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  • Jamaicans living overseas have remitted US $16 billion to the island over the last 10 years.
  • This was disclosed by Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Hon. Arnaldo Brown, while addressing the launch of the Mapping Jamaica’s Diaspora Project recently in Baltimore, Maryland.
  • Minister Brown used the opportunity to inform the gathering about the sixth biennial Jamaica Diaspora conference, which will be held from June 14 – 18, 2015 in Montego Bay under the theme: ‘Jamaica and the Diaspora, Looking for Growth and Prosperity’.

Jamaicans living overseas have remitted US $16 billion to the island over the last 10 years.

This was disclosed by Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Hon. Arnaldo Brown, while addressing the launch of the Mapping Jamaica’s Diaspora Project recently in Baltimore, Maryland.

Mr. Brown said the level of inflow demonstrates the continued commitment of the Diaspora to the development of the country.

He noted that last year alone, there were over 300 health missions to the island, while schools continue to receive tremendous support from organisations, institutions and alumni groups.

The State Minister, in hailing the contribution, called on members to strengthen their partnership “with their land of origin in the areas identified in the national grow and investment agenda,” by participating in the Mapping Jamaica’s Diaspora Project.

He stated that there are an estimated 3 million Jamaicans living in the Diaspora, with the United States accounting for 1.8 million of that number.  The United Kingdom and Canada are home to approximately 800,000 and 300,000 Jamaicans, respectively.

Mr. Brown is encouraging them to log on at www.mapjadiaspora.iom.int and take the online survey, to register their skills, interests and location. He said the goal is to have a 100,000 Jamaicans in the database by June 2015.

Information garnered will better enable the Government to serve the Diaspora and harness its potential for the benefit of the country.

Minister Brown used the opportunity to inform the gathering about the sixth biennial Jamaica Diaspora conference, which will be held from June 14 – 18, 2015 in Montego Bay under the theme: ‘Jamaica and the Diaspora, Looking for Growth and Prosperity’.

He said the main areas of focus will be investments, trade and social services.

Among those at the launch were: Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Stephen Vasciannie; Maryland House of Delegates Representative, Shirley Natham-Pulliam; President of the National Association of Jamaican and Supportive Organizations (NAJASO), Rick Nugent; President of the Jamaica Association of Maryland (JAM), Noel Godfrey; and President of the Jamaican American Bar Association (JABA), Joan Pinnock.

There were similar launches in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware.