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SUMMARY OF CONFERENCE

The Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference was successfully staged on 23rd – 26th July 2017 at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston under the theme “Partnering for Growth”. This year’s Conference was aligned strategically with the commemoration of Jamaica’s 55th Independence Anniversary. The Biennial Conference, which was rebranded and revitalized, focused on building, caring and protecting our human capital to drive economic growth; exploring the investment opportunities which align with Jamaica’s Growth Agenda; and highlighted the creative strategies to sustain economic growth, job creation and employment.

The Conference attendees from the Diaspora originated from the traditional locations of the United States of America, United Kingdom and Canada in addition to non-traditional locations such as the Cayman Islands, Japan, Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates.

The Special Features of the Conference included the staging of a Diaspora Growth Forum, Global Young Leaders of Jamaica Forum, and the Marketplace. The Diaspora Growth Forum was spearheaded by the Economic Growth Council and explored the opportunities which exist for the Diaspora to invest in the Outsourcing Sector, the Redevelopment of Downtown Kingston and the Global Logistics Hub. The Global Young Leaders of Jamaica Forum saw the convergence of young Jamaicans in the Diaspora with those in Jamaica. Best practices were shared by these young professionals in the areas of entrepreneurship, deepening cultural ties to Jamaica, and mentorship.

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CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen, ON, CGMG, CD, KSt.J

Governor-General

    The Most Honourable Andrew Michael Holness, ON, MP

    Prime Minister of Jamaica

      Senator the Honourable Kamina Johnson Smith

      Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade

        SCHEDULE

        This session will focus on the quality and diversity of education and training programmes and services to produce graduates with world class competencies, positive values, attitudes and work ethic to facilitate economic growth and social development in Jamaica.

        MODERATOR - DR. RENEE RATTRAY - Senior Manager, Learning, Development and Culture, The Jamaica National Group

        PRESENTERS - (Click on Presenters name to view thier profile)

        1. Senator the Honourable Ruel Reid - Minister of Education, Youth and Information
        2. Dr. Hansel Fletcher - Professor and Vice-Chair Basic Sciences, Division of Microbiology, School of Medicine, Loma Linda University, USA
        3. Mr. Trevor Massey - Director of Public Health & Human Services, City of hartford Connecticut, USA
        4. Mr. Leo Gilling - Lead, Jamaica Diaspora Education Task Force - USA

        This session will provide information on the initiatives being undertaken in Jamaica by the Government, security forces, communities and other stakeholders to improve citizen security. This is the single most important growth-inducing reform that can be undertaken to make Jamaica a place where people will feel safe to live, work and invest. The role and support of the Diaspora in this process will be emphasized.

        MODERATOR -PROFESSOR ANTHONY HARRIOTT - Director, UWI Institute of Criminal Justice and Security

        PRESENTERS(Click on Presenters name to view thier profile)

        1. Honourable Robert Montague, MP - Minister of National Security
        2. Dr. Rupert Francis (Ret’d. Capt) - Lead, Diaspora Crime Intervention and Prevention Task Force, USA
        3. Dr Leroy Logan - Former Senior Superintendent, MET Police, UK

        04:05 PM - 05:15 PM
        CONCURRENT DIASPORA LOCATION DIALOGUE - CANADA
        04:05 PM - 05:15 PM
        CONCURRENT DIASPORA LOCATION DIALOGUE - UK

        TOPICS : Impact of BREXIT in the UK and Impact of UK Immigration Legislation
        MODERATOR : His Excellency Mr. Seth George Ramocan High Commissioner for Jamaica to the United Kingdom
        PRESENTERS(Click on Presenters name to view thier profile)

        1. Mr Lee Jasper - Co- Chair, BARAC
        2. Ms Linda Hudson - Barrister

        8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
        INNOVATIVE STRATEGIES FOR INCLUSIVE ECONOMIC GROWTH AND JOB CREATION....WHAT A NICE PLACE FI LIVE….

        Strategies for inclusive economic growth and job creation in Jamaica are laid out in the Economic Growth Council’s (EGC) plan which envisages a stable, growing economy with ever reducing debt, a thriving business sector, and a public sector which facilitates investments. The role of the Diaspora is pivotal to achieving the objectives of this plan. This session will outline some of the key strategies and sectors that the GOJ has identified for achieving the sustainable growth of the Jamaican economy.

