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The postponed fourth Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference, originally scheduled for June 14 to 17 at the Sunset Jamaica Grande, Ocho Rios, St. Ann could be rescheduled for 2011.

Chair of the Diaspora Conference Planning Committee and General Manager of Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS), Earl Jarrett, said the Conference may be held June, 2011.

Chairman of the Diaspora Planning Committee, Earl Jarrett (left) with members of the Jamaican Advisory Board, from left: Celia Grandison-Markey (UK); Derek Douglas (UK); and Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams (Canada).

"As I understand it, we are going to continue with the convention theme, which is to host it right here in this hotel, Jamaica Grande, in Ocho Rios," Mr. Jarrett told a Forum on Diaspora matters, organised by the United Kingdom Diaspora group on June 16, at the Jamaica Grande Hotel.

He said the 5th Jamaican Diaspora Convention is being contemplated for London, England, in 2012, at the same time of the Summer Olympics.

"2012 is the 50th Anniversary of Jamaica's Independence. It is also the year in which you'll have the largest concentration of Jamaicans in any one place, when they turn up in the UK to beat the colonisers in athletics. We hope to be in London in 2012 in large numbers, showing the best of Jamaica," he stated.

Dr. Henley Morgan in discussion with Jamaican Diaspora members

The Diaspora Planning Chair said he hopes that between now and June, 2011 a series of meetings will take place in Diaspora communities in England, the USA and Canada to keep the spirit alive.

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