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Johnson Smith said : “I reached out immediately to partner countries who were evacuating their citizens, explored regional partnerships with countries who also have students and teachers there, as well as a sole Government of Jamaica approach by charter of sufficient capacity to cover the distance. Regrettably, none of those options proved workable. We note that many foreign nationals remain in Wuhan as several countries who evacuated citizens focused primarily on government employees, and were also ultimately limited by capacity and other considerations,” External link

stabroeknews Saturday, February 8, 2020 3:38:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “I reached out immediately to partner countries who were evacuating their citizens, explored regional partnerships with countries who also have students and teachers there, as well as a sole Government of Jamaica approach by charter of sufficient capacity to cover the distance. Regrettably, none of those options proved workable. We note that many foreign nationals remain in Wuhan as several countries who evacuated citizens focused primarily on government employees, and were also ultimately limited by capacity and other considerations,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, February 8, 2020 11:41:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “We have also been impacted by horrendous examples of domestic violence and intimate partner violence,” External link

caribbean360 Tuesday, February 4, 2020 1:40:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith added : “So they have their certain assurances and arrangements that they have had to put in place in order to get approval for removal of their citizens. I don't say these things to make you get even more scared or more concerned, I'm just trying to share some information to help you understand the context within which those arrangements were made,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, February 1, 2020 9:40:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “She had booked her flight but was unable to leave when the travel restrictions were enforced by the government of China, and needed money to pay rent for an apartment and the team fundraised and assisted her,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 1, 2020 8:48:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith noted : “The government policy of increasing the threshold has the positive effect of aiding and stimulating the micro and small business sectors of the economy, and in that regard, cost savings should occur to the sector as companies operating at the lower end of the revenue threshold will not be obliged to undertake all that is entailed with registration and filing of GCT returns,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, January 30, 2020 9:50:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said ( about Province ) : “Since my last communication to the media, our Embassy in Beijing has strengthened its outreach to Jamaicans in the Wuhan area of Hubei Province. The number of persons with whom we are in contact via WhatsApp chat group has now increased to 29, as we have added persons there who had not previously registered with the embassy,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, January 30, 2020 2:07:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith noted : “The government policy of increasing the threshold has the positive effect of aiding and stimulating the micro and small business sectors of the economy, and in that regard, cost savings should occur to the sector as companies operating at the lower end of the revenue threshold will not be obliged to undertake all that is entailed with registration and filing of GCT returns,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, January 29, 2020 6:42:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith explained : “The increase in the GCT threshold anticipates the deregistration of persons whose gross total supplies are less than the threshold of $10 million, and these persons would no longer be required to file a monthly GCT return as they would not be considered registered taxpayers based on the GCT threshold status,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 29, 2020 9:16:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “We are saddened by the passing of Ambassador Durrant and we honour the outstanding contribution made by her, not only to the Jamaican Foreign Service but also to the international community. We extend our deepest condolences to the friends and family of Ambassador Durrant,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, December 5, 2019 1:05:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “We are saddened by the passing of Ambassador Durrant and we honour the outstanding contribution made by her, not only to the Jamaican Foreign Service, but also to the international community,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, December 4, 2019 9:36:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith responded : “I know that the Jamaican people watch me stand up to a bully every Friday. So I know they have absolutely no concern,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, November 30, 2019 11:41:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “We will use the visit to engage targeted stakeholders on prospective partnerships that can support [the] quest to build the new Jamaica that our people want,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, October 26, 2019 8:52:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “We are, however, all confronted with the reality that countries like ours need to mobilise an enormous pool of capital to implement the SDGs,” External link

jis Saturday, October 26, 2019 2:17:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “It also creates a timely opportunity for critical discussions on how to achieve economic growth through trade, as well as the approaches countries can adopt to ensure all stakeholders can benefit,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, October 9, 2019 9:07:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “Compare this to the 15.1 [per 100,000] for the region or the global average of 6.1 per 100,000. These are not normal numbers for such a small community, for such a small population,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, October 5, 2019 9:24:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “I know some people are quick to say, ‘only 12 guns?’, but what I want you to think about is ‘how many murders, one gun’, ‘how many lives, one gun’,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, October 5, 2019 9:24:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : "Public voice overtakes the parliamentary debate," External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, October 3, 2019 9:29:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith stated ( about Pauline Irene Nguene ) : “Raising the bar towards the implementation of the SDGs and the commitments of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change has taken on a level of urgency for small island developing states, many of which are ACP members,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, September 27, 2019 9:59:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “This has been a har- rowing and very trauma- tizing experience for our children,” “However, the directors of the homes have all been in constant contact with me, reassur- ing me that our children are being well taken care of. That has been a relief for our entire team and has made it a little easier to focus on the rebuild efforts” External link

jonesbahamas Tuesday, September 24, 2019 6:40:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “At this time, we sim- ply have nowhere to house anyone or take anyone in, which is why this restoration effort is so important,” “We understand that now, more than ever, our services will be in great demand and we are work- ing along with the Department of Social Services to assist where we can until we are able to reopen our doors as a place of safety and pro- tection for our children” External link

