Attorney Wayne Golding elected to Diaspora Advisory Board
NEW YORK, USA — Prominent defence attorney Wayne Golding has been elected as the new representative on the Jamaica Diaspora Advisory Board for the Southern United States.
Details of the weekend elections, which were released here Monday, showed that Golding received 77 per cent of the votes which were cast in a three-way contest. More than 1,200 votes were cast by Jamaicans residing in States such as Florida,Georgia, Texas, Arkansas, Alabama and North Carolina.
Golding's formal appointment to the advisory board by the Jamaican Government is expected by year end and will last for a period of two years.
In an interview with the Jamaica Observer, Golding said that his first priority will be to broaden the participation of all stakeholders by organising the movement into a more cohesive force.
"I am concerned that we are not as coordinated and organised as we should," he said. "It is estimated that there are more than two million Jamaicans living outside of the country, but we are not speaking with one coordinated voice," he noted.
"This has prevented us from realising our full potential, and is causing us missed opportunities such as securing more grants and private funding that could better assist with our development," said Golding, a former Kingston College student.
He conceded, however, that the effort to coordinate the movement into a more cohesive force will be challenging, but it has be undertaken for the betterment of our people," he said.
Golding, who has been involved in Diaspora affairs since the movement was established by the Jamaican Government, noted that sufficient well-trained Jamaicans with sound ideas plans and programmes are available to make the type of contribution we need and are seeking.
"We already know what our problems are, so people who have the proposals to solve these problems are the ones we will be looking to work with in an organised, coordinated and cohesive way," said Golding.