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  • Regulation of overseas professionals, who want to do business in Jamaica, will be among the areas for discussion at the 6th biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference.
  • The six-day event, from June 13 to 18, is being held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre under the theme: ‘Jamaica and the Diaspora: Linking for Growth and Prosperity’.
  • Over 100 persons from the UK Diaspora South are expected to attend the conference.

Regulation of overseas professionals, who want to do business in Jamaica, will be among the areas for discussion at the 6th biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference.

The six-day event, from June 13 to 18, is being held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre under the theme: ‘Jamaica and the Diaspora: Linking for Growth and Prosperity’.

Chair of the United Kingdom (UK) Diaspora South Region, Yvonne Brown, said it is very important that guidelines are in place for professionals such as lawyers, valuators, surveyors and financial consultants.

“I am particularly keen that there should be demonstration of active regulations for professionals and systems of redress should things go wrong,” she said.

Over 100 persons from the UK Diaspora South are expected to attend the conference.

Mrs. Brown said that the group will also be seeking information regarding the progress of objectives that were set following the 2013 conference.

“We want to know what progress has been made in relation to the Mapping Project. We want to understand from the powers that be, what is being done to ensure that Jamaica’s infrastructure, its hospitals are fit for purpose for Jamaicans and for those who would choose to visit Jamaica,” she told JIS News.

At this year’s conference, State Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Arnaldo Brown will be presenting a Report Card on the achievements of the 2013 Diaspora engagement and support, as well as highlight future expectations.

Mrs. Brown, who took office in 2014, said she has been working closely with the Jamaica Diaspora UK Board and has received “stellar support” from the Jamaica High Commission, including Her Excellency Aloun Assamba.

She informed that an immigration seminar was held in February 2015 to examine the significant changes that have taken place in the UK in relation to those who seek to visit and to work in the country.

“There have been some stringent changes, which restrict your right to appeal. Once you are in the UK there are regulations, which require you to return to your homeland before you can appeal the length of time you have to remain in the UK without work before you can be registered legitimately…so there are some very significant changes that have impacted on the Jamaican community,” she said.

“Our objective is to ensure that those who are in the UK permanently are updated on these issues and then they can inform their families and friends and business associates,” she added.

Mrs. Brown, who is a lawyer, said that she is also looking forward to networking with her colleagues from the United States of America, Canada and other countries at the conference.

“We are rich in nature. Networking is wonderful and that is what I am looking forward to,” she told JIS News.