Les Isaac on the Jamaica Christian Diaspora Conference
THE JAMAICA CHRISTIAN DIASPORA CONFERENCE
Hundreds of stakeholders in Jamaica’s social and economic development drawn from Churches in Jamaica and in the Diaspora as well as various sectors, interest groups and institutions, are being mobilised for the second Jamaica Christian Diaspora Conference Kingston Jamaica, October 10 and 11, 2018.
With the theme
Working Together to Change the Caribbean Narrative –
through integrity, productivity, and sustainable development
The rationale for the 2018 conference includes:
- The Caribbean countries have a common history and at present have similar problems such as poverty, increasing crime, unattached youths and indiscipline within the society including issues around governance. Jamaica has a vision, like other Caribbean nations, which is to be the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business (see Jamaica 2030 vision).
- As a small region, the Caribbean would benefit from synergies to solve our common problems and help each other achieve our dreams. The region has the capability to solve its problems with the contributions, intellectual prowess, and good will of the its Diaspora.
- In addition, the 2015 African Union meeting entitled “Strengthening the African Union-Caribbean Diaspora Relationship” * has given greater impetus to the African-Caribbean dialogue on critical areas to strengthen the relationship between the African Union and the African Diaspora communities. This must now be capitalized on to address our history and build relationships to help make a significant difference in region.
- The Church has historically played a role in bringing change to the region, having the capability to cross cultural, economic, and social divides. With this potential for dialogue, the Second Christian Diaspora Conference as a representative of the church can play a role in supporting the Jamaican agenda, regional engagement, and greater collaboration with Africa.
A united and conscious collaboration within our diaspora regions can help us solve the common problems of our nations and therefore help us to take responsibility to make real and lasting change a reality.
*source Strengthening the AU-Caribbean Diaspora Relationship: CIDO holds tripartite meeting with CARICOM and the Canadian Pan-African Network (CPAN) | African Union