jonesbahamas Tuesday, September 24, 2019 6:40:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “We started work on this during the first UAE Caribbean Forum last year,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, September 24, 2019 12:07:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “Fourteen days is quite simply not enough time to take a hold of the criminality that has become entrenched in certain areas,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, September 20, 2019 9:12:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “Further details of detentions, etc, undoubtedly, will be shared in the dialogue that has been agreed to,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, September 20, 2019 9:12:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “With her help we can report that some of the persons about whom families and friends are concerned have been located and efforts to locate others are continuing,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, September 14, 2019 12:19:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “Efforts to locate others are ongoing. Our honorary consul in Nassau, Terrel Butler, has been working night and day, closely monitoring and helping to identify those whose families or friends have contacted us,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, September 14, 2019 9:45:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith announced ( about Honorary Consul ) : “Efforts to locate others are ongoing. Our Honorary Consul in Nassau Terrel Butler has been working night and day closely monitoring and helping to identify those whose families/friends who have contacted us” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, September 13, 2019 11:02:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “This will not only help to deepen engagement, but, of course, facilitate wider and more efficient dissemination of information,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, September 13, 2019 9:14:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “In addition to the support which Jamaica will provide to the government of The Bahamas, our Jamaican consuls general in New York and Miami are already working to mobilise assistance and emergency supplies to assist families who have been affected,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, September 4, 2019 9:19:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “The Prime Minister as Minister of Defence has mobilised the JDF’s Disaster Assistance Response Team, Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Desmond McKenzie has alerted his teams and this Ministry has also been in touch with the Caribbean Disaster and Emergency Management Agency and other partners so that we may facilitate support as needed,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, September 4, 2019 1:28:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith noted : “Persons are urged to note the emergency bulletins regularly issued by the Bahamian authorities. Also, to try the emergency numbers which have been provided by Bahamian authorities for families seeking information and to possibly locate their loved ones. There is some service disruption, but efforts are being made to restore connections where possible,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, September 4, 2019 1:28:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith told : “It is indeed a sad moment, but we take pride in his courage and service” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, August 12, 2019 9:51:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “The tragic loss of Mr Peck is acutely felt by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade and the Government of Jamaica in its entirety,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, August 12, 2019 9:51:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “The division accounted for 14 per cent of all murders and 15 per cent of all shooting incidents across all police divisions in Jamaica,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, July 20, 2019 8:56:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “Although the intelligence reflects a much higher number of gangs, they have identified 25 active gangs, with inter- and intra-gang feuds manifesting in violent confrontations, reprisal killings, and counter-reprisals,” “Importantly, the impact of gang warfare in the space has instilled fear – consistent fear – among the residents and has caused significant disruptions to the livelihood of citizens in sections of the division,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, July 20, 2019 8:56:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “Her expertise in networking in trade and investment will also support an important subset of the work of the foreign service as we seek to promote the practice of economic diplomacy and consular service. I am fully confident that she will work assiduously to get the job done across the spectrum of responsibilities that are part of this role,” External link

stabroeknews Friday, July 19, 2019 10:44:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “Mrs. Roach Wilson’s exceptional track record in finance together with her strong belief in philanthropy are most fitting for this position as she shares the vision for inclusive and sustainable economic growth and development. "Her expertise in networking in trade and investment will also support an important subset of the work of the foreign service as we seek to promote the practice of economic diplomacy and consular service. I am fully confident that she will work assiduously to get the job done across the spectrum of responsibilities that are part of this role,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, July 19, 2019 6:15:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “I could see him checking on them, especially knowing that the kids were there,” External link

cleveland Friday, July 12, 2019 2:21:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “He was an angel that led them to the other family,” “He sacrificed his life for them” External link

cleveland Friday, July 12, 2019 2:21:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith noted : “press freedom is an essential component of economic prosperity, social development and resilient democracies” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, July 11, 2019 6:21:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith said : "She knew exactly what she was doing," External link

khou Friday, June 28, 2019 9:35:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith said : "She took an object from the table and threw it at me," External link

khou Friday, June 28, 2019 9:35:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith said : "So I went to the back [of the vehicle] to take it, and my head is down, and I'm not thinking this girl is going to run me over," External link

khou Friday, June 28, 2019 9:35:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith recalled : "She was just dragging me back and forth, back and forth," "I couldn't breathe. I felt like I was on fire literally" External link

khou Friday, June 28, 2019 9:35:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith said : "You pay for what you do to others," "She needs to pay for what she did to me" External link

