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The Diaspora has been deluged with marketing and emails and articles and social media posts promoting the new Global Jamaica Diaspora Council. However, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade (MFAFT) have yet to even attempt to resolve any of the legitimate concerns raised by members of the Diaspora around the structure, intent and design of the new Council.

1. Why is a Minister of Government, the Chair of a Diaspora Council? Diaspora Councils in other countries are headed by members of the Diaspora, not the Government. Is this an attempt to create a second Prime Minister, but for the Diaspora?

2. Why is MFAFT maintaining a 14-year-old legacy engagement model?  MFAFT has stated the new Council carries forward the structure of the Diaspora Advisory Board.  It has been over a decade; the movement has evolved. Any new engagement mechanism designed to support the Diaspora that does not even attempt to address, in some form or fashion,  the repeated requests over many years for representation; does not serve the Diaspora but rather serves the Government of Jamaica.

3. Why is the Diaspora going through an election for a nonpolitical position? There is mass confusion around what being elected means. There is still a perception that an election implies political representation. Given that the Diaspora is voting, this is a normal assumption. Again, since it does not, why are we voting?

4. Why is MFAFT driving and so intricately involved in what has always been a Diaspora led election process? 

5. Why does the Council website state that paper registration will not be available, yet paper registrations are actively being collected? There is no documentation in the MFAFT material on this paper process. Who will transcribe the paper data into the system? How will the integrity of our data and voting be ensured?

6. Why are these legitimate community concerns being blatantly ignored? Is the Council, a fixed and inflexible model that cannot be modified to better support the actual stakeholders it was designed to engage? 

Can MFAFT provide real resolution vs repeated marketing?, Diaspora Voice

As part of the Government’s efforts to create a safer and secure environment for all Jamaicans, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade has given its support for the establishment of a Returning Residents Taskforce in July of this year.  The objective of the Taskforce is to address myriad issues of the Returning Residents community, including safety, security and customs.  The Taskforce consists of representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), Ministry of National Security, Jamaica Customs Agency and Returning Residents Associations from  across the island.

A deliverable of Taskforce is the publication of the Safety and Security Handbook by the Corporate Communications Unit of the Jamaica Constabulary Force for those Jamaicans seeking to return home and those who have already returned.

download the Safety and Security Handbook here

For more information and feedback, contact;

Andrea Dubidad-Dixon
Minister/Deputy Chief of Mission
Embassy of Jamaica


The Programme is a fully paid cultural and professional internship geared towards second and third generation Jamaican university students who are living in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.  It promises to highlight many aspects of Jamaican life while furthering the career goals of the selected candidates. It was launched in 2004 but had to be suspended in 2008 and then reinstated in 2015.  Kayla Green, a senior at Binghamton University and Anastacia Davis, a masters student at Full Sail University were the two interns selected from the USA.

For more information, download BRIEFING DOCUMENT- BIRTHRIGHT PROGRAMME 2018

Simone is a highly-sought after motivational speaker. She was named the National Spokesperson for Caribbean American Heritage Month for June 2017. On June 9, 2017, she released Unstoppable: A Memoir of Adversity, Perseverance & Triumph, which is in development for film adaptation. On August 6, 2017, the Government of Jamaica conferred the national award, the Order of Distinction which is bestowed on citizens of Jamaica who have rendered outstanding and important service to Jamaica in their field.

Press Release: PRESS RELEASE Simone Edwards.pdf

You are invited to take part in this important survey, “Value of Jamaica’s Diaspora”, being conducted by the Jamaica Diaspora Institute and the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CAPRI).

It will take approximately ten minutes for you to complete the survey. The results will be shared at the upcoming Diaspora Conference, being held in Kingston, Jamaica, July 23 – 26, 2017. The results of the survey will assist in guiding the Jamaican government’s strategy for engagement with the Diaspora and to strengthen partnerships for Jamaica’s growth and development.

Please note that your name is not required and therefore your identity remains anonymous in this survey. Feel free therefore to be as open as you want to be.

