The People’s National Party (PNP) will embark on a tour of the Jamaican Diaspora community later this year to mark the country’s 60th Diamond Jubilee being observed this year.
Opposition Leader Mark Golding will lead the PNP delegation, which will include senior members of the party.
They will make stops in the US from July 14-22, during which they will visit Florida, Washington, DC, Georgia, and New York, which the party noted in a statement on Monday all have “sizable Jamaican Diaspora populations”.
The delegation will tour sections of the UK between October 6 and 8 and later Canada, which also have large numbers of Jamaicans living in these countries.
“The People’s National Party has long regarded the diaspora as a key stakeholder in the development of our nation and continues to advocate for greater involvement in the affairs of their homeland. The PNP believes that it is important to engage Jamaicans in the diaspora and include them in national conversations, as our policies not only affect those who live here but also those who have an interest in returning to the country of their birth,” said the statement.
It said Golding would use the occasion to celebrate Jamaica’s 60th anniversary of independence with all Jamaicans in the Diaspora, to praise their steadfast loyalty to the country of their birth, and to celebrate their contributions to their adopted homelands.
“Jamaica is a country without borders, and the Leader of the Opposition believes it prudent to use the occasion of our Diamond Jubilee to embrace Jamaicans wherever they reside,” the statement added.
“The intention and unwavering commitment of the Opposition is to unite around a common purpose of nation-building so that we can fulfil our critical constitutional role for the betterment of Jamaica. To this end, we believe connecting with the Diaspora is critical,” PNP General Secretary Dr Dayton Campbell said.
He noted that the Diaspora as a stakeholder group maintains strong connections to their family in Jamaica, and their support of the Jamaican economy is unquestionable.
“Their Jamaican identity is indelible and is a tremendous asset to the nation. In addition, the intellectual competencies of the Diaspora remain underutilised in contributing to the ongoing betterment of Jamaica land we love,” said Campbell.
He said the party would provide more details on the tour in the coming weeks.