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  • A draft of the National Diaspora Policy (NDP) has been approved by Cabinet as a Green Paper for presentation to Parliament, shortly.
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, made the announcement on Tuesday (March 3), during her address to members of the Diplomatic Corps at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston, as part of activities for Diplomatic Week 2020, which is being observed under the theme ‘Delivering a Decade of Resilience for All’.
  • According to the Minister, the Policy “provides an institutional framework and a road map for cohesive engagement and partnership with the Jamaican Diaspora, which is dispersed across so many countries”.

A draft of the National Diaspora Policy (NDP) has been approved by Cabinet as a Green Paper for presentation to Parliament, shortly.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, made the announcement on Tuesday (March 3), during her address to members of the Diplomatic Corps at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston, as part of activities for Diplomatic Week 2020, which is being observed under the theme ‘Delivering a Decade of Resilience for All’.

According to the Minister, the Policy “provides an institutional framework and a road map for cohesive engagement and partnership with the Jamaican Diaspora, which is dispersed across so many countries”.

“The policy is aligned to Vision 2030 as well as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) and envisions that by 2030 there will be transformative empowerment of the Jamaican Diaspora to realise their fullest potential in their countries of residence, while optimising their contributions to national development,” she added.

The purpose of the NDP is to establish a framework for the coordinated engagement of Jamaica’s diaspora, in keeping with the Government’s commitment to broaden the inclusion of the diaspora in nation-building, recognising the tremendous capacity, interests and resources within the distinct diaspora groupings, and to promote their interests and well-being.

In the meantime, Senator Johnson Smith said the newly established Global Jamaica Diaspora Council, which has a membership of 28 persons across the globe, “is moving swiftly to prioritise its work and to operationalise its plan of action”.

The Council is geared at facilitating more effective engagement between Jamaica and the diaspora and will be an advisory and consultative body that will create pathways for increased engagement with the Jamaican Diaspora.

The concept of the Council evolved out of discussions with the then Diaspora Advisory Board members and other stakeholders, including the Economic Growth Council, who agreed that there needed to be an expansion of the engagement within the diaspora to include new and emerging regions where Jamaicans reside.

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