JAMAICAN DIASPORA CONFERENCE HELD IN BIRMINGHAM
The fifth biennial Jamaican Diaspora UK Conference was held at the Birmingham City Council House last Saturday June 25. The Theme was Diaspora Parish Council Partnership. The discussions were aimed at exploring the potential for increased collaboration between the Jamaican community in the UK and Parish Councils in Jamaica.
Chairman of the Jamaica Diaspora UK, Ben Cunningham, called for parish councils in Jamaica to consider the appointment of Diaspora Officers who would respond to the specific issues and challenges faced by members of the Diaspora when utilising the services or interacting with Councils.
He said in return the Diaspora would be mobilised to work with Parish Councils to provide more targeted assistance to infirmaries and poor relief programmes.
Acting High Commissioner Mrs Deidre Mills said the High Commission was pleased to be to be a part of the conference. She said the collaboration with the Diaspora was valued and that the High Commission remained committed to and supportive of initiatives that continue to foster growth and development in Jamaica.
High Commission was pleased to be a part of the conference. She said the collablra
Participants in the Conference also discussed other issues such as the cultural disconnect between generations of Jamaicans born in the UK, the churches response to the perceived deterioration of civil society in Jamaica; and policy and activities for better representation of Jamaica and Jamaicans in the Diaspora.
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