Foreign Affairs Ministry Celebrates 55th Anniversary with Commemorative Publications

Photo: Donald De La Haye Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Honourable Kamina Johnson Smith (left), presents two publications commemorating the 55th anniversary of the Ministry’s establishment to Chief Executive Office of the Jamaica Information Service, Donna-Marie Rowe, during a ceremony at the Ministry’s Dominica Drive offices in New Kingston on Monday, September 4.. The ceremony was held to launch the publications and open a commemorative exhibition. In the background is Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Ambassador Marcia Gilbert-Roberts.

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  • The publications, which were printed by the Ministry in collaboration with the JN Group, were presented to representatives of the entities by Portfolio Minister, Senator the Honorable Kamina Johnson Smith.
  • According to the Minister, the policy statement to the United Nations, usually delivered by the Prime Minister or the Foreign Affairs Minister, is an important medium for communicating the Administration’s foreign policy priorities to the world.

Two publications commemorating the 55th anniversary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade’s establishment have been presented to several State institutions.

The beneficiary recipients include the Office of the Cabinet, Houses of Parliament, Jamaica Information Service, Creative Production and Training Centre, Institute of Jamaica, National Library of Jamaica, the National Archives, and Jamaica National (JN) Group.

The publications, which were printed by the Ministry in collaboration with the JN Group, were presented to representatives of the entities by Portfolio Minister, Senator the Honorable Kamina Johnson Smith.

The presentations were made during a ceremony to launch the publications and open a 55th-anniversary commemorative exhibition at the Ministry in New Kingston on Monday, September 4.

Senator Johnson Smith, in a brief address, said the publications were prepared “to capture, for posterity, valuable and pertinent historical information about the Foreign Affairs Ministry”.

She said the first publication, titled ‘The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Jamaica: A Historical Perspective 1962-2017’, collates information on the Ministry’s origins and development.

In this regard, she lauded former Ministry employee, Ambassador Cordell Evans (previously Wilson), for initiating research undertaken several years ago to collate the information

Senator Johnson Smith said the second publication, ‘Policy Statements of Jamaica at the United Nations 1997-2016’, is the third in a series of compendia of policy statements made by Jamaica in the annual debate of the United Nations General Assembly. She stated that the preceding years’ statements were recorded in two previous compendia.

According to the Minister, the policy statement to the United Nations, usually delivered by the Prime Minister or the Foreign Affairs Minister, is an important medium for communicating the Administration’s foreign policy priorities to the world.

“These will, therefore, be invaluable sources of information for all students and analysts of foreign policy as well as for the general public,” Senator Johnson Smith added.

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