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The monthly townhall series, ‘Let’s Connect with Ambassador Marks’, has been well received by the Jamaican Diaspora.
This is according to Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Audrey Marks.
The online programme offers members of the Diaspora the opportunity to speak with the Ambassador about issues that are of interest to them and be updated on the Government’s policies and programmes as well as the Embassy’s activities.
The Ambassador will, on occasions, be joined by various guests, including Government Ministers, US Government officials, key players in various local and international agencies as well as outstanding members of the Diaspora.
“So far, it has been very well received. We usually have quite a turnout of persons and they participate quite actively in asking their questions or giving suggestions,” Ambassador Marks told JIS News.
The Ambassador pointed out that the event is often used when “there is a void in information flow.”
She said Jamaicans abroad remain very connected to Jamaica and tend to be involved in the lives of their fellow citizens on the island.
“They want to know what is happening and they want to contribute to the country, and this programme facilitates that,” she noted.
Commenting on the ninth Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference, to be held from June 14 to 16, the Ambassador said it will help to promote the continued work between the Government of Jamaica and the Diaspora.
She pointed out that the ‘Let’s Connect’ session in June will focus on the 60th Independence Anniversary celebrations.
Ambassador Marks added that the Jamaica 60 theme: ‘Jamaica 60 – Reigniting a Nation for Greatness’, is very appropriate.
“We usually do not realise how much progress we have made as a nation. So, this is an opportunity to sit back and reflect that we have made tremendous progress and to use it as a platform to move forward,” she said.