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President of the Jamaican Diaspora Canada Foundation (JDCF), Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams has said that the postponement of the Jamaican Diaspora Conference is probably the best decision at this time.
The conference was originally scheduled to take place from June 14 to 17 at the Sunset Jamaica Grande, in Ocho Rios, St. Ann, under the theme: ‘Partnering for Transformation: Jamaica and its Diaspora’, with delegates coming from Canada, the United States of America (USA) and the United Kingdom (UK).
Speaking to JIS News, Mrs. Folkes-Abrahams said the recent operations by the Security Forces in sections of West Kingston and the low registration numbers were the deciding factors for the postponement, announced by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.
Reactions from the delegates to the postponement, she said, have been varied. While some agree with the decision, there are many who have expressed their disappointment with the postponement, because they have always looked forward to attending ever since the staging of the first biennial conference in 2004.
“Important matters concerning Jamaica and the Diaspora are discussed there, and plans are made for the furtherance of the development of Jamaica and the development of the Diaspora,” said the JDCF President.
There are some delegates, said Mrs. Ffolkes-Abrahams, who have indicated that they will still be travelling to Jamaica at the time of the conference, in order not to lose money already paid for airfare and hotel accommodation.
Speaking on the unrest in sections of Kingston, the Diaspora President said Jamaicans overseas must think about how they can assist in solving the problems at home. She said it is imperative that all stakeholders work together to bring about a change in Jamaica.