Kamina Smith meets Tonga’s Trade Minister Distaquaine Tu’ihalamaka amid MC12

On Thursday, June 16, 2022, Kamina Johnson Smith was delighted to have discussions with Distaquaine Tu'ihalamaka, Chief Executive Officer, Ministry of Trade and Economic Development of the Kingdom of Tonga. 

Kamina Smith meets Tonga's Trade Minister Distaquaine Tu'ihalamaka amid MC12
Kamina Smith meets Tonga's Trade Minister Distaquaine Tu'ihalamaka amid MC12

Jamaica: Kamina Johnson Smith- Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Jamaica who is attending the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference currently taking place in Geneva, Switzerland met Distaquaine Tu’ihalamaka, Chief Executive Officer of Tonga. 

On Thursday, June 16, 2022, Kamina Johnson Smith was delighted to have discussions with Distaquaine Tu’ihalamaka, Chief Executive Officer, Ministry of Trade and Economic Development of the Kingdom of Tonga. 

In the MC12, Kamina Smith held numerous diplomatic talks and conducted a political meeting at the conference. She also met with the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation and used the opportunity to promote herself for the candidature of the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth

She noted, “Within the margins of the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference currently taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, I was delighted to have discussions with Distaquaine Tu’ihalamaka, Chief Executive Officer, Ministry of Trade and Economic Development of the Kingdom of Tonga.”

She used the opportunity to outline areas of concern for SIDS to which Kamina will accord a high level of priority should she be chosen to serve as the Secretary General of the Commonwealth. Among these issues are ocean governance, access to financing for development, climate resilience and disaster response.

Earlier, Yesterday (14th June), she was honoured to meet with my Samoan colleague, Leatinu’u F.W. Soocialo Leatinu’u Wayne So’oialo During the meeting, they exchanged views on critical matters affecting small states. 

Kamina Johnson Smith recalled that only recently, in April, both countries established diplomatic relations but noted that Jamaica and Samoa had had longstanding cooperation within the context of AOSIS and the OASCP. 

“I am deeply appreciative of the support of Samoa in my coordination of the Group in the current negotiations within the WTO, and previously in securing a mandate for negotiations on a post-Cotonou Agreement with the EU in 2018. We took the time to discuss opinions on the Commonwealth as well as my vision and passion for its improved delivery for members. “underlined Johnson Smith.