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HIGH COMMISSION FOR JAMAICA 1

PORT OF SPAIN

Sept. 2017 – Feb. 2018

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INSIDE … High Commissioner’s Message ……….………...…....2 Role of the High Commission ………………...........3-4 History of Jamaican High Commission in Trinidad and Tobago…………………….....…….…..5-6

Bilateral Relations Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago Diplomatic Dinner 2017……….……….…………......7-8 Trade Relations ..………………………..……………...9 Film……………..…………………..…………...…..10-11 Culture ………………………………………………….12 Remembrance Day …………………………………...13

JAMAICA–TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO RELATIONS

Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago established diplomatic relations in 1963. Both countries have worked together in the context of CARICOM as founding members, in various regional and multilateral fora and at the bilateral level. In recent times, work has been conducted through bilateral consultations between both countries, with a view to cooperation on issues related to:

Regional Meetings and Activities CARICOM / EU International Conference on Climate Change……….......………………………………….....14 Animae Caribe Animation & Digital Media Festival...15 Sports Events in Trinidad and Tobago ………….16-17 Consular Corner ……………………………......…18-21 International Spotlight on Jamaica …….……...........22 Community Corner …………………….………….23-25 Diaspora Engagement………………………...…..26-27 Staff Corner………………………………………...28-29 Contact Information …………..………….….….........30

CARICOM Single Market and Economy Trade Immigration Air Services/Transportation Energy Tourism, Security, Technical and Cultural Cooperation Multilateral Cooperation


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High Commissioner’s Message

High Commissioner H.E. David Prendergast

The dawn of a New Year presents an opportunity for reflection, renewal and rebirth. As a High Commission we are grateful for our achievements over the past year, in fulfilling our mandate to deepen our bilateral relations, promote Brand Jamaica, provide consular services, protect the interest of our nationals, and engage the Diaspora. If you travelled on Caribbean Airlines during 2017, you may have seen some of our collaborative efforts featured in videos onboard. These include the premiere of Jamaican films at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival, the JAMPRO Caribbean Trade Mission to Trinidad and Tobago, the tourism launch of Experience Jamaica at the Trinidad and Tobago Trade and Investment Convention, as well as a group feature on Jamaican Christmas cuisine. This would not have been possible without the vision, determination, networking, as well as the talent of all involved. We also continue to celebrate 55 years of Jamaica as an independent nation. In this issue of our biannual publication, we present a pictorial history of the Jamaican High Commission and its thirteen (13) representatives since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago in 1963. On the cover is the historic Old Iron Bridge erected in 1801 in Spanish Town, the then capital city of Jamaica. The 81 ft long and 15 ft wide bridge is a national monument and has the distinction of being the oldest of its kind in the Western Hemisphere. At the time, it provided a much-needed link between Kingston and Spanish Town, two cities that were geographically close and inter-dependent, yet separated by the Rio Cobre River. As a Caribbean region, so too are we inter-dependent. We are stronger and better together and we must continue to work towards building bridges that will further connect us. The region has thus far managed to forge solid ties through the movement of goods, services, people, capital and the establishment of businesses. This has been done in the face of challenges from time to time. We recognize that more needs to be done. We can only benefit from focusing on and forging solutions, to realize the objectives of regional integration. The last quarter of 2017 proved to be extremely challenging for the region as category 5 Hurricanes- Irma and Mariastormed across the Caribbean, leaving behind a trail of destruction. The Government of Jamaica, along with the private sector and other CARICOM sister-nations, engaged in relief efforts to give a hand to the affected territories. On the part of the High Commission, staff operated the telephone lines for days on end, seeking to make contact with distressed nationals. In addition, a Consular Officer was dispatched from the High Commission, to lend support to the Jamaican community, including those housed at shelters. Coordinated efforts also resulted in airlift evacuations of nationals to Jamaica. As extensive rebuilding continues, the Caribbean spirit remains ever resilient. Like the mythical phoenix emerging from the ashes, still we rise. Wishing you a 2018 filled with blessings in abundance!

