This culminated in the issuance of a proclamation on June 14, 2005, by the then Governor-General, the late Sir Howard Cooke, for the day to be celebrated annually on June 16. A study to examine the value of the diaspora to Jamaica’s development will be launched on Jamaica Diaspora Day (June 16), which is celebrated annually in Jamaica and abroad. Persons who wish to contribute to the study or need more information can call CaPRI’s office at 970-3447 and 920-2910 or email [email protected] Story Highlights A study to examine the value of the diaspora to Jamaica’s development will be launched on Jamaica Diaspora Day (June 16), which is celebrated annually in Jamaica and abroad.Some of the results will be revealed at the Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference to be held in July.The designation of Diaspora Day emerged from one of seven Resolutions put forward at the first historic Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference held in Kingston from June 16 to 17, 2004.This culminated in the issuance of a proclamation on June 14, 2005, by the then Governor-General, the late Sir Howard Cooke, for the day to be celebrated annually on June 16.The proclamation requested the support of Jamaicans at home and abroad for the activities of the Jamaican diaspora.The launch is being jointly undertaken by the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI) and the Jamaica Diaspora Institute (JDI), with support from the Jamaica National Group.Executive Director of the JDI, Professor Neville Ying, and Co-Executive Director of CaPRI, Dr. Damien King, will be the main speakers at the event, scheduled to take place at the Jamaica National Financial Centre, 2 Belmont Road, starting at 7:30 a.m.Research Officer of CaPRI, Shanike Smart, says some of the findings of the study will be shared at the upcoming seventh Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference, slated for July 23 to 26 at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston. It is one of the main events to mark Jamaica’s 55th anniversary of Independence.“We will be presenting our findings on one of those days, especially where we are at in terms of the survey. We are hoping to wrap up the entire research within the following month or two,” she says, adding that CaPRI will be working overtime to meet the deadline.Explaining the reasons behind the study, Ms. Smart notes that there is need for a comprehensive collection and representation of the true value of the diaspora.“I think the information existing is very inadequate and mostly anecdotal… . I find that persons just have a little bit here and a little bit there,” she says, adding that if people do not understand the magnitude and significance of the diaspora, the value will be underestimated.“We want to add evidence. We want to empirically justify the perceived value. Persons do believe there is value, but we want to put a number on that,” she continues.Ms. Smart points out that the data will show whether there is economic value that the Government is not exploiting and what can be done to get the value that exists, and the best strategy to get this.“Rather than just speaking from the top of our heads, or from where we think we are, we want to empirically add to the discussion and allow for a more informed discussion,” she emphasises.Ms. Smart, who is the lead researcher on the project, says survey questionnaires have already been issued in the diaspora.“We are hoping to have a minimum respondent rate of 400 individuals. That’s a good representative sample of what the estimated diaspora stock is,” she explains, adding that CaPRI will request data from companies and offices where information exists.According to Ms. Smart, companies will be given the option of leaving their names off the questionnaires. Individuals will not be asked for their names.“This is for the safety of the respondent and to ensure that the sealed information is used for the intended purpose. We are definitely not including the names of diaspora members,” she tells JIS News.The survey seeks information about the impact of the diaspora on individuals, organisations and countries.Professor Neville Ying says countries which take diaspora engagement seriously, like India and Israel, have significant benefits.“The deposit accounts from non-resident Indians have brought home over US$40 billion by the end of 2008. The diaspora assisted India to be the dominant country in terms of diamond cutting, where India now accounts for 55 per cent of the global net export of cutting and polishing diamonds,” he notes, adding that the country also earns some US$11 billion through diaspora bonds.Similarly, he says Israel has raised some US$26 billion from the Diaspora for different infrastructure projects. In the area of technology, Professor Ying says the diaspora engineers in Silicon Valley in California, have helped to establish India “as one of the leading countries in information technology”.The Professor suggests that the statistical and financial data garnered of the value of the diaspora can also inform the Government in terms of finalising the new National Diaspora Policy.The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade is in the process of developing a National Diaspora Policy that will provide a framework to maximise the contribution of overseas nationals for Jamaica’s development.He points out that as part of Jamaica’s journey to development, the country will need to harness the power of the diaspora, which he says makes a significant contribution of some US$2.1 billion per year.“If we capitalise on what the diaspora has to offer, you will see how it will assist the growth agenda,” he adds, noting that the diaspora makes contribution in three primary areas – philanthropy, human capital and investments.He points out that the most consistent contribution of the diaspora has been in the areas of health and education, noting that more than 200 missions visit Jamaica annually to provide healthcare services all across the parishes.“So, it is very important to interact with those persons to let them know that we acknowledge the importance of their contribution,” he says.Persons who wish to contribute to the study or need more information can call CaPRI’s office at 970-3447 and 920-2910 or email [email protected]
