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Ramocan wants to change image of Jamaican Diaspora communities

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Monday, 05 December 2016

Ramocan wants to change image of Jamaican Diaspora communities

Jamaica’s newly appointed High Commissioner to the United Kingdom George Ramocan is expected to leave for London mid-month to take up his new assignment. This follows an announcement on November 16 by Jamaica’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, which was really a mere formality as it was obvious to some that he would have been assigned to London from immediately after the new Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Administration took office in March. So, why did he have to wait another eight months before he was officially announced as the new high commissioner to London? Ramocan blames the delay on procedural matters. “The Government determines who it wants to become high commissioner, but the host country has to sign off on the appointment. That is where the long wait was,” he told the Jamaica Observer on Thursday. “The Government had been waiting on the host country to respond, but that would have to be after their due diligence had been done. The UK’s foreign ministry may have been consumed by Brexit and other foreign affairs issues, or this may have been low on their list of priorities,” he suggested. “We don’t really know what was the reason, but in the past it had taken a more reasonable amount of time between the submission from the sending country and the response from the host country. This time it was unduly long,” he admitted. Ramocan stated that there was also another issue, in that his predecessor, Aloun Ndombet-Assamba, departed from as early as April — prior to a decision by Jamaica House — which made the absence of a high commissioner much more conspicuous than in the past. Source: jamaicaobserver