khou Friday, June 28, 2019 9:35:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “I think we can do more. I think we can do more, and that is the commitment that I give for us to review the processes robustly and in a focused way, and I’m not just saying it for a press conference,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 26, 2019 9:29:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “It is something that we clearly need to do. The [Shiprider] agreement does provide for review, and notwithstanding, we think that the matters that have been raised in the public domain justify the types of discussions that we have already started with the US government,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 26, 2019 9:29:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “It is actually the right of the detainee to determine whether family is advised and, therefore, the ministry would have to be guided by any request that they were to come through. I cannot comment on what happened in terms of any request made by them in detention when we were not in communication with them, and those are matters, I believe, will be determined by the courts,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 26, 2019 9:29:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “I think we can do more, and that is the commitment I gave for us to review the processes robustly and in a focused way. I'm not just saying it for a press conference. It is something that we clearly need to do. The agreement does provide for review and, notwithstanding, we think that the matters that have been raised in the public domain justify the types of discussions that we have already started with the US Government,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, June 26, 2019 9:15:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “It is also regretted that the family of the men did not report them to the Ministry as missing, as has been done in many prior consular cases,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, June 26, 2019 9:15:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “Remember, ... this act provides for trusts that are not only developed here, but are developed elsewhere. The point is that no trust enforced in Jamaica will be enforced against the laws of Jamaica as I was explaining earlier,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, June 22, 2019 8:33:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “You would know that those sensitive matters are not kept in the consular department. Issues relating to maritime security – Shiprider,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, June 22, 2019 8:33:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith told : “I have respect for all teams, but I don’t fear any team because I'm an extraordinary coach so I don't panic playing against the big teams because I know what I'm doing,” External link

modernghana Tuesday, June 18, 2019 5:39:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “So now we are moving from knowing and talking to doing, to creating the framework to provide for this increased and sustainable connection,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, June 18, 2019 8:43:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said ( about Jamaica Diaspora ) : “We need to agree to give them the space to devise and implement sustainable means of deepening engagement with their contemporaries in Jamaica and the broader diaspora. Otherwise, every two years we will meet and hold a forum that says that young people need to connect more,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, June 18, 2019 8:43:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith told : “So far as I am aware PVD Caribe has not made a claim, and those are the facts … ,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, June 17, 2019 9:52:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith added ( about Costa Rican ) : “We are also excited, as she is the first woman of African descent to hold that position in Costa Rica and all of Central America,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, June 17, 2019 9:48:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “We have also seen a video in which the fishermen concerned cite experiences of shocking treatment during an extended period of detention that would amount to human rights abuse. The allegations are of serious concern to the ministry, as the rights of Jamaicans at home and abroad are always of paramount importance to the Government of Jamaica,” External link

stabroeknews Sunday, June 16, 2019 5:01:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “We have also seen a video in which the fishermen concerned cite experiences of shocking treatment during an extended period of detention that would amount to human rights abuse. The allegations are of serious concern to the ministry, as the rights of Jamaicans at home and abroad are always of paramount importance to the Government of Jamaica,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, June 16, 2019 9:38:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “I have indicated to the Senate that we are investigating. We are seeking to understand the case more because it only came to our attention yesterday (Thursday),” External link