David Prendergast High Commissioner


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Role of the Jamaican High Commission

The High Commission for Jamaica in Trinidad and Tobago is accredited to some sixteen countries across the Caribbean region. The High Commission is committed to: Deepening bilateral relations and cooperation in countries under our jurisdiction; Protecting the interest of Jamaican nationals; Providing consular services to Jamaicans and persons visiting Jamaica; Engaging the Jamaican Diaspora; Monitoring and reporting on political and socio-economic developments; Identifying opportunities for increased trade and investment; and Promoting Jamaican creative industries such as art, film, fashion, cuisine, music, and theatre.

Countries over Which the High Commission for Jamaica, Port of Spain, has Jurisdiction: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Curacao, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Maarten/Saint Martin, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago. ď‚–


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Role of the Jamaican High Commission WE CAN ASSIST WITH THE FOLLOWING: Processing of passport applications for Jamaican Citizens; Issuance of Emergency Certificates (EC's) for urgent travel; Processing and issuance of visas and other relevant documents to foreigners visiting Jamaica; Authentication and legalization of documents; Protection of welfare and interests of Jamaican nationals, including those on remand and incarcerated; Provision of information regarding regulatory requirements for Returning Residents; Processing of applications for Jamaican citizenship; and Promotion of commerce and trade interests between Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and other countries to which the High Commission is accredited. ď‚–

IT IS A PLEASURE SERVING OUR CLIENTS! THERE ARE SOME SERVICES HOWEVER, THAT THE HIGH COMMISSION DOES NOT OFFER:

Provide financial assistance or scholarships to nationals through loans, education or funeral grants; Provide financial assistance to persons who wish to open or operate a business in Trinidad and Tobago, other countries to which the High Commission is accredited, or Jamaica; Stand as surety for nationals seeking loans for business, education or private purposes; Purchase airline tickets for nationals to return to Jamaica; Seek the release of incarcerated persons, intervene in criminal or civil court proceedings or overturn a deportation order; Pay bills, find work or source accommodation for Jamaican nationals; Give legal advice, provide legal representation, investigate crimes or directly carry out searches for missing persons, but will refer you to the appropriate local authorities. ď‚–


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History of Jamaican High Commissioners to Trinidad and Tobago In 1963, following the establishment of diplomatic relations between Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, the doors of the Jamaican High Commission opened at number 2 Newbold Street in St. Clair. Since then, Jamaica has maintained its presence in Port of Spain, with a train of distinguished High Commissioners leading the charge. Below are the High Commissioners from 1963-present. ď‚–

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H.E. Hector Wynter 1963-1965

H.E. Ashton Wright 1965-1968

H.E. Ivo DeSouza 1968-1973

H.E. V. Courtney

Smith 1973-1976

H.E. Reginald E.K Phillips 1976-1979

H.E. Gordon Wells 1979-1981

H.E. Ellen Bogle 1981-1989

H.E. Stafford Neil 1989-1994

H.E. Cherrie Orr 1994-1998

H.E. Lorne T. McDonnough 1999-2005

H.E. Peter Black 2006-2008

H.E. Sharon Saunders 2009-2014

H.E. David Prendergast 2015-Present


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History of the Jamaican High Commission in Trinidad and Tobago

(Above): THEN- A view of the Jamaican High Commission, 2 Newbold Street, St. Clair, Port of Spain - Circa 1963

(Above): NOW- A view of the Jamaican High Commission, 2 Newbold Street, St. Clair, Port of Spain - January 2018

(Above): High Commissioner Hector Wynter alongside members of staff of the Jamaican High Commission. Circa 1963

(Above): High Commissioner Ashton Wright (at centre) engages visitors during a trade exhibition of Jamaican products. Circa 1966

(Above) L-R: Governor General of Trinidad and Tobago H.E. Solomon Hochoy, H.E. Ivo DeSouzaJamaican High Commissioner, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago H.E. Eric Williams. Circa 1971

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L-R: Mrs. Joy Wheeler- Deputy High Commissioner, H.E. Howard Cooke- Governor General of Jamaica, and High Commissioner Cherrie Orr on the grounds of the High Commission. Circa 1997


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Bilateral Relations Jamaica-Trinidad and Tobago Annual Diplomatic Dinner 17th–18th November 2017 H.E. Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona, O.R.T.T., S.C. President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, and Her Excellency, Mrs. Reema Carmona, First Lady of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, hosted a series of events for Heads of Missions of the Diplomatic Corps, accredited to Trinidad and Tobago, during the period 17th-18th November 2017. The events included a tour of the historic Nelson Island, and the Annual Cocktail Reception and Diplomatic Dinner. Jamaican High Commissioner H.E. David Prendergast and wife Mrs. Angella Prendergast participated in the activities. 

