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Diaspora Day to be Celebrated June 16

Diaspora Day, to be observed on June 16, will feature the launch of a study by the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI) on the value of the diaspora to the country. The study is being jointly undertaken by CaPRI and the Jamaica Diaspora Institute (JDI). Details will be outlined during…

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CaPRI Launches Study on Value of the Diaspora

A study to examine the value of the diaspora to Jamaica’s development will be launched on Jamaica Diaspora Day (June 16), which is celebrated annually in Jamaica and abroad. Some of the results will be revealed at the Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference to be held in July. The designation of…

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Foreign Ministry Ironing Out Kinks in CSME

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade has been working with its regional counterparts to resolve some of the problems that frustrate travellers within the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). Under the CSME, skilled persons are entitled to move and work freely throughout the region once granted a…

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Diaspora Marketplace to Showcase Local Products and Services

A Diaspora Marketplace will be part of the Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference scheduled to take place at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston from July 23 to 27. Chairman of the Jamaica Diaspora Conference 2017, Earl Jarrett, said the marketplace, which will operate for the duration of the conference, will…

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Trinidadian Minister Not Searched by Jamaican Immigration Authorities

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Jamaica has today confirmed that neither Jamaican Immigration or Customs officials, nor any security personnel retained by the Government of Jamaica conducted a search on a Trinidadian Minister of Government at the Norman Manley International Airport. The Ministry was responding to…

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Jamaica Urges all Parties in Venezuela to Engage in Dialogue

The Government is urging all parties in Venezuela to commit to renewed dialogue and negotiation towards a comprehensive, political agreement with concrete actions and guarantees to ensure its implementation for the well-being of the country and its people. In a statement at the 29th Meeting of Consultation of Ministers of…

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High Commissioner to Launch Diaspora Conference in London

High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (UK), His Excellency Seth George Ramocan, will launch the Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference and the Jamaica 55 celebrations in London, on Thursday, June 1. The conference will be held over the period July 23 to 26 at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, under…

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Basic School Receives Help from Foreign Affairs Ministry

The Mission House Methodist Basic School in East Rural St. Andrew is to receive assistance from employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, in its quest to attain Early Childhood Commission (ECC) certification. Members of the Jamaica Foreign Service Association (JaFSA) at the Ministry have committed to…

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Diaspora Conference Launch in Canada May 30

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, will launch the Diaspora 55 Conference in Canada on Tuesday, May 30, at the Eaton Chelsea Hotel in Toronto. The conference, slated for July 23 to 26 at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, under the theme:…

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Eight Jamaicans to Pursue Medical Studies in Cuba

Another eight Jamaicans will be pursuing medical studies in Cuba starting in September under the Jamaica/Cuba Bilateral Scholarship Programme. They are Jamila Brown, Regina Smith, Tony Brodnock, and Trishauna Thompson, who will be studying for Doctor in Medicine degrees; Sovia Brown, will read for Master of Science Degrees in Medical…

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Jamaica 55 UK Steering Committee Launched

The Jamaican High Commission will host the joint UK launch of Jamaica 55 celebrations and the Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference on Thursday, June 1, in London. This was announced at the launch of the Jamaica 55 UK Steering Committee by High Commissioner to the UK, His Excellency Seth George Ramocan.…

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Foreign Affairs Ministry Renovates Basic School

The Mission House Methodist Basic School in Gordon Town, East Rural St. Andrew, is closer to securing Early Childhood Commission (ECC) certification following renovations carried out at the institution on Labour Day, May 23. The institution, which is affiliated with the Gordon Town Methodist Church, has already fulfilled 79 per…

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New ACP-EU Agreement After 2020

Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, says the Government is committed to the negotiation for a successor arrangement to the African, Caribbean and Pacific-European Union (ACP-EU) Cotonou Partnership Agreement, when the existing facility expires in 2020. She also welcomes the EU’s “strong signals” expressed…

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Gov’t Reaffirms Support For EU Stability

The Government has reaffirmed its support for the solidarity and stability of the European Union (EU). Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, said the Administration will continue to partner with the EU in supporting issues of mutual interest in various regional and international fora.…

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European Union Lauded for Support

The Government has expressed heartfelt gratitude for the significant developmental grant support that the European Union (EU) continues to extend to Jamaica, under a Cooperation Agreement signed 42 years ago. Provisions under this arrangement over the period have, to date, totalled in excess of $100 billion (€1 billion). Foreign Affairs…

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EU Delegation Celebrates Europe Day

Today (May 8) the European Union Delegation in Jamaica is celebrating Europe Day and the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Rome Treaties, which heralded the birth of a united Europe. Europe Day is a celebration of the Declaration delivered on 9th May 1950 by then French Foreign Minister,…

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CSME Important – Betton-Nayo

Head of the Trade Agreements Implementation Coordination Unit in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Symone Betton-Nayo, says Jamaicans need to be more aware of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) and the many benefits it offers. She noted that the CSME must be viewed as something…

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Jamaica Engages CARICOM and OAS to Promote Dialogue in Venezuela

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, says Jamaica will continue to engage CARICOM and the Organization of American States (OAS) members to promote dialogue and a peaceful resolution to the situation in Venezuela. Speaking to journalists at a recent press briefing at the…

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Ministry to Take Control of Diaspora Mapping Project Database

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade will take ownership of the database captured under the online Diaspora Mapping initiative, now that the project has ended. Funded by the International Organizaton for Migration (IOM), the project was undertaken in conjunction with the Ministry. It aimed to capture the location,…

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