(Jamaica Observer) Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Kamina Johnson Smith formally launched Jamaica’s candidature for secretary-general of the Commonwealth in London, United Kingdom, on Thursday.
With increasing whispers in diplomatic circles that Jamaica has already been endorsed by several of the 54 countries in Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Pacific, which make up the Commonwealth, Johnson Smith selected the home of the Secretariat to launch her campaign.
“I welcome this opportunity to launch and to lobby for our candidature in London as it is the seat of the Commonwealth. I have been provided with the opportunity to engage with members of the board of governors, to listen to their views and interests and to solicit support from stakeholders.
“It has been a true privilege to share my vision and my pledge, if appointed, to lead the secretariat in re-energising the delivery of meaningful support to all our Commonwealth member states. I was pleased to share my profile and candidature statement with the membership in bilateral meetings in the days prior, and will continue to do so,” said Johnson Smith.