L-R: H.E. David Prendergast, H.E. Anthony Aquinas Carmona, Mrs. Reema Carmona, Mrs. Angella Prendergast.

Heads of Missions of the Diplomatic Corps alongside the President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago- H.E. Anthony Aquinas Carmona, Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs- H.E. Dennis Moses and Acting Permanent Secretary, Ms. Rita Toussaint.

Spouses of Heads of Missions of the Diplomatic Corps alongside Mrs. Reema Carmona, wife of the President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.


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Bilateral Relations Jamaica-Trinidad and Tobago

(Above): Nelson Island. The Island was the first point of entry for East Indian Indentured Immigrants to Trinidad and Tobago in the 19th and early 20th Centuries.

Their Excellencies High Commissioner David Prendergast and President Anthony Carmona in conversation during an official tour of Nelson Island.

Nelson Island also housed imprisoned personalities such as Uriah "Buzz" Butler. Butler was incarcerated for treason and sedition. He is immortalized as the founder of the trade union movement in Trinidad and Tobago.


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Bilateral Relations Jamaica-Trinidad and Tobago – TRADE A NEW MARKET FOR JAMAICA’S BANANAS In keeping with the thrust of the Government of Jamaica to enter new markets, including that of CARICOM, 36,000 pounds of internationally certified bananas departed Jamaica for Trinidad and Tobago on 25th December 2017. The bananas were packaged and shipped by CARITA Jamaica Limited, on behalf of the Government of Jamaica. CARITA Jamaica Limited was also one of the participating manufacturers in the June 2017 JAMPRO Trade Mission to Trinidad and Tobago. The Christmas Day banana shipment was the first of weekly shipments to Trinidad and Tobago over the next six months. Following on the December shipment, the required volumes have increased from one to three containers a week. 

Photo Source: Jamaica Observer

DID YOU KNOW? Another fine Jamaican product- Tastee Cheese- is now available in Trinidad and Tobago. Find it in 250 and 500 grams packages at the Tru Valu Supermarkets in Diego Martin and Trincity. Tastee Cheese is distributed by Grace Foods. 


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Bilateral Relations Jamaica-Trinidad and Tobago – FILM On September 23, 2017, five new films from the Jamaica Film and Television Association (JAFTA) Propella premiered at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival (TTFF). While in Trinidad and Tobago, the five selected finalists, Kyle Chin, Angela Magnus, Sarah Manley, Danielle Russell and Nile Saulter- led by Film Commissioner Renee Robinson- took the opportunity to create business relationships through networking for the promotion and distribution of the films. The delegation was warmly received at a Jamaica-Trinidad and Tobago Filmmakers Networking event organized by the Jamaican High Commission. The JAFTA Propella short films were a culmination of six months of work by the Filmmakers and JAFTA, to finalize and prepare them for promotion on the international market. The Filmmakers also benefitted from capacity building workshops on script development, directing and producing, and the business of film. The Question & Answer segment following the premiere of the films may be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpC8opdVWj0 The JAFTA Propella Delegation heads to the 40th Annual Clermont-Ferrand Festival International Short Film Festival on 3rd February 2018. Following the premiere in Trinidad, the Filmmakers will also participate in the Clermont Ferrand International Short Film Festival in France in February 2018.

JAFTA PROPELLA 2017 Filmmakers (L-R): Nile Saulter, Angela Magnus, Danielle Russell, Sarah Manley, and Kyle Chin. © DoBusinessJamaica.com

(L-R): Jamaica Film Commissioner Renee Robinson and Jamaican High Commissioner H.E. David Prendergast in media interviews following the premiere of the JAFTA Propella 2017 short films at Movietowne, Port of Spain.


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Bilateral Relations Jamaica-Trinidad and Tobago – FILM

Patrons turn out for the premiere of the JAFTA Propella 2017 films.

A full house at the premiere of the JAFTA Propella 2017 films.

JAFTA PROPELLA 2017 Filmmakers address the audience at the Jamaica-Trinidad and Tobago Filmmakers Networking event on the grounds of the Jamaican High Commission.

