Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Campbell Commentary: Voting for Reggae and Representation



By Aubrey Campbell
NEW YORK. NY Monday, November 18, 2019 – Brothers and sisters. Greetings and salutations as you settle into the Winter season. I have no doubt that like so many, you are looking forward to the days and weeks ahead and the time you will spend with family, friends, and associates, in that order, whether they or you, do the visiting.

It is, therefore, a time of great expectations and especially so for the Christian (religious) community. But allow me, if you will, to shift down a gear or two, to two areas of our community that are in expectant mood at this time.

Reggae Grammy Overload
It has to do with our culture and heritage, very important benchmarks in determining who we are, now that we are detached from our place of origin.
In a matter of hours, we will know the five (5) albums that made the cut for consideration for the top prize in music. The American Academy of Recording Arts & Science will hand out the coveted Grammy Awards in February, next year.

Just in case you are following the developments, the Weekly Star newspaper, serving the Caribbean communities in the USA and Canada, carried a front-page story, making much to do about the fact that some 100 albums were submitted for consideration, something of an anomaly!

And if you find yourself asking the question…by whose standard, you are not alone. As a matter of fact, you are in good company!

Asked his opinion during our ‘power hour’ conversation – WSNR, 620 AM – on Saturday afternoon, Richard Lue said the matter was nothing more than a storm in a teacup!

Having more albums in front of the record jury is the right the thing to do for the further development of the music, the origin of which, until recently, it was in serious question.

Not so long ago, folks could be heard questioning the legitimacy of the music and whether of not only one family knows how to make good reggae music.

It is, therefore, safe to say that with more than 120 albums submitted, those in the business have gotten the message. Unless the work of art is taken from under the bushel and presented for judging, the result will always face unfavorable questioning!

Another point that Richard made was that given the worldwide  appeal of the music (genre) if more of the real, authentic stuff from ‘yard’ is not presented, the industry will continue to suffer from substandard work due to a lack of resources.

In other words, if we don’t go out and purchase the music through the proper channels, then we should not be surprised when the top prize ends up elsewhere.

But first, let’s hear on Wednesday, which five albums make the cut for the Reggae Grammy, this year. Stay tuned!

Disingenuous
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade is using every means to discredit Jamaicans in the pivotal USA/Northeast region for demanding clarity regarding the new Global Diaspora Council (GJDC).
The ministry says those who are behind the move, myself included, are disingenuous. To that, I will say. ‘Pat a kuss kettle say it black!’

And why is that so?

From August ‘til now, the Ministry has not seen it fit to meet with key Diaspora concerns, those persons and organizations, always at the forefront, keeping the national development agenda current.

Coming out of conference, concerns are raised about the proposed construction of the Global Council to replace the current ABM set up, and before you know it, it turns into a political fight!

Jamaicans are being contacted to offer themselves for service on this council and others are being canvassed to vote. It is so bad that some persons think that they are being voted into political office!

You know what is disingenuous, the minister herself going on radio in Atlanta and Connecticut, to make her case that what the government is doing is legit and sustainable! They are out of touch, out there in the boondocks.

The seat in New York will be too hot and the questions beyond here reasoning. I guarantee you that. She will not get an open mic, here! And if that is not bad, they are even going as low as to call persons who questioned the legitimacy of the council to now change their minds.

Where is the structure to support this elaborate Global Diaspora Council and why is the government of Jamaica, staying in Kingston and organizing elections here, in these United States?

Key stakeholders are suddenly being lumped together as, ‘purveyors of negative distraction’ – if ever there is such a thing – in asking for postponement of elections until the terms of reference are better understood.

In mid-June when delegates voted to go forward with the new set up, they did so with the understanding that they could make adjustments as they go along. It’s not always that transparency and expediency mean the same thing. This is one of those cases!

And one more thing. Usually, the Consulate would step in on such matter but now it’s the Embassy. Of course, things and times do change.

We, the concerned Jamaicans in the Diaspora just have to remain vigilant!

No, to the election without representation!

You have the floor!

NEW GJDC ROLE TO BE THE SAME AS ABM, SAYS AMBASSADOR MARKS



By Derrick Scott – Information Attache, Jamaican Embassy, DC

WASHINGTON, DC. Wednesday, November 13, 2019 -- There will be no change in the role that elected members of the Global Jamaica Diaspora Council (GJDC) will play versus the current role of persons elected as Diaspora Advisory Board members when the new body comes into operation next January. Furthermore, the soon to be expanded membership of the Council is widely welcomed by Diaspora members in the US, UK, Canada and globally.  This is the word from Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Audrey Marks.

