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The Jamaica Diaspora UK is scheduled to meet in Birmingham on August 19 to discuss, among other issues, the Terms of Reference for the proposed Joint Select Committee of Parliament on Diaspora Affairs.
This Committee was one of the proposals made by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller at the Jamaica Diaspora Conference in Kingston in June this year.
The Jamaica Diaspora Advisory Board Members in the United Kingdom (UK), the United States and Canada are required to submit proposals for the Terms of Reference of the Committee.
Members of the UK Advisory Board, Travis Johnson and Paulette Simpson, want the meeting to initiate consultations with the respective communities to get their input for the Terms of Reference.
The submissions must be made to the State Minister with responsibility for Diaspora Matters, Senator Delano Franklyn by August 31, 2006.
Mr. Franklyn is the junior Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.
In letters to delegates who attended the June conference, community organizations, groups and individuals, the UK representatives urged consultations on the matter with members of organizations and the wider Jamaican community, in order to facilitate the process.
The August 19 meeting, which will be held at the Afro-Caribbean Millennium Centre, will also include a review of the Jamaican conference.

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