Participants in the Jamaica-Trinidad and Tobago Filmmakers Networking event at the Jamaican High Commission.

Participants in the Jamaica-Trinidad and Tobago Filmmakers Networking event, on the grounds of the Jamaican High Commission.


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Bilateral Relations Jamaica - Trinidad and Tobago – CULTURE The annual Miss Divali Nagar Competition was held on 16th October 2017 at Divali Nagar, Chaguanas, Trinidad and Tobago. The pageant is organized by the National Council of Indian Culture, Trinidad and Tobago, and is open to participants from across the Indian Diaspora. Congratulations to the talented, graceful and confident Jeanique Baxter on representing Jamaica in the competition. Jeanique’s participation was made possible through the National Council for Indian Culture (NCIC) in Jamaica. 

(L-R): Jamaica's Miss Divali Nagar 2017 contestant Jeanique Baxter participates in the modeling, question and answer, and talent segments of the Miss Divali Nagar 2017 Competition.

(L-R): Miss Divali Nagar 2017 contestants display their traditional Indian saris on stage.

(L-R): Dr. Winston Tolan of the NCIC Jamaica, H.E. David Prendergast, Jeanique Baxter


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Bilateral Relations Jamaica - Trinidad and Tobago

Remembrance/Armistice Day Remembrance/Armistice Day is commemorated every year on 11th November, in memory of those who served during World Wars I and II. Jamaican High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago, H.E. David Prendergast, participated in the 2017 Remembrance Day wreath laying ceremony at Memorial Park in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. Remembrance Day is observed by countries across the British Commonwealth. ď‚–


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Regional Meetings and Activities CARICOM Climate Change Centre/EU International Conference on Climate Change Trinidad and Tobago, 9th -12th October 2017 The passage of Category 5 Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017 was a stark reminder of the vulnerabilities faced by Small Island Developing States across the Caribbean region. Given the high priority which Jamaica attaches to climate change, a delegation participated in the CARICOM Climate Change Centre/EU International Conference on Climate Change. The Conference was held in Port of Spain from 9th-12th October 2017 under the theme "Adaptation in Action". It presented a timely opportunity for the region to discuss strategies for increasing its resilience to Climate Change. ď‚–

Jamaican students from the University of the West Indies- St. Augustine, alongside First Secretary- Ms. Lasheree Senior (third left), Principal Director for Climate Change in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation- Ms. Una May Gordon (fourth left), Jamaican High Commissioner H.E. David Prendergast (centre) and Chief Technical Director- Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Colonel Oral Khan (far right). ď‚–


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Regional Meetings and Activities Animae Caribe Animation and Digital Media Festival University of Trinidad and Tobago 21st-25th November 2017 The Animae Caribe Animation and Digital Media Festival was held at the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) Academy for the Performing Arts (APA), during the period 21st-25th November 2017. Participants hailed from countries across the region, including Cuba, Curacao, Jamaica, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago. The Jamaican delegation was comprised of representatives from the University of The West Indies- Mona, the University of Technology Jamaica, the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, and the Jamaica Animation Nation Network. The Jamaican High Commission also participated in the Festival’s Business of Animation Panel Discussion, a networking meeting involving members of regional institutions and organizations. The meeting focused on integration in education and innovation, at the regional level, to enhance the digital divide in the Caribbean. The creative industries, of which film is a part, are an untapped economic potential, presently contributing to 5% of Jamaica's Gross Domestic Product (GDP). 

(L-R): Representatives of the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, the

University of The West Indies- Mona, and High Commissioner David Prendergast, address the audience during the Animae Caribe Animation Festival “Business of Animation” Panel Discussion. 


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Caribbean Premier League CPL T20 FINALS St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots vs Trinbago Knight Riders Trinidad and Tobago, 10th September 2017 The Caribbean Premier League CPL T20 cricket tournament has been described as cricket mixed with a colourful Caribbean carnival experience. The CPL draws the attention of millions of cricket fans across the globe and 2017 was no different! The Final CPL T20 match, held in Trinidad and Tobago, saw the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots battle the Trinbago Knight Riders. The Most Hon. P.J. Patterson, former Prime Minister of Jamaica and Chairman of the Caribbean Premier League Cricket Committee (at far left) and Jamaican High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago, H.E. David Prendergast (at far right), were at hand, alongside representatives of Caribbean Airlines, to witness the home team’s sizzling victory.