She notes that “over the past few days, I have taken the opportunity to engage with a wide range of Diaspora leaders throughout the Northeast, to make sure that there are no concerns that we are not addressing,” 

She further stated that “All the community leaders that Consul General Wilson and I have spoken with, have expressed their support with their better understanding and realization that this is not a government “top-down” imposition. Rather, it is a suggestion that the government is facilitating for greater engagement with the Diaspora,” the Jamaican Ambassador pointed out.

Immediate Past President of the National Association of Jamaican and Supportive Organizations (NAJASO), Dr. Robert Clarke said, “After careful evaluation of the process, it is prudent and we are going in the right direction with the Global Jamaica Diaspora Council. Initially, it was not that apparent to me, it was after careful consultation with Ambassador Marks and other leaders within the region and looking at it from an objective point of view, it is in the best interest of the Diaspora for us to proceed…, ” Dr. Clarke said.

President of Jamaica Association of Maryland and Vice President of NAJASO, Rick Nugent said, “the reorganization is a good move and my association supports the establishment of the Global Jamaica Diaspora Council. This is important as it will make a change to the present structure and bring it under one umbrella which would be in the best interest of us here in the Diaspora.”

Registration to vote and nomination of candidates are both underways in the 3 developed Diaspora locations of US, UK, and Canada. Jamaicans from Africa, Asia, the Pacific, The Middle East, the Caribbean, Latin America, and Europe will join the elected members on the Council in order to support the growth of the movement in those locations.  

The GJDC, establishment of which was endorsed by delegates at the eighth Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference held in June, in Kingston, will replace the Diaspora Advisory Board. It will comprise 28 members, 14 of whom will be elected from Canada, the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States of America (USA), and the other 14 appointed. The Council will involve persons with expertise in the areas of Education; Health and Wellness; Arts; Sports and Culture; Citizen Security; Development Issues; Faith-based Community and Commerce.

Persons have until November 17 to register to vote or to register their candidacy online at www.globaljadiasporacouncil.com.

The elections will be in the form of electronic voting on the website, beginning November 21 and ending on December 15, 2019.



Jamaica’s Ambassador/USA, Audrey Marks.



Consul General of Jamaica/NYC
Alsion Roach Wilson, OD





Caribzone News Highlights


Jamaica

Portland is the latest parish to benefit under the Government’s initiative to construct water shops as a means of addressing the water needs of residents in drought-affected communities across Jamaica.
Two facilities will be built in the parish at a cost of approximately $19.5 million.

Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, broke ground for the establishment of the first shop in the community of Commodore on Friday, November 8.
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National

The Supreme Court last week weighed the fate of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the Obama-era program that shields from deportation, hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants who arrived in the US as children. 

President Trump has long said he wants to do away with the program, but the Supreme Court is apparently not finding it to be a simple task.  

Their opinions of two key justices – John Roberts and Brett Kavanaugh - could decide the whole thing, and after a day of hearing arguments, it's not clear where either man will come down on the issue. 

Outside the court, immigrant advocates and DACA recipients from across the country gathered to listen to the proceedings and voice their support for the program.
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Jamaica
Jamaicans are again being urged to consume more locally produced food to aid in reducing the country’s high importation bill which stood at just over US$900 million in 2018.

This renewed call comes from Chief Technical Director in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture, and Fisheries, Monique Gibbs who said that simply “eating Jamaican” can have the desired impact which includes retaining local jobs and saving foreign exchange.
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Local

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade says Jamaicans in the Northeast USA are disingenuous in seeking clarity on the terms of reference for the new Global Diaspora Council (GJDC).

The Jamaicans are calling for a postponement of the elections to the council which would replace the existing Diaspora Advisory Board member. The elections are due later this month.
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Guyana

With general elections now set for March 2, there is a split in the Guyana coalition government as to which side should select the candidate for prime minister. 
President David Granger whose APNU party has the larger majority, says he will select a nominee for prime minister when the time is right. 

