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  • Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Ralph Thomas, has called on members of the Diaspora to register in the ongoing ‘Mapping Jamaica's Diaspora project’, which was officially launched by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, in June last year.
  • The project aims to ascertain the location, skills, expertise and interests of Jamaicans across the globe.
  • The Ambassador said that every member of the Diaspora, in the shortest time possible, should register and be included in that database, “so that we can know who they are, where they are and what they do.”

Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Ralph Thomas, has called on members of the Diaspora to register in the ongoing ‘Mapping Jamaica’s Diaspora project’, which was officially launched by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, in June last year.

The project aims to ascertain the location, skills, expertise and interests of Jamaicans across the globe.

In an interview with JIS News, the Ambassador said that every member of the Diaspora, in the shortest time possible, should register and be included in that database, “so that we can know who they are, where they are and what they do.”

The Ambassador noted that he would be meeting with individuals and Diaspora groups throughout the United States to emphasize how important the programme is, and to personally encourage them to get involved.

Turning to the OAS, to which he is Jamaica’s Permanent Representative, Ambassador Thomas said it is an important forum for collaboration and cooperation among nations in the hemisphere, and that it should continue to work to ensure that the region remains stable and to advance economic development.

​He told JIS News that his recent meeting with President Obama at the White House was historical.

“It marks the beginning of a new era of engagement with the United States and with the Diaspora. I believe that the relationship between America and Jamaica is well positioned for better engagement and advancement of particular issues that affect our development,” he said.

The Ambassador added that President Obama expressed his support for many of the issues that Jamaicans care about.

“Coming to this new post from another assignment gives me a broader perspective of the world situation and I am also attuned to Jamaica’s present developmental needs,” the Ambassador said.