Photo Credit: Caribbean Airlines


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9th CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship Trinidad and Tobago 18th-28th January 2018 The 2018 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship was hosted by Trinidad and Tobago between 18th-28th January 2018. Women's under-20 national football teams from the North, Central American and Caribbean region, participated. On 23rd January 2018, the Jamaican team played against Nicaragua, vying for a place in the top 3, to qualify for the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in France. The game, which was held at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, resulted in a draw. The teams from Haiti, Mexico, and the United States of America, will now move on to the World Cup Game which will be held from 5th-24th August 2018.

Jamaica’s U-20 Women National Football Team

Photo Credit: CONCACAF


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Consular Corner: Our Honorary Consuls Our Honorary Consuls play an important role in furthering the commercial and economic relations between Jamaica and the countries in which they reside. Our Honorary Consuls represent Jamaica on a voluntary basis. The posts of Honorary Consular are governed by Chapter II of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations and Optional Protocols (24 April 1963). Responsibilities of an Honorary Consul Promoting the Interests of Jamaica Protecting the Welfare of Jamaican Nationals Issuing Travel Documents and Visas Assisting Visiting Jamaican Dignitaries and Officials Below are the Jamaican Honorary Consuls in the countries over which the High Commission has jurisdiction. ď‚–

BARBADOS

CURACAO

GRENADA

GUYANA

Mrs. Ella Hoyas

Mr. Rafaelito Hato

Mr. Samuel Byam

Mr. Eton Chester

ST. KITTS & NEVIS

ST. LUCIA

Mr. Arthur Sharpe

Mr. Tyrone Chong

ST. VINCENT & THE GRENADINES Mrs. Morine Williams

Please see the following page for the contact details of our Honorary Consuls. ď‚–


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ST. VINCENT & THE GRENADINES Mrs. Morine Williams Honorary Consul P.O. Box 1525 7 Micoud Street Tel: 1- 784-457-4728 Email: morinewilliams@gmail.com morine_4@hotmail.com

CURACAO Mr. Rafaelito Hato Honorary Consul Jamaican Consulate Habaaiweg No. 68 Willemstaad Curacao Tel: 011- 5999-462-6561 Email: hatortiz826@gmail.com


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Consular Corner Post-Disaster Assistance Following the September 2017 devastation caused across the Caribbean region by Category 5 Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the Government of Jamaica dispatched personnel to a number of affected areas, with a view to safeguarding the welfare of nationals. The effort was spearheaded by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security and the Ministries of Local Government and Community Development and Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade. Representatives from the Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency, the Registrar General’s Department, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade attended to pressing needs such as verification of identity, lost passports and the issuance of emergency travel certificates. Meanwhile, Staff of the Jamaican High Commission, Port of Spain sought to make telephone contact with Jamaican Associations and members of the Jamaican community in the affected territories under its jurisdiction. These included Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, the British Virgin Islands, Montserrat, and Sint Maarten. Counsellor in the Jamaican High Commission, Ms. Delita McCallum, carried out consular visits with the Jamaican community, particularly in Antigua and Barbuda. While there, Ms. McCallum met with Shelter Managers and Jamaican nationals housed at the National Technical Training Centre and the Multipurpose Cultural and Exhibition Center in Perry Bay. Additionally, the Government of Jamaica arranged for aircraft evacuations of stranded nationals and the donation of funds and much needed relief supplies. The Jamaican private sector also contributed donations in kind. A Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Disaster Assistance and Response Team (DART) of 120 officers was deployed from 26th September- 4th December 2017 to assist with security, rebuilding, relief and recovery operations in Dominica.

(Above): During a post-hurricane consular visit to Antigua and Barbuda, Counsellor- Ms. Delita McCallum- engages in discussions with affected nationals, shelter managers, and officers from the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and the National Disaster Management Services.


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Consular Corner Post-Disaster Assistance

(Above): Jamaican nationals from the British Virgin Islands are met by the Hon. Shahine Robinson, MP, Minister of Labour and Social Security, upon arrival to the Norman Manley International Airport, following an evacuation exercise by the Government of Jamaica.

