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  • State Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Hon. Arnaldo Brown, has lauded the Jamaica Awareness Association of California (JAAC), for its significant contribution to the health and education sectors in Jamaica.
  • The Minister’s message was delivered by Diaspora Advisory Board Member for the Midwest USA, Leo Gilling.
  • Minister Brown said that the Government of Jamaica will be exploring a wide range of areas within which to collaborate in health care, with a view of building long-term partnerships between the health authorities and medical establishments in the Diaspora.

State Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Hon. Arnaldo Brown, has lauded the Jamaica Awareness Association of California (JAAC), for its significant contribution to the health and education sectors in Jamaica.

In a message delivered at the recently held JACC 27th annual fundraising banquet at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott, the Minister noted that over the past seven years, the organisation contributed to the purchase of equipment, training of staff, and organizing of medical missions to Jamaica, valuing in excess of J$150 million.

“Your organization has made a significant contribution to Jamaica. By so doing, you have made a real difference in the quality of life among Jamaicans at home and in your local community overseas.  Your work in the area of philanthropy and leadership underlines the government’s appreciation for your support over the years,” the State Minister said.

The Minister’s message was delivered by Diaspora Advisory Board Member for the Midwest USA, Leo Gilling.

Minister Brown informed that recommendations emanating from the Fifth Biennial Diaspora Conference held in June will be included in the government’s policy agenda.  He said these recommendations would guide the government’s interface with the Diaspora, marking a significant milestone in the homeland, Jamaica Diaspora partnership, which will lead to greater clarity going forward.

He further stated that since the conclusion of the conference in June 2013, the government, in collaboration with the private sector, has formed a committee to ensure that the recommendations made at the conference are implemented in a timely manner. He promised that the committee would be strengthened by members of the Diaspora in due course.

The Minister also pointed to a number of success stories coming out of the last Diaspora conference, particularly in the area of health.  He informed that one result of the hard work of Health Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, along with members of the Diaspora, is a memorandum of understanding (MoU) which was developed between the Ministry of Health and Sunny Brook Hospital in Canada.  There has also been the appointment of a health liaison for the United Kingdom, Canada and the USA.

Minister Brown said that the Government of Jamaica will be exploring a wide range of areas within which to collaborate in health care, with a view of building long-term partnerships between the health authorities and medical establishments in the Diaspora.

In his message, Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Stephen Vasciannie, said that over the past 27 years (JAAC ) has made meaningful impact on the lives of individuals in Jamaica as well as those in local communities.

“Over the years, the scope of your work in providing educational opportunities, in promoting our Jamaican culture abroad, in humanitarian responses to natural disasters and crises response in your local community is truly commendable,” said Ambassador Vasciannie.  He paid tribute to the organization for its dedication to the Diaspora and the vital part it plays in supporting Jamaica’s efforts to assist in the development of its people at different levels.