Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, says the upcoming Eighth Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference is expected to generate tangible outcomes which are implementable.
This assurance against the background of what she notes is concerns from some stakeholders, who describe the conference as a “talk shop”.
“It has been my intention, since I became minister with responsibility for the Diaspora that we would change that and ensure that our conferences have direct outcomes, which are implementable and specific” the minister added.
Johnson Smith further indicated that “we will be reporting on results of the last [conference in 2017, in terms of] where we would have slipped and succeeded, and also looking at how we take these conference outcomes forward, in an actionable way”.
She was speaking with JIS News following the 2019 conference’s launch at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston, last week.
The event is slated for June 16 to 20 at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, under the theme – ‘Jamaica and the Diaspora: Building Pathways for Sustainable Development’.
Meanwhile, Johnson Smith advised that the ministry and its legacy partners are working to ensure that this year’s conference is “one of the best ever”.