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:
- 14 to be elected from Diaspora communities in the United Kingdom, United States of America and Canada;
- 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
- 1 individual will be a discretionary appointment
Further information can be found on this website in the section, Diaspora Affairs.