Jamaica’s Honorary Consul to Antigua and Barbuda, Onika Campbell, has been cleared to begin performing duties on behalf of Jamaican nationals residing in Antigua and Barbuda.
Last Friday, Campbell, and a Jamaican delegation, met with Foreign Affairs Minister, E. P. Chet Greene, who presented her with an exequatur.
An exequatur is an official recognition by a government of a consul, or other representative of a foreign state, authorising them to exercise office.
During the ceremony, Minister Greene discussed the commonalities among Caribbean people and expressed his continued desire for increased engagement between Antigua and Barbuda and Jamaica. He further expressed his intention to foster deeper bilateral relations and to strengthen interconnectivity between Caribbean nations.
Campbell expressed her desire to work along with the Government of Antigua and Barbuda and indicated her readiness to engage in development and cultural activities to the benefit of Antiguans and Barbudans and Jamaicans.
“The relationship between Antigua and Barbuda and Jamaica is strong and long lasting. The interests of both countries converge and correspond in many areas. These include trade, law enforcement, support for human rights globally, education, culture strengthening civil society, countering and mitigating the effects of global warming, and many other issues.
“Being CARICOM member states, this means that our two countries work together very closely on many of the most important and pressing issues of our time. Jamaica is a steadfast partner to Antigua and Barbuda,” she declared.
Campbell noted that the Consulate of Jamaica will seek to refresh strong regional ties within Antigua and Barbuda.
“We will seek to work with the government and its affiliate agencies and a very diverse mix of stakeholders. In addition to a vast array of NGOs, businesses, cultural institutions to ensure a continuous and harmonious relationship between both countries.
“We believe close relations are based on openness and the expression of honest opinions and will seek to ensure that our nationals who have made Antigua & Barbuda their home understand and appreciate the privilege and courtesies that are extended and stay within such boundaries,” Campbell declared.