stabroeknews Saturday, June 15, 2019 12:51:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “We look forward to hearing all of the countries that have pledged to make sure that countries like Jamaica, all over the world, are able to build their own resilience,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, June 15, 2019 12:14:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “I have indicated to the Senate that we are investigating. We are seeking to understand the case more because it only came to our attention yesterday (Thursday),” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, June 15, 2019 9:33:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “It is hoped that justice will be delivered through that process,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, June 15, 2019 12:37:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith noted : “We are proud that our Prime Minister was asked… to seek to get countries to stick to a promise they made years ago to pull together US$100 billion over a period of time, to support vulnerable countries and to fight against climate change,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 14, 2019 2:41:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “We look forward to hearing all of the countries that have pledged to make sure that countries like Jamaica, all over the world, are able to build their own resilience,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 14, 2019 2:41:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “It is not normal, Mr President. It is not routine. The use of the state of emergency and its extension is also not normal nor is it routine. It is extraordinary and we recognise it as such. What is worrying, Mr President, is where we no longer see these numbers as extraordinary. It is our responsibility to rein in the criminals, Mr President, to return our Jamaica – to return our society – to one that is not impeded by an everyday sense of a threat to life and person, a threat to order, a threat to public safety on a daily basis,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, May 11, 2019 9:48:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “So, it may never be a fact of Jamaica having done less (over the past year), or our (press) fraternity having done less or our Government having done less. But, the fact that other countries have done more, while ours remained the same: Robust, but the same,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 5, 2019 8:36:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith added : “We note that we shouldn't rest comfortably where we are, but that we don't need to berate ourselves or seem to ascribe fault. We just need to work harder to maintain the place, and we also just need to celebrate the fact that we are still number one in the region,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 5, 2019 8:36:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith told : “The situation is clearly dynamic, very fluid. Information is unclear, and conflicting, therefore, we can only monitor. Jamaica has been consistent and clear that we continue to hope for the return of peace, stability and prosperity to the Venezuelan people. So, we continue to monitor closely,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, May 1, 2019 9:17:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith told : “We ultimately feel and have always said that a peaceful resolution should be attained by the Venezuelan people — by their will, by their voice, and ultimately through free, fair and inclusive elections. We hope that that process will arise,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, May 1, 2019 9:17:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith stated : “The visit will seek to explore interests and opportunities in trade and investment, cooperation in renewable energy and further cooperation in the maritime sector,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, April 25, 2019 8:09:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith told : “In the interim, we will ensure that those Jamaicans who sought assistance from us when the crisis came to attention last year are made aware of how they may pursue their claims. We will also be placing an ad in the papers and on our website, as we did last year when seeking to help persons understand if they might be eligible for re-entry,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, April 16, 2019 10:52:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith told : “It is something we note and that we are monitoring, because it is important to be aware of developments, and certainly, if there was a wholesale change of perspective, that impacts upon us,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, April 16, 2019 10:52:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith noted : “Over the years, the EU has provided in excess of €1 billion in financial and technical assistance to Jamaica. This consistent support has positively impacted the lives of Jamaicans in so many ways. The reach and breadth of the EU assistance over the years has been significant,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, April 16, 2019 9:47:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : "Indeed, there is hardly a sector or a Jamaican community which has not directly or indirectly experienced the benefits of the [EU] programme [in Jamaica]," External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, April 16, 2019 1:11:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith told : “In the interim, we will ensure that those Jamaicans who sought assistance from us when the crisis came to attention last year are made aware of how they may pursue their claims. We will also be placing an ad in the papers and on our website, as we did last year when seeking to help persons understand if they might be eligible for re-entry,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, April 16, 2019 1:11:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said ( about Pauline Irene Nguene ) : “Having been an active participant in this process even before it formally started, I am truly pleased, together with my ministry team, to host nine CARIFORUM ministers, the EU and ACP chief negotiators, the secretaries general of both the ACP and CARICOM, the director general of CARIFORUM, as well as other dignitaries, right here in Kingston,” “The meetings are important to make progress on our negotiations for a post 2020 agreement,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, April 15, 2019 9:50:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith told : “We very much regret that the overall situation has deteriorated to the extent of severely impacting the operations of our embassy in Caracas. The challenges were many,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, April 14, 2019 9:26:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “Having been an active participant in this process even before it formally started, I am truly pleased, together with my ministry team, to host 9 CARIFORUM Ministers, the EU and ACP Chief Negotiators, the Secretary's General of both the ACP and CARICOM, the Director-General of CARIFORUM, as well as other dignitaries, right here in Kingston. The meetings are important to making progress on our negotiations for a post 2020 agreement,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, April 14, 2019 2:07:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith added : “We will be reporting on results of the last [conference in 2017, in terms of] where we would have slipped and succeeded, and also looking at how we take these conference outcomes forward in an actionable way,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, April 8, 2019 11:10:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith indicated : “we will be reporting on results of the last [conference in 2017, in terms of] where we would have slipped and succeeded, and also looking at how we take these conference outcomes forward, in an actionable way” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, April 7, 2019 11:43:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith said ( about Jamaica Diaspora ) : “We want to ensure that the information communicated to our diaspora is accurate and credible. Diaspora Conferences represent an important and enduring conduit for embedding in our collective consciousness, the tremendous dynamism and potential of the Jamaican family that resides away from our shores,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, April 3, 2019 10:39:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said ( about Caracas Venezuela ) : “These matters can be addressed by consular support from other locations including Kingston and the Embassy in Colombia. We use to have 50 Jamaicans registered at the Embassy, but many of them have already left Venezuela and are not in contact with the Embassy or seeking any services. There are two prisoners of which the Embassy is aware,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, March 23, 2019 2:42:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “Continuity and certainty are key to our business community and for our government. Given that the United Kingdom is our largest trading partner within the EU, it has been important for the Government of Jamaica, since the Brexit referendum in 2016, to work within CARIFORUM to preserve our existing preferential trade terms notwithstanding uncertainties regarding the Brexit process” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, March 22, 2019 11:58:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith said ( about Caracas Venezuela ) : “As we have previously stated publicly, we have been monitoring circumstances related to the operations of the embassy, both in the wider context of our diplomatic representation review, as well as in the particular circumstances of the mission in Caracas. The ministry, along with its embassy, have been experiencing significant challenges in the operations at the post for some time, and temporary closure is now the practical solution,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, March 21, 2019 5:53:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “Over the past two years, the ministry has been reviewing its resident diplomatic presence overseas due to the ever-changing global environment and the emergence of new patterns of trade and investment as well as technical and economic cooperation,” “Later this year, there will be further announcements regarding Jamaica’s diplomatic representation overseas, including openings where we believe our presence could be mutually beneficial to us and our host country,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 21, 2019 10:20:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “We are already building on these outcomes,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, March 15, 2019 2:10:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “Many of those bilateral engagements have also been pursued within the multilateral framework as we recognise that common values and goals play a major role in shaping bilateral, regional, and international decision-making, which, in turn, impacts the lives of people across the world,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 14, 2019 11:14:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said ( about Mr Williams ) : “I welcome Mr Williams as the newest member of the Jamaican foreign service. Mr Williams has over the years demonstrated true commitment to the service of his country and has made a sterling contribution to the public service. I am confident that with his versatility of experience and leadership, we can look forward to further strengthening the bonds of friendship and cooperation between Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, March 12, 2019 10:34:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : "Additional budgetary provisions will, therefore, be required and sought in due course in order to undertake that exercise," External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, March 5, 2019 9:45:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “It is being done in the context that the refinery was going to be upgraded now. And what does that mean? [It means] that in 2020, there will be in place a vacuum distillation unit (VDU),” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, February 24, 2019 9:42:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “The vacuum distillation unit would allow Petrojam to comply with the IMO (International Maritime Organisation) regulation,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, February 24, 2019 9:42:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “They have expressed that to us clearly,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 23, 2019 10:08:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “The Government is focused on Jamaica’s economic stability and our energy security, which are necessary for the well-being of Jamaicans,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 23, 2019 10:08:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “while the final decisions regarding persons who may be removed from foreign countries do not reside with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, our Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates continue to provide guidance to our nationals overseas who may require consular interventions in these circumstances” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 6, 2019 7:21:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “We are aware of the personal impact and sensitivities in these circumstances and therefore, over the last months, the ministry and PICA (Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency) have worked quietly through the Jamaican High Commission in London to have the British authorities verify that the Charter would not include Windrush persons, and that all individuals removed would be persons who have exhausted all legal appeals and remedies” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 6, 2019 6:21:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “We are indeed proud of your accomplishments and illustrious career, for which you were conferred with a National Award, the Commander of the Order of Distinction, for outstanding contribution to philanthropy, community development and medicine in the Jamaican diaspora in Canada,” External link

