JIS News

Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Professor Gordon Shirley has said that the island could rise and take its rightful place among the group of great nations, if the people continued to work hard and move the country forward. Speaking at the Grand Independence Ball last Saturday (July 29), at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Miami, the Ambassador urged the Jamaican nationals to be part of the investment and development currently taking place in the island.
The Ambassador cited several non-traditional areas in health and tourism as well as in the area of real estate that persons could take advantage of, and at the same time assist in the country’s economic development.
Turning to the support from the Diaspora, Ambassador Shirley lauded the nationals for their on-going commitment to the welfare of their island home through charitable giving.
“Our spirit, courage and our families are indicators of how Jamaicans have bonded together,” he said.
The Ambassador told the audience that they should participate in the process of nation building by being a part of any diasporic organization that was contributing to the building of a better nation. He appealed to them to enroll in their alumni organizations in their respective communities, reminding them that “our childhood education has prepared us for the successful roles and positions we were now fulfilling today”.
Professor Shirley acknowledged the legacy of the island’s National Heroes, and their contribution to the development of Jamaica as a nation, and encouraged Jamaicans to continue to build on that legacy. In his welcome remarks, Consul General, Ricardo Allicock praised the efforts of the organizers of the event, and for assisting in the development of needy children in the wider communities, through the Needy Kids of Jamaica, a Florida-based community charitable organization.
The Ambassador was presented with the Keys to the City of Miami at the event.
Entertainment was provided by the Tallawah Mento Band and the Bare Essentials Band.