Donation – Help to Bahamas


Public Service Announcement # 1 Issued on: Wednesday September 4, 2019, at 4:30 p.m. Donation – Help to Bahamas

The Office of Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Management (ODPEM) is advising the public that Jamaica as the Sub-Regional Focal Point for the North-Western Caribbean group which includes the Bahamas is coordinating an initiative aimed at providing support to the impacted islands of the Bahamas.

Given the logistical challenges to move supplies in a timely manner, we are only accepting cash donations to assist with relief at this time.

Your donations may be deposited to any branch of the National Commercial Bank.

Account Name: ODPEM DONATION ACCOUNT  Account Number: 212-387-304 (Oxford Road Branch)  Attach information: For The Bahamas Relief Fund

The Donation for the Bahamas initiative is in response to the devastation caused from Hurricane Dorian.

Contact: Delmares White, Director: Information & Training Tel: 876- 399-1627

Establishment of the Global Jamaica Diaspora Council

In an effort to create a more inclusive and expanded Diaspora engagement mechanism, the Ministry has sought to establish the Global Jamaica Diaspora Council (GJDC). 

The Global Jamaica Diaspora Council is the successor to the Jamaica Diaspora Advisory Board. Its conception arose out of the recognition that Jamaica needs to strengthen its Diaspora engagement mechanism and align it to the newly crafted goals, pillars and focus areas outlined in the [draft] National Diaspora Policy.   

 The GJDC will be the major tool of the Diaspora engagement process, as the principal of the organ of the National Diaspora Policy with primary responsibility for modalities to realise the goals of the Policy with a view to significantly contribute to national development through productive, mutual, and sustainable Diaspora engagement.  

It will lead the repurposing of the Diaspora Foundation and the Diaspora Institution and other Diaspora engagement mechanisms. It is important to note that the GJDC is not an arm of the Government of Jamaica. Consequently, the views expressed by Council members do not represent the views of the (GOJ)

The Council will consist of 28 members:

  1. 14 to be elected from Diaspora communities in the United Kingdom, United States of America and Canada;
  2. 13 to be appointed by the Minister; of which 6 will be selected from Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Middle East, the Caribbean, Latin America and Europe, 7 sector representatives from Education, Health, Arts, Sports and Culture, Citizen Security, Development Expertise, Faith-based Community and Commerce
  3. 1 individual will be a discretionary appointment

Further information can be found  on this website in the section, Diaspora Affairs.

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.

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).