Minister with responsibility for Information, Robert Morgan, has defended the 18-million dollar price tag associated with Jamaica’s failed bid to become Commonwealth Secretary General.

The Minister says the figure is not more than traditionally spent on campaigns of this nature.

Senator Kamina Johnson Smith was defeated by 3 votes in June for the Commonwealth’s top job.

Minister Morgan says the 18-million spent on the campaign was less than the amount spent on similar campaigns globally.

The government spent a further 25-point-6 million dollars on the delegation that attended the Commonwealth Heads of Government summit in Kigali, Rwanda.

This cost was divided between the Office of the Prime Minister, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Tourism.

The government says it was not a party to the engagement of FINN Partners, the international firm that provided public and media relations and thought leadership services.

The OPM says that engagement was undertaken by corporate Jamaica.

Minister Morgan declined to name the corporate companies that engaged FINN Partners.

Robert Morgan, Minister without portfolio with responsibility for Information.