jis Thursday, January 24, 2019 1:52:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith told : “We have not taken any position in respect of the opposition. We have heard the discussions about recognising an alternative government, but Jamaica has not been exploring that option,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, January 24, 2019 10:12:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “We are indeed proud of your accomplishments and illustrious career, for which you were conferred with a National Award, the Commander of the Order of Distinction, for outstanding contribution to philanthropy, community development and medicine in the Jamaican diaspora in Canada,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, January 24, 2019 9:33:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith noted : “he has led an outstanding career in the foreign service over the last 28 years, with a proven track record in foreign trade policy development and negotiation, as well as investment promotion. I am confident that he will continue to conduct the Government of Jamaica’s business with distinction” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, January 23, 2019 10:19:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “He has led an outstanding career in the foreign service over the last 28 years, with a proven track record in foreign trade policy development and negotiation as well as investment promotion. I am confident that he will continue to conduct the Government of Jamaica's business with distinction,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 23, 2019 9:30:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “He has led an outstanding career in the Foreign Service over the last 28 years, with a proven track record in foreign trade policy development and negotiation as well as investment promotion. I am confident that he will continue to conduct the Government of Jamaica's business with distinction” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 23, 2019 3:01:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “We are indeed proud of your accomplishments and illustrious career, for which you were conferred with a National Award, the Commander of the Order of Distinction, for outstanding contribution to philanthropy, community development and medicine in the Jamaican diaspora in Canada,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 22, 2019 9:53:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith responded : “It was in fact not. We always vote on the side of human rights, democracy and the rule of law, which is what we did at the OAS last Thursday,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 22, 2019 10:11:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith told : “Our feedback has been overall positive because the recognition generally — even those countries that are disappointed that it would have reached to this stage — recognise the importance of energy stability to Jamaica's growth and Jamaica as an investment location,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 16, 2019 9:32:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith added : “So even if persons have sought to position the issue as an inflammatory one, the feedback has been overall positive. It has been recognised as an isolated event, they recognise the instability and the risk, and they actually — to a large extent — have congratulated the Government on taking decisive action in ensuring that energy security is maintained here in Jamaica. There is no basis for the fears and concerns that are being fomented in the public domain,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 16, 2019 9:32:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said ( about Lisa Hanna ) : “It was, as has been the case in the global environment since we achieved our independence, that Jamaica votes in favour of human rights law and order, and the principle of non-intervention. These principles we hold in great regard and that the PNP, and in particular Miss (Lisa) Hanna, seek to continuously forget all but one — the principle of non-intervention — is of concern,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 16, 2019 9:32:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith told : “There was no specific request or pressure brought to bear or any quid pro quo sought in respect of the vote by Jamaica,” External link

