspora Sustainability Symposium is one other automobile by which the Authorities of Jamaica (GoJ) can work together with and interact the Jamaican Diaspora on essential nationwide points, in addition to on issues of significance to the Diaspora wherever they reside – an important tenet of the Nationwide Diaspora Coverage.” The primary Jamaica Diaspora Convention was held in 2004 and has been the principal means by which the GoJ engages with its Diaspora, in each the normal and non-conventional jurisdictions.