Start Survey

Please pass on the survey to other Jamaicans

Join the Live online launch of the Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference on Tuesday April 4, 2017.  The Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Honourable Andrew Holness ON, MP will deliver the keynote address.

Watch the live stream at:

Please join to learn more about the national preparations for the conference in July of this year and why you should plan to attend!

Shows air Saturdays @ 2pm & Sundays @ 3pm on Hartford Public Access Television (HPATV) Channel 5. All shows can be accessed @ (no charge) via video-on-demand in the folder, ‘The Jamaica Diaspora Show’.

Link to Joan Pinnock, Esq. Interview;



The Commission to Review Jamaica’s Relations within the CARICOM and ACP Cariforum Framework (CARICOM Review Commission) is inviting the public to submit recommendations for members to the committee.

The submission should include the sender’s full name and contact information with an attached Word or PDF recommendation. Submissions should be sent to on or before August 31, 2016. 

Jamaica House Fellowship Programme

The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) has introduced the Jamaica House Fellowship Programme to offer a number of exceptional Jamaicans the opportunity to grow professionally while contributing to national development.

Successful candidates are required to be tertiary-trained with at least a Bachelor’s degree and possess a strong track record of community service. Detailed information can be found on the Jamaica House Fellowship webpage at

The application is open to the Diaspora. Apply online by Tuesday, 2nd August 2016. For more information email

A PhD research in economics is underway at the American University (Washington, DC), on the topic of “Integration of Caribbean immigrants into the US labor market.”  The research is being led by a Caribbean-American representative.

The Embassy is supportive of initiatives such as this which seeks to obtain tangible data on Jamaican/Caribbean nationals and their involvement in various aspects of the U.S society.  In this regard, we are requesting your kind support.  If you are from Jamaica or are born in the US of Jamaican parents, we are kindly asking that you take a few minutes to fill out the short survey which can be accessed at the following link on your mobile, tablet or laptop:

diasporaThe election for Diaspora Advisory Board Member – West Midwest Region USA opened April 21st, 2015 and closes midnight Friday May 22, 2015


Only members of the diaspora who currently reside in the 21 states below can cast votes for Advisory Board Members in this region.

You MUST be a Jamaican
You MUST be over 18 years of age
You MUST currently reside in the West/Midwest Region USA

All votes will be verified.
Insure your telephone number and email address are correct and that you hit the word “done” at the end of the survey to submit your vote on Survey Monkey.

Your vote will be invalid (will not be counted) if it is found that:
1. You voted twice
2. You did not fully complete the survey
3. The voter resides outside of the West Midwest region
4. You are not a Jamaican
5. You are under the age of 18
6. Your vote is found to be otherwise dishonest
7. Your vote is an attempt to manipulate the voting system

You can cast your vote from any smart phone, iPad, tablet, laptop, computer, email, text message or from this newsletter using the survey monkey link below, as long as the internet is available and you are able to open the URL. Please vote once

The Survey Monkey link is :

You can open the link from here or you may cut and paste it into your internet address bar.

If a constituent does not have an email or internet service and wishes to vote, he/she may send their ballot by mail to:

West/Midwest Elections
C/O Marcia McBean – Election Coordinator
12260 SW 50rd St, suite 601B
Cooper City, Fl 33330

Mailed-in ballots Must be post marked May 15, 2015.
The mailed ballots must include:

a. Your chosen candidate
b. Your city of residents
c. Your state of residents
d. Your email address
e. Your telephone number
f. Your first and last name

Candidates are allowed to canvass

The winner by majority votes will be submitted to the Jamaican Ambassador to the United States in Washington DC and then appointed as Diaspora Advisory Board Member for the West/Midwest USA by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade

Second place candidate will be Alternate Advisory Board Member for the West Midwest Region USA

The Three Candidates are as follows and not in any order of preference:

Rupert Francis
Kimone Gooden
Marie Kellier

States included in constituency are:

New Mexico
North Dakota
South Dakota
Washington State

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Jamaica, in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), launched the Mapping Jamaica’s Diaspora Project on Tuesday, 10th June 2014, in Kingston. Similar launches have taken place in the United Kingdom and Canada, with plans afoot to carry out launches throughout the United States of America and in other locations where it is feasible to do so. Latin America and the Caribbean are key targets in this effort.