tv6tnt Tuesday, January 15, 2019 7:17:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith declared : "There was no specific request or pressure brought to bear or any quid pro quo sought in respect of the vote by Jamaica," External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, January 15, 2019 8:08:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said ( about Caracas Venezuela ) : "The Government of Jamaica, in supporting the resolution, acknowledges that the fundamental values and principles, including the maintenance of the rule of law, respect for human rights, and democracy, as well as non-intervention in the internal affairs of states, remain pertinent considerations ... like the several countries represented here. For us, our interest has always been, and continues to be, that of the well-being of the people of Venezuela. Jamaica stands ready to lend any support that may be deemed helpful and that could facilitate renewed dialogue to alleviate the serious challenges facing Venezuela. Jamaica continues to support those principles" External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, January 11, 2019 9:20:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “Therefore, in the national and economic interest of Jamaica, the decision has been taken to commence the legislative process towards acquiring the shares in Petrojam held by PDV Caribe,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 9, 2019 9:52:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : "It has become clear that the shared priority and interest in Jamaica's energy security, which drove PCJ (Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica) and PDVSA to work together to operate and upgrade Petrojam, no longer exists," External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, January 9, 2019 7:53:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith added : "We believe that it is unfortunate that we have reached this point, but we also are quite clear that in order to prosper and to uplift the Jamaican people, we must ensure our energy security," External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, January 9, 2019 7:53:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “It will not be a general piece of legislation which allows for acquisition of property rights, other than land, beyond the scope of the transfer of ownership of the 49 per cent shares in PetroJam currently held by PDV Caribe,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, January 8, 2019 10:46:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith noted : “Jamaica has also assumed several similar human rights commitments at the hemispheric level in the context of the Organization of American States (OAS), and we continue to work diligently to ensure their fulfilment,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, December 11, 2018 7:53:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith said : "This is to ensure that all users of the road can operate in a safe space," External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, December 7, 2018 10:32:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith said : "We have to take hold of the indiscipline culture (on the roads). We have to send a message that this stops now," External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, December 7, 2018 10:32:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “We must now examine ways in which we can strengthen the collaboration to build an even more effective partnership for growth and development,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, February 17, 2017 1:36:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “My Ministry will continue to work closely with the stakeholders to ensure the timely and effective implementation of the TF Agreement, including through the identification and securing of grant funding, technical assistance and capacity building support that will be needed to underpin the reform processes and activities” External link

jis Thursday, February 9, 2017 3:33:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “My Ministry will continue to work closely with the stakeholders to ensure the timely and effective implementation of the TF Agreement, including through the identification and securing of grant funding, technical assistance and capacity building support that will be needed to underpin the reform processes and activities” External link

jis Thursday, February 9, 2017 3:33:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith stated : “Jamaica has made significant strides in relation to customs modernization and border management and control. Initiatives, in this area, continue to be undertaken within the broad context of the Public Sector Transformation and Modernization Programme of which trade and investment facilitation is a main component” External link

jis Thursday, February 9, 2017 3:33:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : "It is very important in these matters that we remain calm and responsible," External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, January 31, 2017 5:41:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith stated : "As far as we are aware, the scope of the order and its interpretation is under litigation. So we will continue to maintain close contact with our missions in the US to monitor developments as this unfolds. As far as we know, Jamaica is not impacted by it and we continue to monitor as the interpretation unfolds according to the courts," External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, January 30, 2017 8:52:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith told : “Not only do we have priorities and targets clearly aligned, but we also have a joint steering committee chaired by both the PIOJ and the UN resident coordinators office. This committee will ensure that we measure, monitor and evaluate and ensure that we are on the right path and if any adjustments need to be made we can make them,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, January 21, 2017 6:30:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith told : "The EU visa is a sensitive issue as we're not where we would want to be as a country to meet the Schengen criteria and to make an application for a waiver," External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, January 19, 2017 10:40:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith added : “It is indisputable that Edward Seaga has been the principal engineer and developer of independent Jamaica. His programmes and vision for Jamaica are written in an extensive range of projects and institutions which span the entire field of national development,” External link

jis Monday, January 16, 2017 9:34:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith added : “It is indisputable that Edward Seaga has been the principal engineer and developer of independent Jamaica. His programmes and vision for Jamaica are written in an extensive range of projects and institutions which spans the entire field of national development,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, January 16, 2017 8:23:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “This Administration does not believe that the terms offered would have been beneficial to Jamaica as a whole... and on the basis of same, we have rejected the offer,” External link

jis Sunday, January 15, 2017 12:38:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith responded : “I’m not sure it would be appropriate for me to share the nature of discussions and negotiations that may or may not have taken place between government officials on this matter,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, January 14, 2017 10:10:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith told : "We have experienced a 64 per cent reduction in Jamaicans refused entry between March and December 2016, as well as reduced complaints of mistreatment," External link

topix Thursday, January 12, 2017 1:56:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith said : "We're also very pleased that the Trinidadian government kept their commitment to retrofit an area at the Piarco Airport to accommodate people that have not been landed while they await return to their country of origin, including Jamaicans. Trinidad also kept its commitment to undergo no less than two significant service-training sessions for immigration officials, and reports from the high commission and general travellers speak to an improved experience at the airport" External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, January 12, 2017 9:32:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith affirmed : "The implementation of the EPA is a top priority for CARIFORUM States," External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 21, 2016 9:51:00 AM EAT



