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Press Release: Diaspora Conference Returning to Downtown Kingston

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(MFA&FT Kingston: February 10, 2017)

Jamaicans overseas will be welcomed home later this year for the Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference, which will be held from July 23-26, 2017.

The Conference, which will return to the Jamaica Conference Centre in the capital city for the first time in nine years, focuses on consolidation and expansion of partnerships between the Diaspora and Jamaica.

Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, stated, “The immense value of our Diaspora makes it important for us to embrace their creativity and expertise, and enhance our collaborative efforts to further Jamaica’s growth and development.”

In reference to the timing of the conference, which will allow participants to also enjoy the country’s celebrations of Emancipation and Independence, Minister Johnson Smith emphasized, “This will be an opportunity for us to celebrate our Diaspora, and to celebrate with our Diaspora. We encourage our Jamaicans overseas to come home as we celebrate our country’s achievements over the past 55 years, and to partner with us in shaping our future.”

The Ministry advised that a press briefing will be held to share further details.

Contact: Danille Gordon; 564-4241

IIPT International Community Tourism Network Celebrates International Year of Sustainable Tourism For Development in London

The IIPT International Community Tourism Network together with Countrystyle Community Tourism/Villages as Businesses (CCTN/VAB), the Business Improvement District (BID) and Brixton Neighbourhood Forum (BNF), with support from local chambers of commerce, will celebrate the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development at a reception in Brixton, London on Wednesday 1st March 2017.

Countrystyle Community Tourism/Villages as Businesses has pioneered a practical and sustainable response to international interest in authentic interaction between visitors and local communities. The Villages as Businesses (VAB) programme trains villages to host Countrystyle Community Experience tours and vacations and, with the acquisition of new skills and income, to improve and strengthen their community, environment and economy.

Rudi Page, CCTN’s Global Diaspora Director and CEO of MCW London, stated “This initiative is a key deliverable from the Global Diaspora Engagement Plan, designed to promote Diaspora trade and services expertise and networks for sustainable economic pathways between UK and Caribbean.”

The Global Diaspora Engagement Plan for Community Tourism was launched by the IIPT International Community Tourism Network, Countrystyle Community Tourism/Villages As Businesses and MCW London at the Mandeville Hotel, Manchester, Jamaica on Wednesday 18th January 2017. The event was scheduled and organised to celebrate International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development being launched simultaneously in Madrid.

Councillor Homer Davis, Mayor of Montego Bay and Chairman of the St James Municipal Corporation, stated: “Bringing together Global Diaspora and
Villages as Businesses is encouraging. It goes beyond simply strengthening ties among Jamaicans at home and opens the way for partnerships that encourage
trade both internationally and regionally, as we invite others to collaborate with us. The “Diaspora Connect Festival,” to be held at the Mobay Cultural Village,
Montego Bay, Jamaica on Friday 30th June 2017,

Rudi Page, CEO of MCW and CCTN’s Global Diaspora Director, stated: “Our theme for the next two years is ‘Welcome Home’ as it reflects the
Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development value: ‘Travel, Enjoy, Respect.’ We will initiate and build on civic twinning arrangements and business links
between London and Jamaica, taking advantage of London as a city at the centre of the world providing leadership in promoting inclusive
communities for IIPT International Community Tourism Network

Bringing Global Diaspora and Community Villages as Businesses Together Celebration of the International Year for Sustainable Tourism for Development

Official Launch

Global Diaspora Engagement
Plan for Community Tourism 2017-2018

Bringing Global Diaspora and Community Villages as Businesses Together
Celebration of the International Year for Sustainable Tourism for Development
2017-2018
(TRAVEL ENJOY RESPECT )

Mandeville Hotel, 4 Hotel Street, Mandeville, Jamaica
January 18, 2017 10:00 am – 3:00pm

Raffa Medical Donation to Antigua and Barbuda’s Health Services

HE Ms Karen-Mae Hill, Antigua and Barbuda High Commissioner today accepts a donation of medical devices from RAFFA International Development Agency for the Antigua and Barbuda health system.

Rudi Page, Adviser, stated “We are pleased that RAFFA’s Diaspora Health & Wellbeing Programme has been extended to Antigua and Barbuda and look forward to building a long term relationship with the Ministry of Health and the Environment”.


MEDICAL EQUIPMENT DONATED TO ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA’S HEALTH SERVICES

London, England, 1st July 2016… The Antigua and Barbuda High Commissioner today accepted a donation of medical devices from RAFFA International Development Agency for the Antigua and Barbuda health system. RAFFA is an independent charity which provides early stage support, technical assistance and programme development, to enable individuals, churches and local communities to build capacity and tackle the issues of educational attainment, health services, enterprise support and capital projects that enhance community assets. RAFFA was represented by Adviser, Mr Rudi Page.

High Commissioner Hill introduced Mr Page to the Minister of Health and the Environment, the Honourable Molwyn Joseph and the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Rhonda Sealey-Thomas, in a visit to the High Commission in May. That meeting explored opportunities for developing a strategic, collaborative and co-ordinated plan between the UK health system and the Antigua and Barbuda health care services in identified areas.  In making the donation, Mr Page stated “We are pleased that RAFFA’s Diaspora Health & Wellbeing Programme has been extended to Antigua and Barbuda and look forward to building a long term relationship with the Ministry of Health and the Environment”.

The medical devices donated included tracheal tubes, pulmonary breathing filters, oxygen tubes, nebuliser devices, percutaneous sheaths, spinal needles, syringes, surgeon gowns and patient drapes. Forming strategic partnerships between healthcare providers in the United Kingdom and Antigua and Barbuda is one of the objectives of the High Commission as the nations around the world commit to realising the Sustainable Development Goals including goal 3 of ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages.

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Mr. Rudi Page, Adviser, RAFFA International Development Agency (left) and HE Ms Karen-Mae Hill, High Commissioner (right) with medical devices

Operation Save Jamaica, a Christian charity based in Jamaica, in collaboration with Christian leaders and partnering with civil society in the Diaspora



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