The 2015 Cummingsbury Accord that brought the two parties together, gives the presidential nominee to the APNU and the prime minister nominee to the AFC, but Granger is saying not so this time! Stay tuned.
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Jamaica 

General elections in Jamaica is still 15 months away at a minimum, but the two major political parties – the ruling Jamaica Labor Party (JLP), and the opposition People’s National Party (PNP), have already signed a memorandum of understanding for a series of debates to be organized and staged by the Jamaica Debates Commission (JDC).

The three debates will deal with social issues, economic issues and one between the contenders for the office of prime minister. 

Jamaica’s next general election is constitutionally due at the end of February 2021.
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Grenada

Grenada’s Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) says that persons now depositing funds into financial institutions achieved through the traditional form of savings known as ‘sou sou’, will now have to meet certain guidelines.

The FIU said that the move is part of its efforts to combat financial corruption and money laundering. 
‘Sou sou’ is a form of saving in which several people collectively contribute a specific sum of money into a pool for a specific period.  Under the system, one person benefits on each occasion, known as a ‘draw’, from the funds placed in the pool.
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Sports


Clarendon v KC in Champions Cup Final
After two contrasting victories on the weekend, Clarendon College and Kingston College will now meet in the final of the ISSA Champions Cup final.
Clarendon easily put aside Cornwall College with a clinical 3-0 drubbing while KC, after a 1-1 fulltime score were able to get by Jamaica College 3-2 on penalties.

Rodrick Granville scored twice for Clarendon College first in the 52nd minute and then in the 68th minute. The third Clarendon goal came late in the encounter, the 88th minute, from the boots of Tahjay Williams.
In the KC-JC match, KC took the lead through Demario McCarthy in the first half.

Playing with the rain pouring down in the second half, both sides had to change from their starting kits mainly because of the prevailing soggy conditions. Yet despite the conditions, JC found a late equalizer courtesy of Shadane Lopez in the 83rd minute.
The match then went to penalties, which KC won 3-2.
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Monday, November 11, 2019

THE JAMAICAN STOCK EXCHANGE. In a League of its own



By Derrick Scott

WASHINGTON, DC. Thursday, November 7, 2019 -- The New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday (November 6), flew the Jamaican flag on its building in the New York business district in a tribute to the island’s stock market, the Jamaica Stock Exchange being rated the best performing stock exchange in the world.

According to the New York Stock Exchange, Jamaica is the only country where its flag has been flown atop its building in New York.

The Jamaica Stock Exchange commenced its North East USA Road Show on Wednesday with a visit to the New York Stock Exchange when the Jamaican flag was flown.

The visit is in response to an invitation from Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States Audrey Marks, who is of the view that Jamaicans living in the Diaspora should be aware of the tremendous opportunities available in the Jamaican stock market so that they can look to place more investment on the island.

The theme for the show is “Exploring Wealth Creation opportunities while helping to build a better Jamaica.”  

According to the Managing Director of the Stock Exchange, Mrs. Marlene Street-Forest the move is an outreach into the Jamaican Diaspora in New York Philadelphia and Washington to sensitize them about the vast opportunities that are available in the Jamaican Stock Exchange.

The Managing Director of the JSE, Mrs. Marlene Street Forrest and a team including members from the Social Stock Exchange (JSSE) and a number of Jamaican Stock Brokers, visited
the New York/Tri-State, Philadelphia and Washington, DC areas, over the period November 5 to 10. 
Over the past decade, Jamaica’s financial sector assets have tripled and the number of institutions have grown eightfold, according to International Monetary Fund figures. While Kingston still regularly appears on global lists of dangerous cities, the World Bank now ranks Jamaica as the sixth-best nation in terms of ease of starting a business.
 
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HEIGHTS. GREEN & GOLD. Jamaica’s flag has been flown on the building of the New York Stock Exchange, in tribute to the island’s stock market is rated the best performing stock exchange in the world.

-        contributed



Campbell Commentary - OPERATION VISA REVOCATION: Political Criminality v Foreign Policy Ideology



By Aubrey Campbell
NEW YORK, NY. Monday, November 12, 2019 --- Good day folks. We are into another week and inching ever closer to pausing for the cause, to give thanks for a beautiful life with all the bells and whistles of the yuletide season.
So, yes, there will be quite a bit to give thanks for, to celebrate, even as we remember those who fought for and paid the ultimate price for the freedoms that we enjoy today.

