Jamaica Diaspora Conference 2022

Overview

The Jamaican Government through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade have instituted several initiatives to not only highlight the contributions of the Jamaican Diaspora but also to encourage engagement.

 

The Jamaica Diaspora Conference is a signature biennial global forum that connects Jamaicans and persons of Jamaican descent living across the globe with the aim to strengthen linkages and build alliances that will fuel Jamaica’s growth and development on the world stage.

 

Since its inception, participation in the Conference has steadily increased and as such this year’s target is 5,000 participants. The Conference highlights that the Jamaican Diaspora represents much more than their ability to produce remittances, with its significant untapped economic impact on entrepreneurship development and the transfer of new and emerging skills.

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Available starting June 14, 2022 at 8:15am

News

Hybrid Conference Programme

DAY ONE - TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2022

08:15 AM – 08:30 AM

PRE-BROADCAST

08:30 AM – 09:30 AM

HOST INITIAL REMARKS, AND OTHER BROADCAST CONTENT

Opening Ceremony

09:30 AM – 09:45 AM

HOST AND OTHER BROADCAST CONTENT

09:45 AM – 10:20 AM

Keynote “River side” Chat
Guest: Jacky Wright, Chief Digital Officer and Corporate Vice President, Microsoft US
Global Technology Leader

10:20 AM – 10:30 AM

HOST AND OTHER BROADCAST CONTENT

10:30 AM – 11:45 AM

PLENARY 1

Topic: “ Igniting Diaspora Engagement in a Digitalized World”

11:45 AM – 12:00 PM

HOST, INTERVIEWS AND OTHER BROADCAST CONTENT

12:00 PM – 01:00 PM

ENTERTAINMENT PACKAGE, MARKETPLACE FOCUS

12:30 PM – 01:45 PM

Concurrent Break-Out Sessions

  1. Conference Interest Group Dialogue – Diaspora Faith-Based Organizations
  2. Conference Interest Group Dialogue – Young Diaspora Members
  3. Government Departments and Service Delivery
  4. Stakeholder and Sponsor-hosted Break-Out Sessions

01:45 PM – 02:00 PM

HOST, INTERVIEWS, AND OTHER BROADCAST CONTENT

02:00 PM – 02:35 PM

River-Side Chat – National Identification System, NIDS (45 MINS)
Guest: Hon. Floyd Green MP, Minister without Portfolio with responsibility for NIDS

02:35 PM – 02:45 PM

HOST, INTERVIEW, AND OTHER BROADCAST CONTENT

02:45 PM – 04:00 PM

PLENARY 2
Topic: “Igniting Diaspora Engagement for Education Transformation in Jamaica”

04:00 PM – 04:10 PM

HOST | INTERVIEW | BROADCAST CONTENT | WRAP

04:00 PM – 05:00 PM

MARKETPLACE

EVENING ACTIVITY

HYBRID SPECIAL EVENT HOSTED BY GRACEKENNEDY GROUP

DAY TWO - WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15, 2022

07:30 AM – 08:15 AM

PRE-BROADCAST PACKAGE

08:15 AM – 08:30 AM

Diaspora Connect – Japan Hub

08:30 AM – 08:40 AM

HOST INITIAL REMARKS, AND OTHER BROADCAST CONTENT

08:40 AM – 08:45 AM

DAY ONE FIVE MIN VIDEO WRAP

08:45 AM – 09:00 AM

HOST |INTERVIEW | OTHER BROADCAST CONTENT

09:00 AM – 10:15 AM

PLENARY 3
Topic: “Igniting Diaspora Engagement for Transformation of The Orange
Economy in Jamaica: The Entertainment, Cultural and Creative Industries

10:15 AM – 10:30 AM

HOST | NEW YORK HUB LINK | OTHER BROADCAST CONTENT

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

River-Side Chat – Cryptocurrency
Guests: Mr. Richard Owen Byles, Governor of the Bank of Jamaica
and Dan Keeler, Editor, Block works

11:00 AM – 11:15 AM

HOST | INTERVIEW | OTHER BROADCAST CONTENT

11:15 AM – 11:30 AM

Ignite Talk
Title: “Plant Sup’n! How Farm Up Jamaica leveraged the Biennial Diaspora Conference and
connections made to create a sustainable Agro investment Model and Movement”
Speaker: Mr. Neil Curtis, Founder, Farm Up Jamaica