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Johnson Smith said : “I reached out immediately to partner countries who were evacuating their citizens, explored regional partnerships with countries who also have students and teachers there, as well as a sole Government of Jamaica approach by charter of sufficient capacity to cover the distance. Regrettably, none of those options proved workable. We note that many foreign nationals remain in Wuhan as several countries who evacuated citizens focused primarily on government employees, and were also ultimately limited by capacity and other considerations,” External link

stabroeknews Saturday, February 8, 2020 3:38:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “I reached out immediately to partner countries who were evacuating their citizens, explored regional partnerships with countries who also have students and teachers there, as well as a sole Government of Jamaica approach by charter of sufficient capacity to cover the distance. Regrettably, none of those options proved workable. We note that many foreign nationals remain in Wuhan as several countries who evacuated citizens focused primarily on government employees, and were also ultimately limited by capacity and other considerations,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, February 8, 2020 11:41:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “We have also been impacted by horrendous examples of domestic violence and intimate partner violence,” External link

caribbean360 Tuesday, February 4, 2020 1:40:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith added : “So they have their certain assurances and arrangements that they have had to put in place in order to get approval for removal of their citizens. I don't say these things to make you get even more scared or more concerned, I'm just trying to share some information to help you understand the context within which those arrangements were made,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, February 1, 2020 9:40:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “She had booked her flight but was unable to leave when the travel restrictions were enforced by the government of China, and needed money to pay rent for an apartment and the team fundraised and assisted her,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 1, 2020 8:48:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith noted : “The government policy of increasing the threshold has the positive effect of aiding and stimulating the micro and small business sectors of the economy, and in that regard, cost savings should occur to the sector as companies operating at the lower end of the revenue threshold will not be obliged to undertake all that is entailed with registration and filing of GCT returns,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, January 30, 2020 9:50:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said ( about Province ) : “Since my last communication to the media, our Embassy in Beijing has strengthened its outreach to Jamaicans in the Wuhan area of Hubei Province. The number of persons with whom we are in contact via WhatsApp chat group has now increased to 29, as we have added persons there who had not previously registered with the embassy,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, January 30, 2020 2:07:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith noted : “The government policy of increasing the threshold has the positive effect of aiding and stimulating the micro and small business sectors of the economy, and in that regard, cost savings should occur to the sector as companies operating at the lower end of the revenue threshold will not be obliged to undertake all that is entailed with registration and filing of GCT returns,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, January 29, 2020 6:42:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith explained : “The increase in the GCT threshold anticipates the deregistration of persons whose gross total supplies are less than the threshold of $10 million, and these persons would no longer be required to file a monthly GCT return as they would not be considered registered taxpayers based on the GCT threshold status,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 29, 2020 9:16:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “We are saddened by the passing of Ambassador Durrant and we honour the outstanding contribution made by her, not only to the Jamaican Foreign Service but also to the international community. We extend our deepest condolences to the friends and family of Ambassador Durrant,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, December 5, 2019 1:05:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “We are saddened by the passing of Ambassador Durrant and we honour the outstanding contribution made by her, not only to the Jamaican Foreign Service, but also to the international community,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, December 4, 2019 9:36:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith responded : “I know that the Jamaican people watch me stand up to a bully every Friday. So I know they have absolutely no concern,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, November 30, 2019 11:41:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “We will use the visit to engage targeted stakeholders on prospective partnerships that can support [the] quest to build the new Jamaica that our people want,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, October 26, 2019 8:52:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “We are, however, all confronted with the reality that countries like ours need to mobilise an enormous pool of capital to implement the SDGs,” External link

jis Saturday, October 26, 2019 2:17:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “It also creates a timely opportunity for critical discussions on how to achieve economic growth through trade, as well as the approaches countries can adopt to ensure all stakeholders can benefit,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, October 9, 2019 9:07:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “Compare this to the 15.1 [per 100,000] for the region or the global average of 6.1 per 100,000. These are not normal numbers for such a small community, for such a small population,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, October 5, 2019 9:24:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “I know some people are quick to say, ‘only 12 guns?’, but what I want you to think about is ‘how many murders, one gun’, ‘how many lives, one gun’,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, October 5, 2019 9:24:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : "Public voice overtakes the parliamentary debate," External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, October 3, 2019 9:29:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith stated ( about Pauline Irene Nguene ) : “Raising the bar towards the implementation of the SDGs and the commitments of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change has taken on a level of urgency for small island developing states, many of which are ACP members,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, September 27, 2019 9:59:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “This has been a har- rowing and very trauma- tizing experience for our children,” “However, the directors of the homes have all been in constant contact with me, reassur- ing me that our children are being well taken care of. That has been a relief for our entire team and has made it a little easier to focus on the rebuild efforts” External link

