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ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

We look forward to welcoming home all Jamaicans, to the 2017 gathering in the heart of Kingston!

The Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference under the theme “Partnering for Growth” promises to be an informative and rich experience in the capital of Kingston at the Jamaica Conference Centre. ‘The programme has been fully redesigned to breathe new life into the format of the conference and the planned exchanges with participants.

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WHO SHOULD ATTEND

Anyone of Jamaican descent, who resides outside of Jamaica or in Jamaica, can attend and participate in the conference. There are no restrictions.

The event will bring together a diverse group of Jamaicans from across the globe with Jamaicans at home. We seek to broaden the Diaspora’s involvement in the affairs of the country. We seek to facilitate and harness Trade and Investment opportunities with Jamaicans in the Diaspora. We also seek to strengthen and facilitate the ways in which the Jamaican Diaspora can further invest their skills, time and resources in social concerns including Health and Education.

Whether you are 2nd or 3rd or 4th generation Jamaican, a member of an organization, or an interested Jamaican seeking an avenue to contribute to Jamaica’s development – come, join us for meaningful dialogue and action.

SPECIAL EVENTS & CHURCH SERVICES
CHURCH SERVICES

Conference attendees are invited to attend and worship special Diaspora church services being scheduled on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd of July. Organized in collaboration with the Jamaica Umbrella Group of Churches, the morning services will be joyful occasions for visiting Jamaicans to gather with Jamaicans at home for worship as we ask for continued blessing for members of the Diaspora and give thanks for the Diaspora’s consistent contribution to nation building and their fellow Jamaicans.

OPENING CEREMONY AND GOVERNOR GENERAL’S ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

This year, the esteemed Governor General’s Achievement Awards has been merged with the Opening Ceremony.

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REGISTRATION

REGISTRATION FEES

-Early Bird Rate will end Midnight, Friday, 30th June 2017

-Late Registration Rate begins Saturday, 1st July 2017

CONFERENCE FEES INCLUDE:

The registration fee is non-refundable and covers the following

-Daily Shuttle between the Official Hotels and the Jamaica Conference Centre

-Please note Airport transfers are not included

-Daily Lunch and Coffee Breaks

-Conference Bag for full conference registrants

-Conference Folder for daily registrants

REGISTER ONLINE

PAY VIA GRACEKENNEDY BILL EXPRESS

Registering online is the ideal method to secure your spot at the Conference.
We are pleased to announce our partnership this year with GraceKennedy Bill Express Online, to provide an efficient, convenient and secure method of payment for all conference registrants. To register online – complete the ONLINE FORM and then follow the link to pay your registration fee Online at the GraceKennedy Bill Express Online payment portal. You will need a VISA or Mastercard Credit Card to pay online

To pay via Bill Express, follow the instructions below.

  1. Access www.billexpressonline.com
  2. Follow the instructions for Sign Up by registering and verifying the credit card which will be used to make payment.
  3. Create an Account
    • (i)   From the “Choose Biller” drop box choose either
      •     –   Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference One Day Pass
        or
      •     –   Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference Full Conference Pass
    • (ii)   In the account name field enter your full name (e.g. John Brown)
    • (iii)  In the account number field enter the telephone number you used on the Registration Form including the area code, e.g. (000)1234567
    •        without using a dash or space between the digits
    • (iv)  Click on the “Create Account” button
  4. Click on the account created and enter the payment amount as well as the required credit card information
  5. Click “Pay Bill” and confirm the payment details by clicking “OK”. A printable receipt will be generated. This receipt is also sent via email to the email address you have used to sign up.

Please note that the system currently supports USD & JMD payments. All other currencies will be converted to USD by the card holder’s bank.

 

 REGISTRATION OPTIONS

The following options are also available to conference registrants:

  1. Attendees can complete the Registration Form ONLINE and pay the registration fee offline via Direct Deposit to the Conference Account. Please contact the Conference Secretariat directly at dca@mfaft.gov.jm  for the Conference account number and Direct Deposit instructions.
  2. Attendees can complete the Registration Form ONLINE and pay the Registration Fee in person at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade. Payment will be accepted in cash
  3. Attendees can DOWNLOAD the printable version of the Registration Form. Email your completed form to dca@mfaft.gov.jm and pay your registration fee via Direct Deposit to the Conference Account.
  4. Attendees can pay the registration fee in cash in person at any of the following six (6) Jamaican Missions in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. Please DOWNLOAD the Registration Form and submit a copy of the completed form to the Mission, when making your payment:

CANADA
JAMAICAN HIGH COMMISSION, OTTAWA
JAMAICAN CONSULATE-GENERAL, TORONTO

UNITED KINGSDOM
JAMAICAN HIGH COMMISSION, LONDON

UNITED STATES
JAMAICAN EMBASSY, WASHINGTON D.C.
JAMAICAN CONSULATE-GENERAL, NEW YORK
JAMAICAN CONSULATE-GENERAL, MIAMI

REGISTERING FOR MORE THAN ONE PERSON

If you are registering for more than one person, a registration form is still required for each registrant.
– If registering via the online portal – select the option to submit up to four (4) additional registrations being paid for by the credit card holder
– If registering offline – download and complete a separate form for each person.

