Am­bas­sador to build stronger al­liances with di­as­pora

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

Ja­maica’s Am­bas­sador to the United States Au­drey Marks is greeted by Dr Joseph Whittaker (left), Mor­gan State Univer­sity pro­fes­sor, at a re­cep­tion given by the em­bassy in hon­our of Sen­a­tor Kam­ina John­son Smith, for­eign af­fairs and for­eign trade min­is­ter, at the em­bassy on Septem­ber 16. Look­ing on is Na­tional Aero­nau­tics and Space Ad­min­is­tra­tion en­gi­neer Paul Earl.

JA­MAICA’S AM­BAS­SADOR to the United States Au­drey Marks says she will be build­ing stronger al­liances be­tween Ja­maica and the di­as­pora, pur­su­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for trade and in­vest­ment, and strength­en­ing the bi­lat­eral re­la­tion­ship with the United States.

Her re­marks came dur­ing her first ad­dress to the di­as­pora since her ap­point­ment at a re­cep­tion to hon­our For­eign Af­fairs and For­eign Trade Min­is­ter Sen­a­tor Kam­ina John­son Smith at the em­bassy on Septem­ber 16.

“As I again take on the role of Ja­maica’s am­bas­sador to the United States, my par­tic­u­lar di­as­pora fo­cus is in keep­ing with the charge I have been given by Prime Min­is­ter An­drew Hol­ness and the min­is­ter of for­eign af­fairs and for­eign trade, to fur­ther strengthen the al­liance be­tween Ja­maica and the di­as­pora and iden­tify new in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties, in­clud­ing from among the di­as­pora,” she said.

Marks said dur­ing the com­ing weeks she will ex­pand on the plan of ac­tion to be un­der­taken dur­ing her ten­ure, and that she will be look­ing for­ward to get­ting an in­put from the di­as­pora.

She said that dur­ing her pre­vi­ous ap­point­ment, she had had the op­por­tu­nity to work closely with sev­eral mem­bers of the di­as­pora on sev­eral projects and phil­an­thropic ini­tia­tives, and is very pleased that they have con­tin­ued to give self­lessly in ser­vice to the coun­try.

Ad­dress­ing the same func­tion, John­son Smith en­cour­aged mem­bers of the di­as­pora to part­ner with the Gov­ern­ment by shar­ing their thoughts, ex­per­tise and best prac­tices to fur­ther de­velop the coun­try.


John­son Smith said it is her in­ten­tion to forge a stronger and more mean­ing­ful part­ner­ship with the di­as­pora that will cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties and mech­a­nisms for lev­er­ag­ing this vast po­ten­tial of hu­man cap­i­tal.

The min­is­ter con­grat­u­lated Am­bas­sador Marks on her ap­point­ment, not­ing that she brings a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence and ex­per­tise to the post, and ex­pressed con­fi­dence that she will con­tinue to rep­re­sent the Gov­ern­ment and the peo­ple of Ja­maica ad­mirably.

John­son Smith un­der­scored the Gov­ern­ment’s firm com­mit­ted to tackle crime and vi­o­lence af­fect­ing the na­tion.

“The Gov­ern­ment is de­ter­mined to con­front this scourge which threat­ens to de­rail our best-laid plans for our peo­ple,” she said.

She em­pha­sised, how­ever, that the Gov­ern­ment can­not un­der­take this task alone, as it re­quires col­lab­o­ra­tive ac­tions by all stake­hold­ers – the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors, non-govern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions and all civic so­ci­eties.


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