News Americas Now, Philadelphia PA, Tuesday, August 5, 2014: Jamaica’s Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Arnaldo Brown, is scheduled to visit Philadelphia, on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 to promote the 2015 Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference.
During the visit, Minister Brown is expected to launch the 6th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora in 2015, with local members of the Jamaica Trade Council of Greater Philadelphia, the Jamaica American Bar Association, and Team Jamaica Bickle, and will also address the Jamaican community.
The conference is scheduled for June 14 to 18 in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
He is also scheduled to attend a private luncheon with the Consul General of Jamaica from New York, Herman LaMont, along with representatives from the Jamaica Trade Council of Greater Philadelphia, the Jamaica American Bar Association, Team Jamaica Bickle and the City of Philadelphia. Additionally, he is expected to pay a courtesy visit to the University of Pennsylvania, tour the Barnes Museum and speak at a public forum at the New Testament Church of God.
The Biennial Diaspora Conference has been re-branded with an increased focus on business, trade and investment. Last year, approximately 1,512 participants were in attendance in Jamaica, including representatives from the traditional Diaspora countries of the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States, as well as locations further afield, such as Malawi, and the United Arab Emirates.
The Honorable Arnaldo Brown, Member of Parliament for East Central St Catherine was appointed Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs& Foreign Trade on Friday, January 6, 2012. State Minister Brown, an attorney-at-law by profession, is responsible for the Diaspora and Foreign Trade portfolios in the Ministry.
His objective for the Diaspora Portfolio is to deepen the engagement between Jamaicans at home and abroad in the country’s journey toward development. For the Trade Portfolio, the State Minister has identified the trade in services and its growth, facilitation and measurement as a priority.