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The first conference of the Jamaican Diaspora in the United Kingdom (UK), is set for Saturday, April 1 in Birmingham. This conference aims to widen the participation and strengthen the impact of the Jamaican Diaspora in the UK.
Plans for the conference were discussed on January 14 at a meeting of the UK Diaspora group, regional co-ordinators and interest group facilitators. The conference hopes to come up with a consensus of the major issues concerning Jamaican in the UK to be raised at the second Jamaica Diaspora Conference, set for June 15 and 16 in Kingston.
Other issues to be discussed at the UK conference include identifying key issues affecting the Jamaican community in the UK; identifying areas of development, which the Diaspora can impact on in Jamaica; improving the efficiency of the Diaspora in addressing key issues; encouraging networks locally and regionally among community groups and organizations; and encouraging the participation from the younger generation.
The conference will also provide information on how to become involved in the Diaspora movement, and how to influence public policy in the UK.
There will be workshops looking at issues, such as Jamaica’s image, entrepreneurship, immigration, crime and security.

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