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Jamaicans urged to participate in online survey for diaspora project

Thursday, August 21, 2014    

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WASHINGTON, DC, USA — Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Arnaldo Brown has encouraged Jamaicans living abroad to participate in the online survey for the Mapping Jamaica's Diaspora Project.

Speaking at the Baltimore launch of the project last Friday, Brown said the initiative, which is expected to run for 18 months, is geared towards creating a database of skills, interests and location of diaspora members.

It is being funded by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). The website

for the project is http://www.mapjadiaspora.iom.int and Jamaicans are being urged to go online and take the survey.

Information gathered will enable the Government to better serve the diaspora and harness its potential for the benefit of the country, according to Brown.

He told the launch that on completion of the project, Jamaicans in the diaspora will also be able to readily access information about the Government's major development projects, and employment and investment opportunities, such as the Logistics Hub Initiative, Agro Parks and the redevelopment of downtown Kingston.

Turning to other initiatives to benefit the diaspora, Brown cited the development of an International Migration and Development Policy and a Diaspora Policy.

He said the Migration and Development Policy seeks to streamline the issues of migration in all sectors of the economy and will track its impact and make policy decisions to support migrants and their families.

The Diaspora Policy, the junior minister said, aims to prescribe methods for increasing trade and investment linkages between Jamaica and the diaspora as one of the key elements in developing national development goals.

He said that the policies should be ready to be tabled in Parliament when it reconvenes in September.

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