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  • Ambassador Vascianne said Diaspora groups have contributed to Jamaica in various forms.
  • The Government of Jamaica sees the provision of educational opportunity as one of the main ways to help Jamaica.
  • Jamaicans, when given the right opportunities, flourish both within and outside the country.

Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Stephen Vasciannie, has acknowledged the significant contribution that members of the Jamaican Diaspora in South Florida have made to national development.

Addressing some 400 Jamaicans and friends of the island at the second annual presentation ceremony of the Jamaican-American Bar Association at the Sheraton Miami on November 2, Ambassador Vascianne said Diaspora groups have contributed to Jamaica in various forms.

These, he said, 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 said the Government of Jamaica sees the provision of educational opportunity as one of the main ways to help Jamaica raise its developmental prospects.

He said many Jamaicans, when given the right opportunities, flourish both within and outside the country.

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

Ambassador 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, reinforces the point that the provision of educational opportunities is key to success.

Stating that Jamaica’s Government is committed to making the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) its final appellate court, Ambassador Vasciannie maintained that the high quality of recent graduates of the Norman Manley Law School will help to ensure that the court continues to be an institution of the highest standards.

Turning to economic matters in the island, the Ambassador told the gathering that the current International Monetary Fund (IMF)-related developments are designed to promote stability and, in turn, boost investor confidence.

He noted further that initiatives, such as the proposed logistics hub project, are designed to transform the Jamaican economy.