Opposition leader Andrew Holness says Jamaica needs to start thinking about its Diaspora as its Commonwealth.

He made the comments while speaking to Jamaicans in Birmingham in the UK last night.

The Opposition Leader was quizzed on a range of issues, including crime and poverty, the wage freeze and free education.

Mr. Holness says Jamaica’s Diaspora should be incorporated into the island’s economy in order to harness their 54 billion US dollars in savings.

He noted that the idea of Diaspora bonds has been floating around for some time.

He says he wants to establish a Sovereign Fund for Jamaica and also a Diaspora constituency.

He told attendees that if they are going to make financial contributions to Jamaica, they should have a say in the administration of Jamaica.

According to the UK Voice newspaper, more than 7-hundred people packed the conference room at Birminghman’s Centennial Centre.

They were attending the first of two debates on, “The Jamaican Economy: A Vision for Transformation.”

A second forum will be held in London tonight.

Mr. Holness was the guest speaker at the event, which is organized by the Jamaica National Building Society.