Lest we forget!

Last week, Jamaicans were greeted with the news that the US State Department has seen it fit to revoke the visas of two ranking politicians, with the promise of more to come.
And while the vexing matter of visa revocation is not new, what is new is how this particular case is being handled.

A couple of things need to be noted.

In this instance, politicians from both major political parties are ‘fingered’, making for a very interesting discourse, especially on the many social media platforms.

It is also interesting to note that the announcement was timed – by accident or design – to coincide with an official visit to China, by Prime Minister Andrew Holness, and a visit to Jamaica by ranking Trump Administration officials from the US Southern Command.

Talking about the flexing of diplomatic muscles.

And if that’s what the USA is doing, what does a sovereign state or should I say, a small island developing state like Jamaica, do?
How does it stand its ground against a big, bad schoolyard bully like the USA, now taking orders from an unapologetic, unpopular President?

How does it push back?

Imagine Jamaica trying to get its ‘mojo’ on, trying to enjoy the best of both worlds, USA/CHN, so to speak, with a culture predicated on mendicancy and corruption.

When you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything!

While I will leave the speculation of why the visas of Daryl Vaz (JLP) and Phillip Paulwell (PNP), were revoked, to the investigative journalists populating social media, US foreign policy continues to defy logic. Well, maybe not logic, but for me!

Just try to imagine the noise level if the visa revocation was on one side of the politics only! And so, that scenario now lends itself to a deeper introspection of what is the real motive of the USA, because as Dr. Basil Wilson noted, the withholding of information by the US government makes no sense.

As Provost of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Prof Wilson found it hard to explain the ‘secrecy’ of the information from/by the Federal government.
‘Guesting’ on The Power Hour show – WSNR, 620 AM, www.radio620am.com on Saturday, the learned gentleman opined that the withholding of the information by the ‘Feds’, left him to now contemplate the case on the grounds of criminality v ideology.

Bear in mind that Vaz is on record as saying that should he lose his appeal for reinstatement of his travel privileges, he will resign from the JLP, which currently forms the government, and not by a large majority!

And so, if it’s not criminality, is it that the US wants to tell sovereign Jamaica how to manage its affairs and who not to have a mutually beneficial relationship with?

Make no mistake, China is serious about its colonization of the Caribbean. Its economic footprint is unmistakable. We also know that the USA is no friend of Venezuela and Cuba, bedroom buddies of Jamaica, from way, way back when the $ was 5 to 1!

I grew up in an era of enlightened politics when democratic socialism was the order of the day and later when Venezuela reached out through Petrocaribe to light the darkness in the homes and on the streets, when energy cost threatens to plunge the region into economic ruin.

It’s just that like so many, enlightenment for me did not equate to brainwashing as some would have you believe.

So, it remains very interesting to hear what the PM knows and how the USA explain their stance on yet another troubling matter of politics!

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Caribzone News Highlight for Week of November 11th, 2019



National
The acquisition of Sprint by T-Mobile got official approval from US federal officials, a major win as the two companies seek to complete a $26 billion merger amid resistance from consumer advocacy groups. The merger could prove transformative for a US wireless industry facing cutthroat competition in recent years over everything from prices to customer contracts. As the nation's third- and fourth-largest wireless carriers, T-Mobile and Sprint have led the charge in ending early termination fees and reintroducing unlimited data plans. As the two companies combine, the future of the marketplace is uncertain.
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Jamaica
Jamaica’s Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Robert Montague is again appealing for motorists to exercise greater care in the use of the roads in order to prevent further casualties from road crashes.
He noted that there have been over 300 fatalities and thousands of more persons injured in motor vehicle crashes since the start of the year.
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Jamaica
The House of Representatives, last Tuesday (November 5), approved the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering Prevention) (Amendment) Regulations, 2019, which aims to strengthen the integrity of Jamaica’s domestic financial system.

The legislation is being amended to make it fully compliant with the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), and effective in the efforts of law enforcement and other stakeholders to stem money laundering.
In his remarks, Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang explained that the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering Prevention) Regulations, 2007, details the regime applicable to businesses in the regulated sector for the purposes of preventing and detecting money laundering.

He noted that based on a review of the extent of Jamaica’s compliance with the FATF 40 Recommendations, and the level of effectiveness of these systems, the Mutual Evaluation Report (MER) provided suggestions on how the systems could be strengthened.