The Project, which will take place over an eighteen (18) month period, will be facilitated by way of an online survey tool housed on the following website: Following the completion of the Project, a database of Jamaicans overseas, their location, skills and interests, will be created. It is hoped that the completion of the survey by members of the Jamaican Diaspora, will enable the Government of Jamaica to more effectively engage these members of the extended Jamaican family.

Please note that the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has advised that as at 10th July 2014, there have been One Hundred and Fifty (150) respondents to the Project’s General Survey, with respondents hailing from Malawi, South Africa, Australia and Europe among other locations. There were a total of two (2) responses to the Group Survey as of the same date. The aim is to have at least 100,000 persons completing the survey by the end of the eighteen (18) month period which began in December 2013.


Leo Gilling, Jamaican Diaspora Advisory Board Member for the West/Midwest Region of the US, announced today a new initiative which supports Jamaica’s Vision 2030 Goal as well as the recommendations that came out of the 2013 Diaspora Conference recently held in June. The Advancement in Education 2014 is a new project that has been endorsed by the Minister of Education Hon. Ronald Thwaites, the Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Hon. Arnaldo Brown, and the President of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association, Mr. Mark Nicely.

There will be two Education Summits hosted in Jamaica in February, 2014 as part of the Advancement in Education 2014 initiative. The first Education Summit will be held on Tuesday, February 18th at Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College in Montego Bay, St. James. The second Education Summit will be held onThursday, February 20th at Cedar Grove Academy in Portmore, St. Catherine. Both summits will bededicated to highlighting the critical needs, limitations and strengths of the education system in Jamaica. They will also be used to identify the areas in which members of the Jamaican Diaspora in the US, Canada and Europe can be of most assistance.

The Advancement in Education Summit will include presenters from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Ministry of Education, Jamaica Teachers Association, Joint Board of Teacher Education,Early Childhood Commission, other key organizations and members of the Jamaican Diaspora. The format of the Education Summit Meetings will include presentations from the various Ministries and institutions of higher education and stakeholders, followed by a question/answer session where the various organizations will field questions from principals, teachers, parents, students, the media and the general public. The event will be aired so that stakeholders will have immediate knowledge of the discussion topics and the recommendations and outcomes of the meetings. Following the Education Summit Meetings, The Advancement in Education 2014 team will reflect on the discussions, developdetailed recommendations and support the intended outcomes of this effort.

The Education Summit Meetings will also promote and enhance the work of other organizations and individuals of the Diaspora who have done tremendous work in Jamaica. It is hoped that partnerships will be built among the various regions of the Jamaican Diaspora with the Ministry of Education,Jamaica Teachers’ Association, Joint Board of Teacher Education, Early Childhood Commission andorganizations who have already established and maintained their contributory efforts to schools and their communities across Jamaica.

The Education Summit 2014 was developed out of collaboration with the Jamaica Awareness Association of California which conducted a Mini Summit in Montego Bay in June, 2013. The idea has mushroomed into a national plan so that all schools, colleges and universities can benefit from the potential outcomes of collaboration and the vision of bringing improvements to the overall system of education in Jamaica, throughout Jamaica and remain in line with Jamaica’s Vision 2030.

Advancements in Education: Education Summit 2014
Developing a Strategy for Engaging the Jamaican Diaspora and Friends


On October 19, 1983, the 4-year-old Grenadian revolution, the only Black revolution in the English speaking Western world, was effectively halted by an internal coup followed six days later by an American military invasion.The United Nations General Assembly condemned the invasion.

The ostensible reason for the incursion carried out under President Ronald Reagan, was to stabilize the country and save American students studying at an American offshore medical school in Grenada. The Reagan administration had been hostile to the revolution from its inception. Reagan’s expressed fear was that Cuba (helping Grenada build a new international airport) was erecting missile bases in Grenada and supporting a socialist government in the country.

