Belize is the latest country to support Jamaica’s candidate, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, to become the next Commonwealth Secretary General.

The Belizean Prime Minister, John Briceno, in announcing his country’s endorsement of Mrs. Johnson Smith, says she’s well qualified for the post.

Belize is now the second CARICOM member State to publicly endorse Senator Johnson Smith.

It follows this week’s endorsement by Trinidad and Tobago.

The Belizean endorsement is being seen as a significant boost, as Belize currently holds the chairmanship of the regional community.

CARICOM had told member States to vote for their candidate of choice, after failing to reach a consensus on a preferred candidate.

Prime Minister Briceno says CARICOM Heads had attempted to meet with both candidates without success.

Johnson Smith will challenge the Dominican born British peer Patricia Scotland for the post in the Rwandan capital Kigali next month.

The Belizean Prime Minister says Johnson Smith will unite the Commonwealth.

Belize joins Trinidad, the United Kingdom, Singapore, the Maldives and India in publicly backing Senator Johnson Smith for the Commonwealth top job.