Dr. Chang pointed out that the report outlines ways to effectively amend the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering Protection) Regulations, 2007, to make it fully compliant with the FATF.

“The Report indicated that of the 40 recommendations, Jamaica is partially compliant with 21, and non-compliant with two. As a country, we must address these technical compliance deficiencies with urgency or risk the FATF making a public statement regarding the jurisdiction’s anti-money laundering deficiencies,” he stated.

Some of the recommendations include amending Regulation 3 to specify the timeline (15 days after the end of each month) required for financial institutions to report to the Designated Authority on transactions involving prescribed sums.

The National Security Minister said this provision’s inclusion enhances the Designated Authority’s investigative capability.
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Dominica

On December 6, 2019, Dominicans will go to the polls to elect a new government. Dominica's Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, last week, announced the date for the election at a Dominica Labour Party (DLP) event at Goodwill. Nomination Day will be November 19.

Mr. Skerrit, who is seeking to become the first politician in Dominica to win four consecutive general elections, called for voters to ensure the campaign is conducted in an atmosphere of civility and peace. His main challenge will be the United Workers Party, headed by Opposition Leader Lennox Linton. Over the past year the DLP and the opposition United Workers Party (UWP) has been actively campaigning for the election constitutionally due in May 2020.
The announcement of the date for the election puts Dominica in uncharted territory since the UWP has stated many times that there will not be an election in Dominica without electoral reform- that is, the cleansing of the voter's list and the issuance of voter identification cards.
Skerrit told supporters that he has a clear plan for continued growth and development
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Barbados,


Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley says if the CARICOM movement is to be brought fully into the 21st century, Heads of Government must have more frequent deliberations about critical matters affecting the Region along the lines of how the European Union operates.
Her comments came as she delivered the opening remarks at a Town Hall meeting last Monday, under the theme The CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) – What is in It for Me? at the Walcott-Warner Theatre, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus.  Ms. Mottley has lead responsibility for the CSME in CARICOM’s quasi cabinet.
She said: “I want to suggest to you that what is in it for you is everything, because of your ability to be able to fight off the worst impacts of [the] climate crisis depend on us coming together as one and raising our voice, and even then there is no guarantee. She suggested that  the people of the Caribbean will have to fully embrace regional integration in order for the Single Market to work.
“Your ability to have a larger market will be critical if you’re going to drive down your prices to enhance your competitiveness to allow for greater profitability.  The ability for us to be able to have the levels of functional cooperation that have been quietly working for us without any big set of noise as we have seen with CXC, as we have seen in other areas of public health and in the testing of our labs.  These things are working for us, but for some reason, we don’t believe that if we are stronger together there, that we can be stronger together in the context of the Single Market and Single Economy.”
Ms. Mottley noted that the prospect of having eight general elections, within the Caribbean over the course of the next 15 months, was cause for concern, as it would affect the pace and progress of the implementation of the Single Market and Single Economy.
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Antigua & Barbuda

The ailing Regional the airline, LIAT has been given a new lease on life with an injection of a US$15.8 million loans negotiated by Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne with the ALBA Bank at a meeting in Venezuela yesterday.
 Browne attended the 72nd meeting of the Executive Board of ALBA Bank in Caracas, Venezuela at the headquarters of the Central Bank of Venezuela, where Antigua and Barbuda was formally inducted into ALBA Bank as a new member, and signed a Financing Agreement relating to the loan of US$15.8 million for injection into LIAT. After formally depositing the instrument that allowed Antigua and Barbuda to join the Bank, Browne expressed satisfaction with the good financial position of the Bank.
In reply, Governor of the Central Bank Mr Calixto Ortega welcomed PM Browne noting how pleased he was that Antigua and Barbuda had become the seventh member of ALBA Bank, joining Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, Dominica, St Vincent, and the Grenadines and Bolivia.
Both St Vincent and the Grenadines and Dominica, in offering their congratulations, indicated that they fully supported the ‘bold move’ by Antigua and Barbuda to join the Bank.
ALBA Bank was established in 2005 as the brainchild of former President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez Frias, and the former President of Cuba, Fidel Castro. It was envisioned as a regional development bank that would provide resources to fill the development needs of the countries of the region.
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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

CaribZone Commentary - Say No To Election Without Representation!


