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Diaspora group seeking to partner with government

Thursday, February 20, 2014 | 7:28 PM    

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WASHINGTON DC, United States - The United States (US)-based National Association of Jamaican and Supportive Organizations (NAJASO), is looking to partner with the government in order to find ways to assist in the country’s development.

NAJASO’s chairman, Dr Richard Constable, said that the organisation intends to put forward a proposal, and seek a meeting with the government and members of the private sector later this year, to discuss the plan.

The decision to partner with the Government came out of the organisation’s executive retreat held recently at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The NAJASO chairman said that its member organisations could help in several ways, including attracting meaningful investments from its members and other interests, as well as promote investment in Jamaican government bonds.

Dr Constable said that the executive board also suggested the establishment of a process to assist needy students, who have excelled academically, and are seeking higher education, but cannot otherwise afford the cost of tuition.

The board also proposed the development of a recycling programme that would help with unemployment, and to increase its support for the island’s health and education sectors.

Dr Constable said the organisation is committed to encouraging Jamaicans residing in the US as well as American corporate interests, to renew their focus on Jamaica.

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