Ghana honors Kamina Johnson-Smith as Queen of Foreign Affairs of Jamaica as Tourism and Diaspora Queen

Jamaican Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Kamina Johnson Smith was recently honored as Queen of Tourism and Diaspora in Ghana. This title was bestowed on her during her visit to Ghana as part of her campaign in Africa to become Secretary General of the Commonwealth.

The naming certificate was presented to Minister Johnson Smith at the palace of Oseadeyo Kwasi Akuffo III, the traditional ruler of Ghana and Akropong chief. During the visit, Johnson Smith met with Ghana’s Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Kwaku Ampratum-Sarpong, and expressed her desire to strengthen ties between Jamaica and Ghana for business, tourism and cultural exchange.

Johnson Smith also visited several government officials in the eight member states of the African Commonwealth, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda, to build support and share her vision for the Commonwealth. These African states are former territories of the British Empire, which are part of the Commonwealth political association.

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In a Foreign Office official statement, Johnson Smith expressed her vision for inclusiveness, good governance and technical cooperation among the 54 members of the Commonwealth:In an increasingly complex global environment, the Commonwealth must be forward-thinking and sensitive, always recognizing the diversity of our membership, including nations at different stages of development. African nations are central to determining the future of our Commonwealth and securing its shared values ​​for the future.she said.

Minister Johnson Smith in April publicly announced Jamaica’s candidacy for the Commonwealth Secretary General. If successful, the Minister would replace Dame Patricia Scotland as Secretary General of the Commonwealth. The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was divided in its support for the two candidates. The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting is to be held in Kigali, Rwanda, from 20 to 25 June 2022, at which a decision will be made on the appointment of the Secretary General.

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