By Aubrey Campbell,
NEW YORK, NY. Tuesday, November 5, 2019 – Good day folks. A day late but not a penny short! I sat wishing on a star that today was the real ‘super PAC’ Tuesday, only to realize that I still have a full year to go!

I, however, remain hopeful that you went out and exercised your right, so that when the right time comes, you will know exactly what to do, without being influenced by the ghosts of ‘Social Media’, past!

Which brings me to another hot button topic, the Jamaica Diaspora Council and the current spat with the Andrew Holness Administration.

Despite being asked to hold up and reconsider, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), which has portfolio responsibility for the Diaspora is going full steam ahead with electioneering with a view to having the Global Jamaica Diaspora Council (GJDC) in place by year’s end!

And once again, those who seek clarity are being treated like chopped liver and having no ties to the rock!

Wrong move!

Seeking to engage the Diaspora above and beyond what now obtains, is fine, but it cannot and should not be along party lines. This way, the forward momentum will not be disrupted, whenever we decide to swap the ‘black dawg fih dih monkey’, as we tend to do ever so often!

We have seen it, lived it and it is counter-productive!

At the 8th Biennial Diaspora Conference, held at the Jamaica Conference Center, downtown Kingston, this past June – seet deh, a nuh lie mi a tel. Mi when de deh. Oops! I am not making up the story, I was there!
 LMAO!

Approval was given/delegates voted for the government to start working on a ‘draft’ document for the proposed National Diaspora Policy!

Delegates were told that they would be updated as the document made the rounds among lawmakers at the level of the Senate and the House!

Was the document voted on?

While we understand that one person, with none or very limited resource, cannot engage, and as a consequence, represent a most discernible Diaspora, putting the energy and resource into the formation and establishment of a sustainable (sexy word again) structure, would be the most appropriate scenario yet and for this government in particular, given the fact that the JLP wants to pride itself as the party of prosperity.

Hear me out! If the Diaspora is prosperous, who stands to benefit?

Let me give you a clue: It’s one word with seven (7) letters and spelt with no ‘p’ in it, acronym and all!

Are you with me?

I have maintained from ‘day one’, since this Diaspora word and movement became sexy, that the cart was before the horse, something of a classic tale of the tail wagging the dog! Only now am I understanding ‘granny speak101’.

‘Before you dance abroad, you must learn to dance a yard’. That, my friend is the present construct of the Diaspora, and I will be very quick to add, not a sustainable model!

Jamaicans overseas are not about to give up on the land of their birth. So, while the individual intent to contribute and give forward, is there, just imagine the impact on the national development agenda, if this show of benevolence was organized and coordinated?

Every Tom, Dick, and Harry giving, that is fine, but pool it for greater impact and representational leverage, which is at the heart of the spat with the MFA and constituents of the USA/NE region, in particular, and rightly so!

I would not be surprised if the legality of the GJDC is a challenge in the court of law, because the set up is being driven by the MFA, headquartered in Kingston, through its overseas missions – High Commissions, Embassies, Consulates – and will have persons, hand-picked by the government!
How is that representation?

Blane Stoddart answers it best. “The reorganization of the Diaspora is a continuation of the status quo.  The reorganization may actually lead to true Diaspora engagement, but the process sends the wrong message.  I strongly suggest that the Minister of Foreign Affairs and/or her representatives, go on a listening tour throughout the Diaspora as part of the reorganization. To implement this in a few short weeks is another slap in the Diaspora’s face.”

If you attend the annual Penn Relays Carnival in Philadelphia and go by the Team Jamaica Bickle village, to show some love to our sporting ambassadors, then you know Stoddart.

He’s not just another Jamaican living in these United States and so, him lending his voice to the growing chorus of, ‘election no, representation yes’, speaks volumes!

Here is the stickler! To be branded anti-government because you demand to know because you push back is disingenuous!

Stop it!

Come down off your pumps and pride and explain why the rush to set up a GJDC, at this time, and what seems, at all cost?

…and to understand the politics, you will have to understand the silence since the US State Department revoked the visas of ranking parliamentarians from both sides! Imagine if it was from just one side..?

Fenneh!

The conversation continues at noon, Saturday, inside The Power Hour, WSNR 620 AM, www.radio620am.com.
You have the floor!

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