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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

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

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

Every Caribbean Donor Matters. Act Now and Save a Life!

#EveryCaribbeanDonorMatters is a collaboration between RAFFA International Development Agency, Blood4Life, NHS Blood & Transplant with support from UK Caribbean High Commissioners and MCW Ltd.

They are working together to raise awareness and improve Caribbean Diaspora communities understanding about blood donation and it’s life saving contribution to helping people of all ages lead healthier lives.

The overall goal of #EveryCaribbeanDonorMatters is to increase the number of people from the Caribbean population group to register to donate blood and get involved in health promotion and self-care activities.

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA HIGH COMMISSION SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 2016

FRIDAY 28th OCTOBER
Evensong for Antigua and Barbuda
5:00pm – 6:00pm (seated by 4.45pm)
Westminster Abbey, 20 Deans Yd.
London SW1P 3PA

SATURDAY 29th OCTOBER
Antigua and Barbuda Independence Dance LEICESTER
10:00pm – 6:00am
Streetlife
24 Dryden Street
Leicester LE1 3QE

SATURDAY 5th NOVEMBER
Antigua and Barbuda National Association (ABNA) Dinner and Dance
6:00pm – 2:00am
Grand Banqueting Suite
Wood Green 242 High Road
London N22 8JX

SUNDAY 6th NOVEMBER
35th Anniversary of Independence Church Service
3:00pm – 5:30pm (reception to follow)
St. Matthias Church
Wordsworth Road, London N16 8DD

WEDNESDAY 9TH NOVEMBER
Town Hall Meeting
Honourable Asot Michael and Honourable E P Chet Greene
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Antigua and Barbuda High Commission
Ground Floor, 45 Crawford Place
London W1H 4LP

SATURDAY 12th NOVEMBER
The 2016 Commonwealth Fair
11:30am – 6.00pm
Kensington Town Hall
Hornton Street
London W8 7NX

Contact Information:
Antigua and Barbuda High Commission
Email: highcommission@antigua-barbuda.com | Tel.: 020 7258 0070



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