One of the oldest and most enduring cultures in the world was introduced to Jamaica when Indians came to work as indentured labourers. The first ship, SS Blundell, carrying 261 Indians arrived at Old Harbour Bay on May 10, 1845, and from 1930 onwards, Indian merchants and professionals have made Jamaica their home. 176 years later, their descendants continue to positively impact Jamaica’s culture and heritage, with their most distinctive retentions visible in our food, clothing and music.
It is very important that we continue to celebrate our cultural diversity in Jamaica and acknowledge our collective contribution to the social and economic development of the country. True to our nation’s motto, “Out of Many one People”, Jamaica continues to be a prime example of how different ethnicities can assimilate well and form one country.
At KPMG in Jamaica, we celebrate diversity and inclusiveness by engaging with professionals across the world, including India. We have a cadre of exceptional Indian professionals as a part of our local practice. We also work closely with KPMG in India to draw on their expertise and offer ours as the need arises.
We salute the Government and people of India, the Indians in our firm, and generations of Indians who have contributed to making Jamaica the cultural mecca that it is, on the 176th commemoration of Indian Arrival Day.