News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Oct. 25, 2019: Jamaicans in the Diaspora are set to launch The Global Jamaica Diaspora Council in January as a means of facilitating a more effective engagement between Jamaica and the Diaspora.
A statement sent to News Americas said the concept of the Global Council evolved out of discussions with the existing Diaspora Advisory Board members and other stakeholders, including the Economic Growth Council, who agreed that there needs to be an expansion of the engagement within the Diaspora to include new and emerging regions where Jamaicans reside.
The Council will be an advisory and consultative body that will create pathways for increased engagement with the Jamaican Diaspora. Membership of the Council will comprise 28 members, providing for global representation and expertise drawn from principal social and economic development sectors. This will include Diaspora nationals from Africa, Asia and the Pacific, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East with a high level of proficiency in the education, citizen security, health and wellness, the arts, sports and culture, the faith-based community, development issues and commerce sectors.
Young people between the ages of 18 and 35 years will continue to form part of the engagement structure, holding 7 seats on the new Council, as they remain critical to the sustainability of the Diaspora Movement.