(Above): Members of the Jamaica Defence Force (Above): Members of the Jamaica Defence Disaster Assistance and Response Team travel to Force install a much needed bridge in CARICOM sister-nation Dominica, to assist with hurricane-torn Dominica. rebuilding efforts.

H.E. David Prendergast, Jamaican High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago, joins Dr. the Honourable Keith Rowley, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, in a candle lighting ceremony on Sunday, 8th October 2017. The service was held at the Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity, Port of Spain, in memory of the victims of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.


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International Spotlight on Jamaica SEPT-DEC 2017 According to KAYAK, one of the world’s leading travel search engines and online booking sites, Jamaica topped the travel list for Canadians over the 2017 Christmas holiday season, over all other destinations. Source: Do Business Jamaica, JAMPRO

BEST CARIBBEAN COUNTRY FOR DOING BUSINESS In December 2017 Jamaica was ranked by Forbes Magazine as the best country among the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), for doing business. Jamaica placed 72 out of 153 countries.

JAMAICA HOSTS PRESTIGIOUS WORLD TOURISM ORGANIZATION (WTO) GLOBAL CONFERENCE

Jamaica created history by hosting the prestigious World Tourism Organization Global Conference on "Jobs & Inclusive Growth: Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism" in Montego Bay from 27th-29th November 2017. The Conference aimed at setting a new collaborative framework for tourism, moving towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Above (third left), the Hon. Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism is surrounded by delegates to the Conference.

MISS UNIVERSE 2017

Congratulations to Jamaica’s Davina Bennett, 2nd runner up in the 2017 Miss Universe Competition. Davina was a crowd favourite, with her endearing style, grace and natural beauty.


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Community Corner THE “JAMDOWN SISTRENS” Following a two-year hiatus, “Jamdown Sistrens”, the Jamaican women's group in Trinidad and Tobago, organized a family lime on Saturday, 2nd September 2017. Jamaican ladies, thirty years and over are invited to join the Jamdown Sistrens as they meet each quarter. The group’s emphasis is on relaxation, inspiration and enjoyment. For further details, please contact Mrs. Sharon Peart-Rose at email: sharon_peart@hotmail.com 

Members of the Jamdown Sistrens during their September 2017 family lime.

FAREWELL ANYA!

Ms. Anya Schnoor Photo Source: Jamaica Observer Ltd.

Congratulations to Jamaican Banker Ms. Anya Schnoor on her appointment to the post of Executive Vice-President, Retail Payments, Deposits and Unsecured Lending, for the Bank of Nova Scotia, Canada. Ms. Schnoor was the former Managing Director of Scotiabank Trinidad and Tobago Limited, and Senior Vice President and Head of the Caribbean South and East during the period 2012-2017. Prior to that she served as Vice President, Investments and Wealth, International Banking at Scotiabank Jamaica. While in Trinidad and Tobago, Ms. Schnoor was President of the Bankers Association of Trinidad and Tobago, and an active member of the Jamaican community. Ms. Schnoor’s appointment to Scotiabank Canada took effect on 1st November 2017. The Jamaican High Commission wishes her all the best in her new position. 


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Community Corner Jamaica at the International Food Festival International School of Port of Spain 10th November 2017 Jamaica was once again on display at the annual International Food Festival of the International School of Port of Spain (ISPS) on 10th November 2017. The traditionally strong showcase of Jamaican cuisine did not disappoint, as the delicious food variations were much to the delight of patrons. Many vowed to arrive earlier next time, as the scrumptious fare quickly sold out. ď‚–

Jamaican parents and students of the International School of Port of Spain, proudly represent Jamaica at the International Food Festival. Photo Credit: RAPSO

Jamaican products on display at the International Food Festival, International School of Port of Spain. Photo Credit: RAPSO Photo Credit: RAPSO


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Community Corner Global Treats Potluck: Green Market, Santa Cruz 25th November 2017

Members of the Diplomatic community at the Global Treats Potluck, Green Market Santa Cruz.

