Closure and Relocation Notice: 29-30 April 2019

Due to a relocation exercise the Embassy of Jamaica will be closed on Monday, April 29 and Tuesday, April 30, 2019. We will resume normal services on May 2, 2019 at our new location: 44 Avenue Herrmann Debroux, 4th Floor, 1160 Brussels.

Please accept our sincere apologies for any inconvenience.



Job Opportunity – Governor, Bank of Jamaica

GOVERNOR, BANK OF JAMAICA

(Pursuant to Section 6A of the Bank of Jamaica Act)

The position of Governor, Bank of Jamaica will become vacant in November 2019.

The Governor is the Chief Executive Officer of the Bank, is the Chairman of the Bank’s Board of Directors, and has the duty to ensure the institution carries out the functions conferred on it by statutes. This position plays a strategically important role in monetary and regulatory policy and works closely with the Minister of Finance and the Public Service in setting the framework under which the Bank operates.

The overarching responsibility of the Governor is to ensure price and financial system stability. The Governor will therefore be required to lead the modernisation of the central bank in a context of reform to strengthen the Bank’s independence by way of the adoption of an inflation targeting regime supported by a floating exchange rate and the promotion of financial deepening while safeguarding the stability of the Jamaican economy.

The incumbent must demonstrate strong leadership, management and policy skills, will have an advanced understanding of financial markets and the foreign exchange market and sound macro-economic knowledge. The incumbent must demonstrate the ability to exercise sound judgment in a highly complex environment, to manage and rank competing priorities, and successfully lead, influence and manage change in the Bank’s responsibilities, inspiring confidence and credibility both within the Bank and throughout the financial sector.
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SENATOR DON WEHBY NAMED CONFERENCE CHAIR OF JAMAICA DIASPORA CONFERENCE 2019

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade has announced that Senator Don Wehby, Group Chief Executive Officer of Grace Kennedy has been named Conference Chairman for the upcoming 8th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference in Kingston from June 16-20.

According to Senator Wehby, he is honoured to have been asked to assume this role for this year’s conference. He said, “Following my conversation with Minister Johnson Smith, my call to service was reinforced, and I gladly accepted.”

Minister of State with responsibility for the Diaspora, Pearnel Charles Jr. said, “Senator Don Wehby is well positioned given his chairmanship of JAMPRO and as a senior private sector leader. He represents an independent authentic voice who understands the Government of Jamaica’s agenda.”

According to Minister Charles Jr, “Last Friday, I met with our Conference Chairman, Senator Don Wehby, and Chief Executive Officer of Grace Kennedy Limited, who committed to bring his expertise and resources for the staging of a successful event. As you may know, the Conference is an inspired example of public private partnership and promises to be an exciting, invigorating and meaningful event. We will give participants a truly memorable experience.”

The Conference is being convened under the theme: “Jamaica and the Diaspora: Building Pathways for Sustainable Development.”

Senator the Honourable Pearnel Charles Jr., Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Meets with the Jamaican Diaspora in Paris

Continuing his outreach to the Jamaican Diaspora in Europe, Senator the Honourable Pearnel Charles Jr., Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, met with a warm and welcoming group of Jamaican nationals on a cold Sunday afternoon in Paris.  This is Minister Charles’ first contact with JAMINFRANCE, the organization launched in October 2017 to bring together the Jamaicans in this part of Europe, with the aim of promoting their culture and strengthening the links between Jamaica and France in support of our bilateral relations.  The President of the Organisation is Mr. Edward Boucher.

In his address to the group, Minister Charles lauded the work and role of JAMINFRANCE and charged that the Diaspora must be an integral part of national development.  In sharing with them recent developments in respect of the economy and the society, the Minister said: “Jamaicans can be proud of the effort that is put into moving the country in the right direction”, even as he acknowledged that there is much that still needs to be done.  “Every enthusiastic contribution of the Diaspora will help”, he added.

In the ensuing discussion, the Minister responded to issues raised and welcomed compliments which were extended to the Government, including in the area of environmental awareness.

JAMINFRANCE is looking forward to receiving and supporting the Reggae Girls when they play in France in World Cup Soccer in summer this year.

 

Senator the Honourable Pearnel Charles Jr. Meets with the Jamaican Diaspora in Brussels

Members of the small but supportive Jamaican Diaspora in Brussels met on Friday 18th January 2019 with Senator the Honourable Pearnel Charles Jr., Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, at the offices of Embassy of Jamaica.

Minister Charles had the close attention of all present when he shared on the importance he attached to the relations between Jamaica and its communities overseas and his vision for enhancing Diaspora engagement.  In this regard, he provided updates on recent actions taken by the Foreign Ministry, in collaboration with other entities in the private and public spheres.  He invited Diaspora communities like Brussels to consider representation at the 2019 Diaspora Conference  scheduled to be held 16th to 20th June.  The Minister also gave an update on recent positive developments in the Jamaican economy and society, acknowledging that there remain many intractable challenges, whose resolution require the commitment and contribution of all.

In a robust, frank and open exchange, Minister Charles addressed the concerns and welcomed the interest of those present.  Members of the community in turn pledged to use the opportunities offered to work to support the development of their communities and homeland, Jamaica.

Minister Charles was in Brussels to participate in the European Union Visitors Programme (EUVP).