        MODERATOR -Mr. Earl Jarrett - CEO, The Jamaica National Group Chairman, Jamaican Diaspora Foundation

        PRESENTERS(Click on Presenters name to view thier profile)

        1. Honourable Daryl Vaz, MP) -Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation
        2. The Honourable Michael Lee-Chin, OJ - Chairman, Economic Growth Council (EGC)
          "The Imperative of Growth"
        3. Dr David Panton - Chairman, EGC Diaspora Task Force
          "Harnessing the Power of the Diaspora"
        4. Ms Shanike Smart - Researcher Officer, CAPRI
          "Value of the Diaspora to Jamaica’s Growth Agenda: Initial Findings of DiasporaValuation Study"

        Strategies for inclusive economic growth and job creation in Jamaica are laid out in the Economic Growth Council’s (EGC) plan which envisages a stable, growing economy with ever reducing debt, a thriving business sector, and a public sector which facilitates investments. The role of the Diaspora is pivotal to achieving the objectives of this plan. This session will outline some of the key strategies and sectors that the GOJ has identified for achieving the sustainable growth of the Jamaican economy.

        MODERATOR -Mr. Earl Jarrett - CEO, The Jamaica National Group Chairman, Jamaican Diaspora Foundation

        PRESENTERS(Click on Presenters name to view thier profile)

        1. Mrs. Odetta Rockhead-Kerr -Assistant Vice President and Country Head, Sutherland Global
          "Future Strategies for Expanding the Outsourcing Sector"
        2. Mrs Elva Williams Richards - Senior Vice President, Finance, Port Authority of Jamaica
        3. "Building Jamaica as a Key Global Logistics Hub"
        4. Mr. Edmond Marsh - Vice President Business Development, Finance, Port Authority of Jamaica
          "Building Jamaica as a Key Global Logistics Hub"
        5. Mr Kirk-Anthony Hamilton - Founder and Managing Partner, Infiniti Partnership
          "Strategies for Attracting Global Investors"
        6. Dr Fritz PinnockExecutive Director, Caribbean Maritime Institute - Researcher Officer, CAPRI
          "Building a Workforce for Future Growth and Development"

        The Jamaican Diaspora has been making strides globally in their respective spheres of life and professional fields. Members of the Diaspora have also sought to contribute to Jamaica’s national development in practical ways through entrepreneurship. Join this discussion to learn more about diaspora success in Jamaica from members of the Diaspora who have returned to and invested in Jamaica and are currently running successful businesses.

        MODERATOR -Senator Don Wehby - Chairman, JAMPRO Group, CEO GraceKennedy Group

        PRESENTERS(Click on Presenters name to view thier profile)

        1. Ms Diane Edwards, -President, JAMPRO
        2. Mr Paul Lewis - Manager, Pedro Plains Sauces and Director of the Jamaica Exporters Association
        3. Mr Oliver McIntosh - CEO, SportsMax
        4. Dr Kingsley Chin - Orthopaedic Surgeon, CEO of KIC Ventures, USA

        Feeding the nation and improving our food security are national priorities. This session will examine and explore specific ways in which we can partner to succeed in the business of agriculture, to re-energize rural communities, create green jobs, mobilize youth involvement in agriculture, and reduce Jamaica’s reliance on the importation of food.

        MODERATOR -Mr Robert C. Scott, CITP, JP - Vice President, Export and Market Development, JAMPRO

        PRESENTERS(Click on Presenters name to view thier profile)

        1. Hon Karl Samuda -Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries
        2. Mr Neil Curtis - CEO, Farm Up Jamaica, USA
        3. Dr Derrick Deslandes - President, College of Agriculture Science and Education (CASE)
        4. Dr Julius Garvey - Cardio-Thoracic Surgeon and Executive Director of Operations, Farm Up Jamaica, USA

        The Medical Marijuana and the Nutraceuticals industries are prime investment opportunities for Diaspora members with estimated earnings projected at US$300 Million over the next three years. Members of the Diaspora are already aware of the possible investment opportunities for the products and have initiated local partnerships.This session will showcase what other opportunities exist and outline specific ways in which Jamaicans overseas can claim a stake in these industries.

