KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – Foreign Affairs Minister Kamina Johnson Smith, says the proposed implementation of a National Diaspora Policy reflects the commitment of the Government across administrations to the development and well-being of Jamaicans abroad.She said the policy, which is now at the draft stage, has gone through various consultations and reviews, including valuable inputs from the Jamaican Diaspora.“We had multilevel layers of consultation [including focus groups] and even then, there were deeper discussions with the Diaspora Advisory Board members… . This is part of a truly inclusive process, which has taken us to this draft National Diaspora Policy,” she said.She was speaking at a plenary session for the Eighth Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference here on Wednesday.The Foreign Affairs Minister said the policy is intended to provide the foundational institutional framework for engagement with the diaspora.“While we speak about diaspora engagement, diaspora policy, diaspora investment, et cetera… and while administratively it has been done to an extent, there is no institutional framework within the Jamaican policy framework,” she said.According to Johnson Smith the intention is to now embed the policy “to make sure it is there in a formal sense, which will lead to its sustainability”.“We need to have an institutional framework, which will allow us to develop greater understanding of and response to diaspora challenges, and we need to have a sustainable way to build greater affinity with the younger generation.”She noted that the policy will allow for a more cohesive approach to diaspora engagement.“We have to improve communication and coordination. So we need a mechanism that, while flexible, will give a single platform to allow all of the various branches to have something to connect to, and we need to enhance diaspora contribution to national development,” she said.During the session, Johnson Smith gave a presentation on the policy, seeking the endorsement of members of the diaspora before its presentation to Cabinet, then to Parliament.Eight major policy goals have been established for the National Diaspora Policy. These treat with diaspora engagement and facilitation of their partnership in national development, including through human capital inputs, promotion of the well-being of Jamaicans at home and abroad, and the engagement of young people.The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade will have primary responsibilities for policy implementation and monitoring.In fulfilling these duties, the Ministry will work in collaboration with the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), the National Working Group on International Migration and Development, and the Diaspora Advisory Board or its successor body.
Share Lisa May improved to 2-0 in doubles and singles in her UWF career, and won at No. 6 singles to clinch an Argo victory Thursday (Photo by UWF Athletic Communications) VALDOSTA, Ga. – With the match tied 4-4 against Valdosta State, all eyes turned to No. 9 West Florida’s Lisa May at No. 6 singles. May, a true freshman, came back from a 3-6 loss in the first set to win 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 and keep the Argonauts undefeated Thursday at Valdosta.UWF got off to a strong start, sweeping the doubles competition to lead 3-0. But Luiza Sonnervig (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Ateneu HS) was the only Argo to win a singles match before May (Oviedo, Fla./Oviedo High School) came through for the victory.The win kept the Argos undefeated (4-0) on the season and extended UWF’s Gulf South Conference winning streak to 15 matches dating back to the 2010 season.UWF will have a tall task Friday, Feb. 22, when the Argos take on No. 1 Armstrong at 1 p.m. ET in a neutral match in Valdosta, Ga.For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com. #ARGOS##9 West Florida 5, Valdosta State 402/22/13 at Valdosta, Ga. Singles competition1. Michelle Fischer (VSU) def. Monika Kochanova (UWF) 6-4, 7-52. Luiza Sonnervig (UWF) def. Jennifer Rink (VSU) 6-1, 6-33. Alina Nagel (VSU) def. Nina Bubelova (UWF) 6-4, 6-24. Laura Ubeda (VSU) def. #36 Giovana Patitucci (UWF) 6-2, 6-25. Julianna Boehm (VSU) def. Heather May Walton (UWF) 6-3, 6-26. Lisa May (UWF) def. Jessica Tuggle (VSU) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4Doubles competition1. Monika Kochanova/Nina Bubelova (UWF) def. Michelle Fischer/Jennifer Rink (VSU) 8-22. Mariana Sonnervig/Luiza Sonnervig (UWF) def. Julianna Boehm/Laura Ubeda (VSU) 8-33. Lisa May/Jacqueline March (UWF) def. Alina Nagel/Jessica Tuggle (VSU) 8-6Match NotesValdosta State 3-2West Florida 4-0; National ranking #9; Regional ranking #3Order of finish: Doubles (1, 2, 3); Singles (4, 3, 2, 1, 5, 6)Print Friendly Version No. 9 UWF wins nail-biter, 5-4