On 25th November 2017, Jamaican High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago, H.E. David Prendergast, participated alongside other members of the Diplomatic community in the Green Market Santa Cruz Global Treats Potluck. Patrons delighted in Jamaican Jerk Chicken alongside cuisine from The Bahamas, Canada, Costa Rica and France. The Global Treats Potluck was in celebration of the Santa Cruz Green Market's 5th Anniversary. With a strong private sector/community-based entrepreneurship, the Green Market aims to generate income and revenue for its beneficiary farmers while promoting healthier and more sustainable local consumption. It has been hailed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as an example of a promising sustainable initiative for the future of farming. ď‚–


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Diaspora Engagement Jamaican Christmas Cuisine Goes Onboard Caribbean Airlines, December 2017 12th November 2017

If you traveled on Caribbean Airlines during December 2017, then no doubt you may have seen some familiar faces in a feature on JAMAICAN CHRISTMAS CUISINE! The special feature was made possible through the Jamaican High Commission’s collaboration with the JCD & Associates Limited production team for the Caribbean Airlines in-flight video (Caribbean Essence) and representatives from the Jamaican Diaspora in Trinidad and Tobago. The High Commission wishes to thank the members of the Jamaican community who so willingly shared their time, talent and culinary skills. The success of this feature would not have been possible without their involvement. The onboard feature formed part of the High Commission’s efforts in promoting Jamaica across the Caribbean region. A huge bonus was having the video aired over 5000 times onboard all Caribbean Airlines flights, during the month of December. The feature is available for online viewing on the High Commission’s Facebook page. Click on the link!  Christmas Jamaican Style.

Diaspora representatives share about Jamaican Christmas Cuisine.

Behind the scenes during filming of the JAMAICAN CHRISTMAS CUISINE feature for Caribbean Airlines.


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Diaspora Engagement High Commissioner Visits With Jamaican Students

On 1st December 2017 Jamaican High Commissioner H.E. David Prendergast visited with Jamaican students (above) at the University of the Southern Caribbean, Maracas Valley. Also present was First Secretary, Ms. Lasheree Senior (centre). The students are pursuing undergraduate degrees in Nursing, Biology, Psychology, Business Management, Music, English, and Theology. The University of the Southern Caribbean prides itself on offering an education that prepares students for service to God and humanity. 

At the start of 2018, H.E. David Prendergast, Jamaican High Commissioner, met with representatives of the Jamaican Students’ Association of Trinidad and Tobago (JASATT). First Secretary, Ms. Lasheree Senior (centre), was also present. The students are pursuing degrees in Agricultural Science, Engineering, Geomatics, and Veterinary Medicine. JASATT will be staging its annual Jamaica Week on the grounds of the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine in March 2018. 


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Staff Corner

(Above): H.E. David Prendergast, Jamaican High Commissioner and Staff ended 2017 with a cultural tour of the Ortinola Great House and Cocoa Estate. The Great House was built during 1870-1890 and the estate supplied cocoa beans to Cadbury Brothers of Birmingham, England. Cadbury’s manager, Mr. J.P. Bain, also lived in the Great House with his family.

Staff of the Jamaican High Commission uncover the cocoa drying house at the Ortinola Cocoa Estate.

Counsellor- Ms. Delita McCallum, about to harvest a cocoa bean pod.


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Staff Corner

Staff of the High Commission examine a cocoa bean pod.

Staff prepare to sample cocoa bean pulp at the Ortinola Cocoa Estate.

Mrs. Heather Lynch cracks open a cocoa bean pod

High Commissioner David Prendergast performs the traditional cocoa dance.

AU REVOIR!

BIENVENUE!

The High Commission bade adieu to First Secretary Mrs. Nicole Johnson whose diplomatic tour of duty ended in Trinidad and Tobago in October 2017. Mrs. Johnson is now assigned to the Consulate General for Jamaica, Toronto. ď‚–

In October 2017 the High Commission welcomed new First Secretary, Ms. Lasheree Senior. Ms. Senior comes to us from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Jamaica. The High Commission also welcomed on board in 2017, Mrs. Moya Lee Pow, new Front Desk Receptionist. ď‚–

Mrs. Nicole Johnson

Ms. Lasheree Senior

Mrs. Moya Lee Pow


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Rafting on the Rio Grande, Portland - Photo Credit: P. Maguet Photography

High Commission for Jamaica 2 Newbold Street St. Clair Port of Spain Trinidad and Tobago

Phone: (868) 622-4995-7 Fax: (868) 622-9043 E-mail: jamaica@jhcpos.org

Consular Hours Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Friday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Publication of the High Commission for Jamaica, Port of Spain - February 2018  
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