Category - Jamaican/Caribbean Diaspora

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Tillerson’s Jamaica visit will divide CARICOM, Unless…

Tillerson’s Jamaica visit will divide CARICOM, Unless… Ambassador Curtis A. Ward While Secretary Rex Tillerson’s scheduled visit to Jamaica has been received with some level of scepticism, any visit by a U.S. Secretary of State to Jamaica should be welcome news. Ordinarily, such visits are expressions of good working relationships, and often used to strengthen ties even further.  On the other hand, there are also visits by U.S. Secretaries of State which are triggered by disagreements on...

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

Conversation with Earl Jarrett – CEO of JN Group and Chair of Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference 2017 Ambassador Curtis A. Ward, Host – CaribNation TV (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...

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P.J. Patterson, In His Own Words – Interview with CaribNation TV

P.J. Patterson, In His Own Words – Interview with CaribNation TV I sat down as CaribNation TV Host with the Most Honorable P. J. Patterson, former Prime Minister of Jamaica at his New Kingston Office in Jamaica in July 2017 for a conversation which covered a broad range of issues.  This conversation with the former Jamaican Prime Minister occured while the Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference 2017 was underway at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston, attended by over a thousand Jamaicans...

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Implementing the U.S.-Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act

Implementing the U.S.-Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act Ambassador Curtis A. Ward (21 July 2017) — As pointed out by Representative Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, in his opening remarks at the Committee’s hearing on implementation of the U.S.-Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act of 2016 – Public Law No: 114-291 (the Act) on July 19, 2017, having received the U.S. Strategy for Engagement in the Caribbean (the Strategy) report submitted...

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Jamaica Leader of Opposition Dr. Peter Phillips Responds to Diaspora Issues

Jamaica Leader of Opposition Dr. Peter Phillips Responds to Diaspora Issues Ambassador Curtis A. Ward (19 July 2017) — The setting of  NAJASO’s Convention held July 13-15, 2017 in Montego Bay, Jamaica was a perfect occasion on which to draw attention to shared issues of concerns to the Jamaican Diaspora and the Jamaican homeland and offering of possible solutions. The National Association of Jamaican And Supportive Organizations marked its 40th Anniversary as an umbrella diaspora...

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NAJASO – Addressing Jamaican Issues Head-on

NAJASO – Addressing Jamaican Issues Head-on Ambassador Curtis A. Ward (17 July 2017) — Only one week away from a broader government-sponsored Jamaican Diaspora Conference to be held in Kingston, July 23-26, 2017, the issues discussed at the NAJASO 40th Convention held in Montego Bay, Jamaica, set the stage for broader diaspora discussions and problem solving.  The level of discussions set a very high bar for the diaspora. The discussions at the NAJASO Conference set an extraordinarily...

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Western Union Takes on Jamaican Lottery Scammers!

Western Union Takes on Jamaican Lottery Scammers! Curtis A. Ward (11 Jan. 2017) — I went to Western Union (WU) yesterday (January 10, 2017) and sent some money to Jamaica. Upon handing me my receipt the agent gave me a number to call WU to answer a few questions before the money transfer would be completed. You can well imagine my consternation and immediate reaction. However, on calling WU the first question to me was whether my money transfer was in response to a lottery and the purpose...

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Jamaican Ambassador Audrey P. Marks Christmas Message (2016)

Christmas Message from Her Excellency Audrey P. Marks Ambassador of Jamaica to the United States of America  Fellow Jamaicans and Friends of Jamaica, I greet you warmly at this special and most wonderful time of the year. Jamaicans across the globe look forward to Christmas for so many compelling reasons.  It is a time for celebration and festivities as we commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ; for family gatherings; and for sharing with those less fortunate.  It is also a time for quiet...

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Jamaican Diaspora Engagement Imperatives: A Youth Perspective

Jamaican Diaspora Engagement Imperatives: A Youth Perspective By Lisa K. Soares I spoke recently at the Jamaica Youth Forum UK 2016, at Portcullis House, UK Houses of Parliament on “Harnessing the Power of the Diaspora: The Global Jamaican Immigration Card” providing my perspective on this new initiative by the Economic Growth Council (EGC). Given the political, legal and global implications of this proposal, I was a bit apprehensive to speak on the subject—especially with little...

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The Antigua “Terror” Video

  The Antigua “Terror” Video Ambassador Curtis Ward (09 December 2016) — My first view of a video produced, posted on a website, originating in Antigua, and circulating on social media left me saddened to see that politics anywhere in the Caribbean, or elsewhere in the world where democracy is the norm, could be reduced to this low and dangerous level.  Nowhere in any form of political discourse or competition in a democratic society should such a message to commit violent...