Addressing members of the diaspora at a reception given in her honour by the Embassy of Jamaica on Friday, Sept. 16, Senator Johnson Smith assured the large gathering that the government is working on new crime-fighting strategies. However, the government can’t undertake this task alone. It requires collaborative actions by all stakeholders: the public and private sectors, NGOs and all civic societies.
The Foreign Affairs Minister noted that the work of the new Crime Initiative and Prevention Task Force will therefore be of critical importance. Sen. Johnson Smith urged members of the diaspora to partner with the government by sharing their thoughts, expertise and best practices as we build together a safe, more secure and peaceful nation. Without this foundation we will not achieve our full potential as a nation.
Senator Johnson Smith said it is her intention to forge a stronger and more meaningful partnership with the diaspora that will create opportunities and mechanism for leveraging this vast potential of human capital that exists in our diaspora.
Minister Johnson Smith took the opportunity to commend Ambassador Audrey Marks on her appointment and her resumption of duties in Washington. She said Ambassador Marks brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the post and she has every confidence that the Ambassador will continue to represent the government and the people of Jamaica admirably.
Just over a hundred members of the Diaspora from Washington DC, Maryland Virginia Pennsylvania and Delaware representing a wide cadre of persons from the private sector government non-profit as well as heads of various Jamaican organizations were in attendance.
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