In spite of Grenada’s best efforts to normalize relations between the two countries, the United States government refused to meet with leaders of Grenada’s People’s Revolutionary Government.

OCTOBER 12, 2013 1-4 PM
LeConte Hall, Room 1
(Just East of the Campanile Esplanade)

Multimedia Presentation

Kathy Sloane, Free Lance Photographer
Kathy Sloane’s photographs are the only remaining archive of images made in Grenada during its revolutionary period. The rest were destroyed during the American invasion. Sloane worked in Grenada for UNICEF, and under the People’s Revolutionary Government for the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Agriculture and The Department of Tourism in 1982 and 1983.

Panel Discussion

Laurie Lambert, Assistant Professor African American and African Studies
University of California at Davis
Lambert is a native of Grenada. Her recent dissertation, Worlds Real and Invented: The Grenada Revolution and the Caribbean Literary Imaginary , traces the transnational scope of the Grenada Revolution, analyzing the ways in which literature and techniques of narration are used to amplify and concretize the impact of small island political culture on the entire Caribbean and African Diaspora.
Eugene “Gus” Newport, Mayor of Berkeley 1979-1986
Long time activist and currently national consultant in Community Development
Under Newport, Berkeley hosted Grenadian PRG Government ministers in Berkeley in 1982 and 1983.
In 1990, The Grenada Foundation sent him to Grenada as part of a delegation to observe the elections.
Don Rojas, Communications Director,The Praxis Project
During the Revolution (1979-1983) Rojas was the press secretary to Prime Minister of Grenada, Maurice Bishop. In the ensuing 30 years he has served as the first Communications Director of the NAACP, Media Manager for Oxfam America, Executive Editor of the New York Amsterdam News and General Manager of the Pacifica Radio station WBAI.

Sponsored by Dr. Hardy Frye and the African American Studies Department

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Just recently I returned home from the Jamaica Diaspora conference held in Montego Bay from June 16-19; with a “day of service” by diaspora representatives on June 20, 2013. I am inviting you for a complete wrap-up session to be held by tele-conference on Sunday June 30, 2013 @ 1pm PT. To get into the tele-conference, please dial (605) 477 2100; your pass code is 163770 to enter. Once you enter, announce yourself and your State of residence.

I am looking forward to hearing from you; your questions, comments, updates etc. will be important in helping us forward. You may find an opportunity for investment in Jamaica or a way to give back to your home country. Hear it all on this line first. See you then.

Leo Gilling
Advisory Board Member
West/Midwest Region USA

The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) is preparing its second Medium Term Socio-Economic Policy Framework (MTF) 2012-2015. The new MTF 2012-2015 will define the priority national outcomes, strategies, programmes and targets for the next three years of implementation of the Vision 2030 Jamaica – National Development Plan.

The PIOJ wishes to involve the Jamaican Diaspora in the planning process as far as possible. To this end, it has designed a short online questionnaire that it wants members of the Diaspora to complete.

The link to the online survey is:

General information on Vision 2030 Jamaica is also available at the following website:

Concerned Members of the Clergy in the Jamaican Diaspora of the USA, Canada and the UK

In Association with

Intercessory Prayer Ministry International



Sixth Annual Jamaican Diaspora Day of Prayer and Fasting
For Renewal and Transformation of Jamaica

Monday, August 2, 2010

This Annual Prayer initiative encourages Jamaican Christians and Friends of Jamaica in the Diaspora to fast and pray during the day, then participate in an inter-prayer service for the island of Jamaica. For more about this event visit:
For a list of the various church venues in the United States, Canada and the UK visit:
For a live broadcast of the 7:30 PM DST service from Beulah Church of The Nazarene in Brooklyn visit:
To view or print copies of the flyer about the event at Beulah Church of the Nazarene visit:

Supported by the Governor General of Jamaica and the Consul General of Jamaica, New York
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