11:30 AM – 11:45 AM

HOST | INTERVIEW | ENTERTAINMENT | OTHER BROADCAST CONTENT

11:45 AM – 12:15 PM

River-Side Chat – Climate Change and Diaspora Engagement
Guests: Dr. Michael Taylor, Climate Expert & Scientist, Head, Climate Studies Group, UWI
(TBC)
Interviewer: Elizabeth Mullings Smith, Managing Director, Maya Blue Limited,
Environment Management Consultant (TBC)

12:15 PM – 01:15 PM

HOST | ENTERTAINMENT PACKAGE, | NEW YORK HUB LINK | MARKETPLACE FOCUS

12:30 PM – 01:30 PM

Concurrent Break-Out Sessions

  1. Conference Interest Group Dialogue – Diaspora Faith Based Organizations
  2. Government Departments and Service Delivery
  3. Stakeholder and Sponsor-hosted Break-Out Sessions

01:30 PM – 01:40 PM

HOST | INTERVIEWS | NEW YORK HUB LINK | OTHER BROADCAST CONTENT

01:40 PM – 02:00 PM

River-Side Chat
Guest: Dr. Marlene Street Forrest, Managing Director, Jamaica Stock Exchange

02:10 PM – 02:15 PM

HOST | INTERVIEW | OTHER BROADCAST CONTENT

02:15 PM – 03:30 PM

PLENARY 4
Topic: “Diaspora Business and Investment in Jamaica”

03:30 PM – 03:45 PM

HOST | INTERVIEWS | NEW YORK HUB LINK | OTHER BROADCAST CONTENT

03:45 PM – 04:15 PM

Ignite Talk
Title: Investment Opportunities in Jamaica
Speaker: Ms. Diane Edwards, President, JAMPRO

04:15 PM – 04:30 PM

HOST | INTERVIEW | BROADCAST CONTENT | WRAP

04:30 PM – 05:00 PM

MARKETPLACE

EVENING ACTIVITY

ONLINE EVENT HOSTED BY VM GROUP

DAY THREE - THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2022

08:30 AM – 08:40 AM

HOST INITIAL REMARKS, AND OTHER BROADCAST CONTENT

08:40 AM – 08:45 AM

DAY TWO FIVE MIN VIDEO WRAP

08:45 AM – 09:00 AM

HOST | MIAMI HUB LINK | OTHER BROADCAST CONTENT

09:00 AM – 09:20 AM

River-Side Chat
Title: “Navigating Mental Health Recovery and My Life in Comedy”
Guest: Ms. Juliet “Julie Mango” Bodley, Comedian, Mental Health Advocate

09:20 AM – 09:45 AM

HOST |INTERVIEW | OTHER BROADCAST CONTENT

09:45 AM – 11:15 AM

PLENARY 5
Topic: “Igniting Diaspora Engagement for Transforming Health and
Wellness Services in Jamaica”

11:15 AM – 11:30 AM

HOST |INTERVIEW | MIAMI HUB INK | OTHER BROADCAST CONTENT

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM

River-side Reasoning
Guest: Major General Antony Anderson, Commissioner of Police,
Jamaica Constabulary Force

12:15 PM – 01:15 PM

HOST | ENTERTAINMENT PACKAGE, MARKETPLACE FOCUS

02:00 PM – 02:20 PM

HOST |INTERVIEW |MIAMI HUB LINK | OTHER BROADCAST CONTENT

02:20 PM – 03:00 PM

Seminar Short
DIASPORA MECHANISMS IN ACTION
Title: “The Global Jamaica Diaspora Council (GJDC) and the Global Jamaica Diaspora Youth
Council (GJDYC): Successes, Challenges and the Way Forward”

03:30 PM – 04:00 PM

CLOSING SESSION

04:00 PM – 04:15 PM

HOST | INTERVIEW | BROADCAST CONTENT | WRAP

04:30 PM – 05:00 PM

MARKETPLACE

EVENING ACTIVITY

ONLINE SPECIAL EVENT HOSTED BY VM GROUP

Diaspora Conferences since 2004

  1. 2004       –              The Jamaican Diaspora: Unleashing the Potential
  2. 2006       –              Unleashing the Potential
  3. 2008       –              A Borderless Partnership for Development
  4. 2011       –              One Nation: Jamaica and its Diaspora in Partnership
  5. 2013       –              A Nation on a Mission: Jamaica –Diaspora Partnership for Development
  6. 2015       –              Jamaica and the Diaspora: Linking for Growth and Prosperity
  7. 2017       –              Partnering for Growth
  8. 2019       –              Jamaica and the Diaspora: Building Pathways for Sustainable Development
  9. 2022       –             ‘ Reigniting A Nation for Greatness’
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