        MODERATOR -Professor Wendel Abel - Professor and Head, Psychiatry and Community Health, UHWI

        PRESENTERS(Click on Presenters name to view thier profile)

        1. Professor Wayne McLaughlin - Director, CARIGEN, UWI
        2. Ms Hyacinth Lightbourne - Chairman, Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) Jamaica
        3. Dr Ellen Campbell-Grizzle - Dean College of Health Sciences, University of Technology, Jamaica
        4. Mr Courtney Betty - Timeless Herbal Care, Canada
        08:30 AM - 09:30 AM
        THE CREATIVE ECONOMY AND JAMAICA 55: - ROOTS, ROCK, REGGAE - Investments for Jamaica’s Cultural and Creative Industries

        The International market for the Creative Industries is valued at US$22Billion. Members of the Jamaican Diaspora are strategically placed globally to assist Jamaica to achieve a significant portion of this market. To do this we need to capitalize on the fact that legendary musicians, such as Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, and Shaggy, and athletes, such as Usain Bolt, Merlene Ottey, Shelley-Ann Fraser–Pryce, have contributed to Jamaica’s reggae music and sport having global reach and recognition.

        MODERATOR : Mr. Courtney Campbell - President, VM Group
        PRESENTERS:(Click on Presenters name to view thier profile)

        1. The Honourable Olivia Grange, CD, MP Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports (MCGES)
        2. Dr Janice Lindsay Acting Permanent Secretary, MCGES
        3. Mr Michael “Ibo” Cooper Lecturer, Jamaica School of Music, Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts
        4. Ms Karen Smith President, Jamaica Federation of Musicians

        Significant investment in Small, Medium and Social Business Enterprises can really turbo-charge economic growth and job creation in Jamaica. This discussion will highlight the wide-ranging opportunities for Diaspora-Jamaica partnerships in the areas of equity investments and crowdfunding which can boost the growth potential of this sector.

        The year 2017 has been adopted by the United Nations General Assembly as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. It will provide a platform for Jamaica to continue to position its tourism product as competitive, attractive and sustainable achieving the 5x5x5 target of 5 million visitors per annum, and $5 Billion in earnings over 5 years. Key policies, programmes and initiatives for growing a more inclusive tourism industry and responding to evolving travel trends are being implemented and include the diversification of tourism products and experiences; the build-out of key tourism networks; establishment of tourism loan facilities to support the growth of small and medium tourism entities (SMEs); packaging of tourism or shovel-ready tourism investments; and targeted marketing strategies. Training and the welfare of the tourism worker through the provision of pensions are also key initiatives.Diaspora partnerships are critical for Jamaica’s success and we welcome participation in theUnited Nations World Tourism Organisation, Government of Jamaica and the World Bank conference on Jobs and Inclusive Growth: Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism, November 27-29, 2017.

        MODERATOR: Mr. Devon Barrett Group Chief Investment Officer, VM Group PRESENTERS:(Click on Presenters name to view thier profile)

        1. The Honourable Edmund Bartlett, CD, MP Minister of Tourism
        2. Mrs. Nicola Madden-Greig Chairperson, Gastronomy Network and Linkages Council Member
        3. Dr Andrew Spencer Executive Director, Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo)
        4. Mr Edward Wray Rasta Indigenous Village

        Advancements in computers, ICTs, and telecommunications technology have not only disrupted work, it has also created the need for a different type of worker who must be able to develop technology skill sets and greater professional characteristics specifically applicable to jobs in the continuously evolving e-commerce and digital arena. Millennials (those born between 1982 and 2004) live in a world where there are different expectations about work hours, workspace and the concept of work-life demarcation. Technologies will displace jobs. There will be increased contract work, freelance, part-time and flexible work arrangements - including working from home or in cyberspace – which could potentially become the order of the day. These changes have implications for technology-driven virtual job opportunities both in the Diaspora and in Jamaica and the migration patterns of Jamaicans and the return of Jamaicans home. MODERATOR: Mr. Simon Roberts Chief Information Officer, GraceKennedy PRESENTERS:

        1. Professor Dwight Elliott Adjunct Professor, Seminole State College, USA
        2. Ms Kimone Gooden Lead, Jamaica Diaspora Agriculture & Technology Task Forces, USA

