Foreign Ministry takes over Diaspora database


April 25, 2017
Kamina Johnson Smith

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade will take ownership of the database captured under the online Diaspora Mapping initiative, now that the project has ended.

Funded by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), the project was undertaken in conjunction with the ministry. It aimed to capture the location, interests, and skills of members of the diaspora, while building the Jamaican Government's capacity to more effectively and strategically engage its diaspora.

Speaking at the ministry's quarterly press briefing recently at its offices in New Kingston, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Kamina Johnson Smith, said that the ministry will soon be taking ownership of the database.

"We have recently got Cabinet's approval to sign an agreement with them to take ownership of the database of persons and organisations that had indicated they were willing to be a part of the process," she said.

She said the ministry will be reviewing the project with the intention of starting a new one in due course.

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