KINGSTON, JAMAICA – Kamina Johnson Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Jamaica, is currently on an official tour of African countries and held a meeting with President Masisi of Botswana on Tuesday, May 10, 2022.
As part of her visit, she met with Dr Lemogang Kwape, the Foreign Minister of Botswana. Their meeting took place at the Cape Town Conference Centre.
In expressing her pleasure, she noted, “It was an honour to meet with President of the Republic of Botswana H.E. Masisi and his Foreign Minister H.E. Dr Lemogang Kwape at the Cape Town Conference Center.”
During Smith’s presentation, he noted that Bostwana and Jamaica had cordial relations and shared various concerns, mainly multilateral arena.
“We agreed that Botswana and Jamaica have fraternal and friendly relations with a shared outlook on many issues and cooperation, mostly in the multilateral arena,” underlined Kamina Smith.
Additionally, she shared her vision for the Commonwealth and her bid for the position of Secretary-General.
In describing the significant decision taken on a range of issues, Smith emphasized that they include development finance, environmental protection, resilience and lessons learnt by small countries such as ours during the pandemic and from the war in Ukraine.
She said, “In that context, I shared my vision for the Commonwealth and my bid for the role of #SG. We had a robust discussion on a range of issues including development finance, environmental protection, resilience and lessons learnt by small countries such as ours, from the pandemic and the war in Ukraine.”
She stated that she had provided her profile and statement of candidacy to the President and Foreign Minister for reference and further engagement.
She also met with Minister Lemogang Kwape.
Outlining the significance of the diplomatic ties and talks, Smith stated, “Formal meetings are important, but relaxed engagement is also important for diplomacy. After a productive formal meeting, it was good to speak with Minister Lemogang Kwapeon matters including my meetings across #Africa on my bid for the role of #Commonwealth #SG #KJSforCSG.”
Meanwhile, Kamina Johnson Smith landed in the Kingdom of Lesotho on Sunday, May 8, 2022.
The Kingdom of Lesotho is one of the African countries where she met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Relations Matsépo-Molise Ramakoae. Both counterparts meet in Maseru, the capital of the country.
Various topics of bilateral and multilateral exchanges and areas of concern were discussed. Among the issues they have raised are those related to culture, education, and youth.
The meeting focused primarily on the development strategies and agendas in the education, cultural and youth sectors.
She said, “We had good discussions on strengthening bilateral engagements through cooperation in culture as well as education and youth in respect of which of our countries already have a framework agreement.”
She shared a beautiful mountain view from Maseru in the Kingdom of Lesotho via Twitter.