Foreign Affairs Minister Kamina Johnson-Smith has announced the appointment of three new ambassadors to take up positions across the globe in the new year.


In a statement over the weekend Minister Johnson Smith, designated Sharon Saunders, Jamaica’s Ambassador to Mexico.

Ms. Saunders a career diplomat, has been a member of the Jamaican Foreign Service for over thirty-eight years.

She was presently the Under-Secretary with responsibility for the Diaspora, Protocol and Consular Affairs Division in the Ministry. 

Ambassador Saunders is expected to assume her duties in Mexico City this month.

And, Jason Hall has been appointed High Commissioner to India.


He recently completed his tour of duty as Jamaican Ambassador to Mexico. 


Prior to that assignment, he served in both the public and private sectors for over 26 years.
He’s also expected to assume duties in New Delhi in this month.


Meanwhile, Symone Betton-Nayo has been designated as Jamaica’s Ambassador to Belgium.


Mrs. Betton-Nayo is a career diplomat with over twenty-five years of service. 


She is currently the Director of the Trade Agreement Implementation and Coordination Unit in the Foreign Trade Division.


She has served as Minister-Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of Jamaica to the United Nations and its Specialised Agencies in Geneva, and the Embassy of Jamaica and Mission to the EU in Brussels, respectively.


The Ambassador-designate is expected to assume duties in Brussels on February one, and will serve concurrently as Head of Mission to the European Union and non-resident Ambassador to several other countries in Western Europe.