        01:45 PM - 04:15 PM
        GLOBAL YOUNG LEADERS OF JAMAICA FORUM: MOBILIZING AND ACTIVATING TOGETHER

        Mobilizing, Motivating and Activating Together! Strengthening Connections. Working Together.Growing as Leaders.The Global Young Leaders of Jamaica Forum is a space to gain knowledge and engage with young people of Jamaican descent in the Diaspora, young Jamaicans at home and adult allies. This highly focused strategic session will delve into priority topics identified by young people with the goal of outlining blueprints for successful outcomes. The selected topics demonstrate alignment with Jamaica’s development priorities including economic growth, while promoting social advocacy, collegial support, and bold leadership.

        MODERATOR: Dr. Terri-Karelle Reid - Brand Manager, Gleaner Company Media TOPICS (Click on Presenters name to view thier profile)

        1. Entrepreneurship
          The business opportunities available to both the Diaspora and young Jamaica are often times missed due to limited information about how to connect to the regions; no central communications hub for networking; no financing to travel; or other local challenges. This forum will focus on:
          1. The international opportunities for Young Entrepreneurs in Jamaica and in the Diaspora (Coaching, access to Funding, Partnerships)
          2. The role of digital technology in Entrepreneurship
          3. Learning from existing models and Recommendations

          PRESENTATION: Mr Nathaniel Peat, Jamaicans Inspired, UK

        2. Deepening Cultural Ties/Affinity with Jamaica In this session, focus will be placed on the cultural decline in the Diaspora and ways to immerse young Diasporians into the Jamaican culture as well as maximising connections through global online platforms and actions towards a digital engagement project.

          PRESENTATION: Ms Taneisha Westcarr, UK

        3. Mentoring Young People
          1. Projects for Mentoring Young Persons in Jamaica including the National Youth Mentorship Drive
          2. Linking Young Diaspora Expertise in Mentoring to the HOPE Initiative in Jamaica

          PRESENTATION: Mr Sujae Boswell, Jamaica’s Youth Ambassador to the Commonwealth

        WORKING GROUP SESSIONS MODERATOR: Mr Nathaniel Peat, UK FACILITATORS:
        1. Working Group 1 | Entrepreneurship, Mr David Mullings
        2. Working Group 2 | Deepening Cultural Ties/Affinity with Jamaica , Ms Kyesha Ramdall, Jamaica Festival Queen 2013
        3. Working Group 3 | Mentoring Young People,Mrs Akelia Lawrence-Maitland>

        02:30 PM - 04:00 PM
        CRIME INTERVENTION AND PREVENTION: Projects For Diaspora Partnership
        02:30 PM - 04:00 PM
        JAMAICA STOCK EXCHANGE (JSE): EQUITY INVESTMENTS OPPORTUNITIES
        02:30 PM - 04:00 PM
        HEALTHCARE: OPPORTUNITIES FOR DIASPORA INVESTMENTS, EXPERTISE AND PHILANTHROPY

        CONVENOR:

      • Dr. The Honourable Christopher Tufton, MP - Minister of Health
        1. Adopt-a-Clinic Initiative - Adopting 55 Clinics as a special Jamaica 55 Legacy Project
        2. Employment opportunities for Diaspora members in specialized areas of Healthcare such as cardiology, oncology, nephrology and radiology.
        3. Investments opportunities in specialized areas of Healthcare: Radiographic Diagnostic Services - CT/MRI/X- Ray/Ultrasound/ Mammography

        02:30 PM - 04:00 PM
        EDUCATION: OPPORTUNITIES FOR DIASPORA EXPERTISE AND PHILANTHROPY

        CONVENOR:

      • Senator the Honourable Ruel Reid - Minister of Education, Youth and Information
        1. Partnership with NET and Diaspora Pledge 2 Build Initiative for 14 State-of-the-Art Infant and Primary Schools - Jamaica 55 Legacy Project
        2. Partnerships for Teacher Education for STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
        3. Diaspora Expertise for Special Education - Speech Therapy, Autism and Disruptive Behaviours

        FEATURED VIDEO PRESENTATIONS

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        CONFERENCE 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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