News Americas, MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica, Fri. June 14, 2013: Over 500 Jamaicans from across the Diaspora are set to descend on Montego Bay, Jamaica beginning this weekend for the 5th biennial Jamaican Diaspora Conference.
The forum opens Sunday with a golf tourney at Cinnamon Hill that will be followed with the Official Opening Ceremony and Prime Minister’s Reception from 6 p.m. Sunday evening at the Montego Bay Convention Centre. Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller is set to deliver opening remarks to delegates.
The Biennial Jamaica – Diaspora Conference, convened by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, is the global forum that connects Jamaicans from all over the world with Jamaicans in the home country every two years. The event seeks to strengthen existing linkages and networks, and to build alliances for Jamaica’s development and standing in the world.
This year’s re-branded and totally revamped global forum, places special focus on Trade and Investment.
The plenary sessions will begin on Monday, June 17th with topics such as “Jamaica’s Growth and Investment Strategy and Vision 2030 Jamaica National Plan,” Business and Investments, “Innovation, Social Entrepreneurship and Volunteerism,” “Creating a Safe, Peaceful and Harmonious environment in Jamaica,” “International Migration and Development: Business Opportunities Arising from Jamaica’s International Migration and Development Policy,” “FATCA – FINANCIAL ACCOUNTS TRANSACTION COMPLIANCE ACT –impact on Diaspora Investment and Financial transactions with Jamaica,” The Business of Sports, “Micro Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (MSMEs): Opportunities for Diaspora Venture Capital Partnerships” and “Air Passenger Duty (APD) – Impact of Air Passenger Duty (APD) on Diaspora Travel” among the topics on the forum’s agenda.