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  • Jamaicans in the Diaspora, representatives of Federal and State Government and members of the diplomatic corps were on hand to officially welcome new Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Ralph Thomas, at a reception held in his honour at the St. Gregory Hotel, in Washington, D.C., on October 8.
  • In his first public address, Ambassador Thomas called on members of the Diaspora to seize the opportunity to participate more fully in the development and growth of Jamaica.
  • This, he said, can be done by engaging in wealth creation and investment, an important role that is being performed by foreign investors, but which can be broaden to include Diaspora investors.

Jamaicans in the Diaspora, representatives of Federal and State Government and members of the diplomatic corps were on hand to officially welcome new Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Ralph Thomas, at a reception held in his honour at the St. Gregory Hotel, in Washington, D.C., on October 8.

In his first public address, Ambassador Thomas called on members of the Diaspora to seize the opportunity to participate more fully in the development and growth of Jamaica.

This, he said, can be done by engaging in wealth creation and investment, an important role that is being performed by foreign investors, but which can be broaden to include Diaspora investors.

The Ambassador pointed out that there are a myriad of investment opportunities now available in Jamaica, in which Diaspora members can participate.

“I will be working with the Diaspora to build bridges and connections between people, communities, institutions and Government to connect with Jamaica in different ways, so that they can benefit from these opportunities that currently exist, with respect to the issue of economic empowerment,” he said.

The Ambassador emphasised that much more can be done, “as we collectively seek to improve the well-being of Jamaicans in the Diaspora, as well as in Jamaica.”

He commended members of the Diaspora for continuing to provide invaluable support and assistance to the process of nation building in Jamaica.

“On behalf of the Government and people of Jamaica, I  express sincere thanks to you members of the Diaspora for all that you have done and will continue to do in the years to come for the Jamaican people everywhere,” he added.

Maryland Senator, Shirley Nathan-Pulliam, presented Ambassador Thomas with a State of Maryland Resolution officially welcoming him to his new post.