Resulting from COVID-19 restrictions, Jamaica’s Ministry of Overseas Affairs and Overseas Commerce has determined to postpone the ninth Biennial Jamaica (digital) Diaspora Convention, which was slated for June 16-18, 2021.
To exchange this yr’s convention, the Ministry, 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, June 16-17, beneath the theme “Jamaica and the Diaspora – Stronger Collectively for a Sustainable Future”.
Senator the Honourable Leslie Campbell, Minister of State within the Overseas Ministry, stated with COVID-19 nonetheless a public well being risk, it can’t be enterprise as ordinary.
“Given the protracted nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, together with its concomitant well being and monetary challenges, it can’t be enterprise as ordinary. As such, the Symposium is being thought-about as an efficient pivot to keep up the reference to the Diaspora, with a view to strengthening present partnerships”, he defined.
The Symposium will function panel discussions on Well being and Wellness, Training, and Diaspora Partnerships for Sustainable Improvement, hosted by the World Jamaica Diaspora Council (GJDC). Will probably be adopted by the extremely prestigious Governor-Normal’s Awards for Excellence, focusing this yr on “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- June seventeenth.
Minister Campbell additionally famous that “The Jamaica Diaspora Sustainability Symposium is one other car via which the Authorities of Jamaica (GoJ) can work together with and interact the Jamaican Diaspora on necessary 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.
The Ministry says that the 2022 staging of the Convention will likely be even larger and higher since it’s going to coincide with Jamaica’s Diamond Jubilee (sixtieth Anniversary of Independence), projected to be the nation’s first post-COVID Independence celebration.