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(L to R: Jack Royal, Chairman of IBC, Aboriginal Affairs Minister Kathleen Ganley and Chief Vincent Yellow Old Woman of Siksika Nation at the announcement) Brandi Morin APTN National NewsEDMONTON — The province of Alberta has announced a partnership to help the flooded community members of the Siksika Nation in southern part of the province.It has been two years since flood waters forced almost 1,000 people from their homes and the community is still dealing with the aftermath working to rebuild homes, roads and other damaged infrastructure.On Friday a new partnership involving Siksika, the Alberta Government and the Indian Business Corporation was announced that officials say will help boost economic opportunities for the nation.Siksika has invested $2 million backed by an additional $700,000 from the province to help entrepreneurs build and grow their small businesses.The announcement comes on the heels of the apology for residential schools by the Alberta Government.“We are living in times where we need to work together,” said Siksika Chief Vincent Yellow Old Woman who is a residential school survivor and attended the apology.“I am proud of the partnership today. This is for our members who have a willingness, capacity and a means to move forward. To encourage and to help them see that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.”Aboriginal Relations Minister Kathleen Ganley said small business owners play a central part in Alberta’s economy, entrepreneurs are important to the overall prosperity of Alberta and, especially to the prosperity of Indigenous people.“There are more businesses owned by Indigenous people today than ever before. For many Indigenous people, starting a business can mean economic prosperity and improve quality of life. Nowhere is this more evident than on First Nation reserves,” said Ganley.However, many First Nations living on reserve face significant challenges when it comes to accessing capital for business start-ups.Alberta based Indian Business Corporation (IBC) will administer the project. The IBC is a First Nations owned company founded in 1987 that has since provided close to $70 million in loans and created and funded over 2,500 businesses or expansion ventures.IBC chairman of the board Jack Royal said they understand the needs of First Nations. The IBC helps to fill the gap between a lack of understanding with lending institutes and First Nations.“I think the main stream banks, chartered banks, don’t fully understand,” said Royal.“A part of that has to do with crown title to First Nations land underlying First Nations ownership of the land. The Indian Act and all of the restrictions with the federal minister having to provide various guarantees. As a result they see First Nations as a higher risk and then they don’t fit into mainstream lending opportunities. Through IBC we’re more flexible and we understand how the Indian Act works and how Indian title works and what’s required for security to guarantee loans.”This partnership is unique in Alberta in that it’s never happened with a First Nation and a First Nation owned company collaborating with the province to deliver programs/services or economic funding directly to First Nations people.Royal said the initiative will help community members to build independence and will have an impact on social conditions.“We’re investing in the community, we’re generating revenue. It starts from the ground up. If the people don’t own something, they don’t have the passion for it. I think now because they’ll own these initiatives they’re now able to build that passion,” said Royal.The two primary business trends in Alberta are the energy sector and agriculture which Royal believes many members will create undertakings in. There is currently even more economic opportunities available in Siksika through the flood restoration efforts and members are already lining up to apply for funding.Royal hopes more monies will be made available for other Alberta First Nations to take advantage of entrepreneurial ventures in the near [email protected]
Home Of The Brave (7-2) capped an amazing weekend for trainer Hugo Palmer by making all the running in the Friarstown Stud Minstrel Stakes at the Curragh. “He was sixth and ran very well in the Guineas but he’s maybe actually a bit better than that. I was impressed with how he saw out the seven and wouldn’t rule out returning to a mile. “He’s a lightly-framed horse and will be much stronger next year.” Willie McCreery’s Champagne Or Water (8-1) warded off Gallope to take the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Handicap by three-quarters of a length under Billy Lee. “I was delighted to see the rain yesterday. The front two pulled well away,” said McCreery. “I thought she might be too big a filly for Galway but the way she fought on there, the hill might suit her. Pat Smullen, who guided Covert Love home in the Irish Oaks, continued his good run with victory on Digeanta (2-1 favourite) for Willie Mullins in the O’Brien’s Wines Handicap. “Everything worked out perfectly for him as they went hard from the start,” said Smullen. “They went very quick and set it up for him as he always keeps galloping. That’s all he’s been lacking is pace like that in his races.” Apprentice Daniel Redmond, who is attached to the Bolger stable, took the concluding Waxperts Fillies Maiden on Diamond Rio (12-1) for trainer Tony Mullins. “I’m delighted and I’ll see what mark she gets before deciding if we go for a winners of one or a handicap. We’re planning to step up in trip anyway,” said Mullins. Less than 24 hours after Covert Love gave the Newmarket handler his first Classic triumph in the Darley Irish Oaks, Home Of The Brave took Group Three honours. James Doyle dictated affairs on the European Free Handicap winner, who had run with credit in the both the 2000 Guineas and Commonwealth Cup. Press Association The opposition had no answer when Doyle kicked on two furlongs out as Home Of The Brave pulled away to score by three and a half lengths from Group One performer Gordon Lord Byron, the 7-4 favourite. Another British raider Sovereign Debt, trained by Dandy Nicholls, was third. Palmer said: “I thought he’d win, but I didn’t quite think he’d win like that. “He’s a very immature horse and that’s why he was so lightly raced at two. He always showed he was a horse with amazing speed from Christmas as a yearling. He was terrifyingly quick. “Andrea, my head girl, has been a huge part in his upbringing teaching him to settle. He did that perfectly today. He went down like a lamb, came back like a lamb and quickened away from them. “He’s the second Group-winning son of Starspangledbanner from 27 foals. I’d expect he’ll cover more mares now and he’ll be able to upgrade what he is as a stallion. “The Hungerford Stakes would look the obvious next target. There is the Prix Maurice de Gheest but that might be his Group One for next year. “We thought after the Guineas that he was a sprinter, but that might just have come a bit quick after the Free Handicap. He was cherry ripe for that.