Please note that Registration is only complete when you have completed the registration form in full and paid your registration fees.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

PLEASE CONTACT THE CONFERENCE SECRETARIAT
c/o The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade
21 Dominica Drive, Kinston 5, Jamaica
Telephone: (876) 926 4220 – 8| Ext 3347, 3350 & 3359 | Fax (879) 929 6733
Email: dca@mfaft.gov.jm

OFFICIAL HOTELS

Three of the city’s premier hotels The Courtleigh Hotel & Suites, the Knutsford Court Hotel and the Jamaica Pegasus have forged major partnerships with the 7th staging of conference in Kingston, offering attractive conference group rates and modern amenities to all registered participants.

All Bookings must be made with the Hotels’ Sales/Reservations Department
Please note – the special conference rate can only be accessed by contacting each hotel directly via email or phone.

HOW TO BOOK

Please see below booking codes and contact details for each property

BOOK AGAIN BONUS!

The special rates offered will be valid for one (1) year as long as persons reference the Jamaica 55 Diaspora Rate.

 

PREFERRED AIRLINE
SPECIAL DISCOUNT

Caribbean Airlines, the largest airline in the Caribbean is the Preferred Airline for the Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference and will be offering a special discount to all conference registrants travelling from Toronto, New York, Fort Lauderdale and Nassau to the conference.

AIRLINE BOOKING CODE

The booking code will be available soon.
Please return to the website for more details.

 

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GROUND TRANSPORTATION
Book Your Airport Transfers Now

JCAL – Official Transportation Provider is offering a special rate for Conference Attendees between the Norman Manley International Airport and the Official Conference Hotels

DIASPORA DAY OF SERVICE

Download Day of Service Registration Form and Guidelines

Download 2015 Day of Service Report

Join Us and Make a Big Difference this July

This year’s Conference will culminate, after three days of meetings, with the Diaspora Day of Service on Thursday, 27th of July. Jamaicans residing around the globe are invited to come home in July 2017 for one amazing day, to volunteer and share your skills, time and resources in community projects of your own choosing, anywhere in Jamaica. By participating you can play a role of the positive change you want to see in the lives and circumstances of your fellow Jamaicans at home.

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GOVERNMENT AT YOUR SERVICE
SPECIAL SERVICES FOR DIASPORA MEMBERS
ATTENDING THE CONFERENCE

This collaborative Government At Your Service (GOVAYS) programme by local public agencies seeks to provide members of the Diaspora with a range of public services while in Jamaica, and facilitate fast tracked processing during the conference.

The signature programme, introduced during the last conference was well received by all attendees and will be even more inclusive in 2017. First introduced at the 2013 conference, the Government At Your Service has been well received and patronized by conference attendees. The one stop shop approach offers a unique opportunity for the convenient and fast tracked completion of a wide range of services for business and personal transaction. GOVAYS is conveniently located in the Conference Marketplace.

From Passport Renewals, NIS Registrations and Business Registrations to securing land titles, a TRN number or birth certificate; from securing Returning Resident Status and Marriage certificates to Mortgage statuses, the participating government departments and agencies look forward to being of service to Jamaicans visiting for the conference.

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MARKETPLACE & SPONSORSHIP

EXHIBIT IN THE MARKETPLACE EXPOSITION
Details coming soon!

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS SPECIAL FEATURE
PLEASE CONTACT THE CONFERENCE SECRETARIAT
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade
21 Dominica Drive, Kinston 5, Jamaica
Telephone: (876) 926 4220 – 8| Ext 3347, 3350 & 3359 | Fax (879) 929 6733
Email: dca@mfaft.gov.jm

OUR PARTNERS

The conference would not be possible without key partnerships and endorsements. For information about partnering with the conference contact dca@mfaft.gov.jm

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CONTACT US

CONFERENCE SECRETARIAT

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade
21 Dominica Drive, Kingston 5, Jamaica
Telephone: (876) 926 4220 – 8| Ext 3347, 3350 & 3359 | Fax (879) 929 6733
Email: dca@mfaft.gov.jm
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
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