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Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, says that engagement of the Government with Jamaicans overseas is central to the country’s advancement.

She said that the Government has embarked on an aggressive growth and development strategy to spur investments, create jobs, boost business, and enable a better quality of life for all Jamaicans and the Diaspora is integral to the process.

“We take the position that Jamaica’s growth and prosperity agenda is incomplete without the committed engagement and active participation of the Diaspora. We are resolutely committed to implementing the policies and programmes necessary to facilitate increased levels of inclusiveness and involvement to make Jamaica -Diaspora investments, business and philanthropic activities seamless and successful,” the Prime Minister stated.

She was delivering the keynote address at the opening ceremony of the 5th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference on Sunday, June 16, at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort in Montego Bay, St. James.

The four-day conference, which ends on Wednesday, June 19, is being held under the theme: ‘A Nation on a Mission: Jamaica-Diaspora Partnership for Development,’ and will, among other things, highlight investment and business opportunities in the country.

“I encourage you to use the next three days here in Jamaica to enquire into the opportunities to invest and trade and do business with the country, no matter how small,” Mrs. Simpson Miller urged the conference delegates.

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She thanked the overseas nationals for their invaluable contributions to the health and education sectors, and other continued benevolent gestures to the country.

Citing the success of other Diaspora movements, the Prime Minister said she is convinced that there are solutions in increasing engagement with overseas nationals.

“The Jamaican Diaspora will allow us to present to the world, a smarter, stronger, and more diverse workforce to attract investments to Jamaica, and to access and distribute our exports into global markets and to deepen the linkages and benefits to the domestic economy,” she stated, noting that they can also “partner with us to solve some of the social issues.”

Contact: Garfield L. Angus