A former Minister and Attorney-at-Law has been appointed Jamaica’s New High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago.
Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Kamina Johnson Smith announced the appointment of Arthur Williams today (March 11).
Mr. Williams who recently concluded his assignment as Jamaica’s Representative to the Inter-American Development Bank, will succeed David Prendergast whose tour of duty ended in January.
Mr. Williams is expected to assume his duties in April.
In congratulating Mr. Williams on his new appointment, Minister Johnson Smith welcomed him, as the newest member of the Jamaican Foreign Service.
She said over the years, Mr. Williams has demonstrated true commitment to the service of his country and has made a sterling contribution to the public service.
The Foreign Affairs Minister also expressed confidence that with his versatility of experience and leadership, Jamaica can look forward to further strengthening the bonds of friendship and cooperation between Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.
Mr. Williams has over 35 years of professional experience and a political career which spans over a decade.
In 2011, he was appointed to Cabinet as Minister without Portfolio with responsibility for the Public Service and Information in the Office of the Prime Minister.
He was also State Minister in the Ministry of National Security in 2007 and the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service in 2009.
Prior to his tenure at the OPM, he served in the capacity of Government and Opposition Senator from 2007-2011 and 2002-2007 respectively.
As Opposition Senator, he led the Opposition Business in the Upper House.