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Conversation with Earl Jarrett – CEO of JN Group and Chair of Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference 2017

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Conversation with Earl Jarrett – CEO of JN Group and Chair of Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference 2017

Ambassador Curtis A. Ward, Host – CaribNation TV

Ambassador Curtis Ward & Mr. Earl Jarrett, CEO, JN Group

Ambassador Curtis Ward & Mr. Earl Jarrett, CEO, JN Group

(20 Sept. 2017) — In a wide-ranging conversation on the role and importance of the Jamaican Diaspora to Jamaica, Mr. Earl Jarrett, CEO of JN Group, who was chairman of the Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference 2017, provided an approach which should find resonance with members of the Diaspora; and which offers specific ideas for the way forward for the Government and the private sector to engage with the Diaspora. Mr. Jarrett highlighted Diaspora expertise and meaningful ways to recognize and engage the diaspora in development.  His ideas on engaging the Jamaican Diaspora are good lessons for Caribbean governments and private sectors across the region. Mr. Jarrett also cited the importance of CaPRI’s study which showed that Diaspora remittances contribute 24% of Jamaican GDP and how this data should help to change the dynamics of Diaspora engagement.  As Mr. Jarrett said, “What gets counted gets attention.”

Please join me in this conversation with Mr. Jarrett as we discuss these and other issues.

 

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Ambassador Curtis A. Ward

Ambassador Curtis A. Ward is a former Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the United Nations with Special Responsibility for Security Council Affairs (1999-2002) serving on the UN Security Council for two years. He served three years as Expert Adviser to the UN Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee. He is an Attorney-at-Law and International Consultant with extensive knowledge and experience in national and international legal and policy frameworks for effective implementation of United Nations (UN) and other international anti-terrorism mandates; the legal and administrative requirements to effectively implement and enforce anti-money laundering and countering financing of terrorism (AML/CFT); extensive knowledge of the legal and regulatory requirements for effective implementation and enforcement of United Nations multilateral and U.S.-imposed unilateral sanctions; and the imperatives for Rule of Law and governance.

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