jonesbahamas Tuesday, September 24, 2019 6:40:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “At this time, we sim- ply have nowhere to house anyone or take anyone in, which is why this restoration effort is so important,” “We understand that now, more than ever, our services will be in great demand and we are work- ing along with the Department of Social Services to assist where we can until we are able to reopen our doors as a place of safety and pro- tection for our children” External link

jonesbahamas Tuesday, September 24, 2019 6:40:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “We started work on this during the first UAE Caribbean Forum last year,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, September 24, 2019 12:07:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “Fourteen days is quite simply not enough time to take a hold of the criminality that has become entrenched in certain areas,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, September 20, 2019 9:12:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “Further details of detentions, etc, undoubtedly, will be shared in the dialogue that has been agreed to,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, September 20, 2019 9:12:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “With her help we can report that some of the persons about whom families and friends are concerned have been located and efforts to locate others are continuing,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, September 14, 2019 12:19:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “Efforts to locate others are ongoing. Our honorary consul in Nassau, Terrel Butler, has been working night and day, closely monitoring and helping to identify those whose families or friends have contacted us,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, September 14, 2019 9:45:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith announced ( about Honorary Consul ) : “Efforts to locate others are ongoing. Our Honorary Consul in Nassau Terrel Butler has been working night and day closely monitoring and helping to identify those whose families/friends who have contacted us” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, September 13, 2019 11:02:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “This will not only help to deepen engagement, but, of course, facilitate wider and more efficient dissemination of information,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, September 13, 2019 9:14:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “In addition to the support which Jamaica will provide to the government of The Bahamas, our Jamaican consuls general in New York and Miami are already working to mobilise assistance and emergency supplies to assist families who have been affected,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, September 4, 2019 9:19:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “The Prime Minister as Minister of Defence has mobilised the JDF’s Disaster Assistance Response Team, Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Desmond McKenzie has alerted his teams and this Ministry has also been in touch with the Caribbean Disaster and Emergency Management Agency and other partners so that we may facilitate support as needed,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, September 4, 2019 1:28:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith noted : “Persons are urged to note the emergency bulletins regularly issued by the Bahamian authorities. Also, to try the emergency numbers which have been provided by Bahamian authorities for families seeking information and to possibly locate their loved ones. There is some service disruption, but efforts are being made to restore connections where possible,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, September 4, 2019 1:28:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith told : “It is indeed a sad moment, but we take pride in his courage and service” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, August 12, 2019 9:51:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “The tragic loss of Mr Peck is acutely felt by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade and the Government of Jamaica in its entirety,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, August 12, 2019 9:51:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “The division accounted for 14 per cent of all murders and 15 per cent of all shooting incidents across all police divisions in Jamaica,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, July 20, 2019 8:56:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “Although the intelligence reflects a much higher number of gangs, they have identified 25 active gangs, with inter- and intra-gang feuds manifesting in violent confrontations, reprisal killings, and counter-reprisals,” “Importantly, the impact of gang warfare in the space has instilled fear – consistent fear – among the residents and has caused significant disruptions to the livelihood of citizens in sections of the division,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, July 20, 2019 8:56:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “Her expertise in networking in trade and investment will also support an important subset of the work of the foreign service as we seek to promote the practice of economic diplomacy and consular service. I am fully confident that she will work assiduously to get the job done across the spectrum of responsibilities that are part of this role,” External link

stabroeknews Friday, July 19, 2019 10:44:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “Mrs. Roach Wilson’s exceptional track record in finance together with her strong belief in philanthropy are most fitting for this position as she shares the vision for inclusive and sustainable economic growth and development. "Her expertise in networking in trade and investment will also support an important subset of the work of the foreign service as we seek to promote the practice of economic diplomacy and consular service. I am fully confident that she will work assiduously to get the job done across the spectrum of responsibilities that are part of this role,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, July 19, 2019 6:15:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “I could see him checking on them, especially knowing that the kids were there,” External link

cleveland Friday, July 12, 2019 2:21:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “He was an angel that led them to the other family,” “He sacrificed his life for them” External link

cleveland Friday, July 12, 2019 2:21:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith noted : “press freedom is an essential component of economic prosperity, social development and resilient democracies” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, July 11, 2019 6:21:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith said : "She knew exactly what she was doing," External link

khou Friday, June 28, 2019 9:35:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith said : "She took an object from the table and threw it at me," External link

khou Friday, June 28, 2019 9:35:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith said : "So I went to the back [of the vehicle] to take it, and my head is down, and I'm not thinking this girl is going to run me over," External link

khou Friday, June 28, 2019 9:35:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith recalled : "She was just dragging me back and forth, back and forth," "I couldn't breathe. I felt like I was on fire literally" External link

khou Friday, June 28, 2019 9:35:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith said : "You pay for what you do to others," "She needs to pay for what she did to me" External link

khou Friday, June 28, 2019 9:35:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “I think we can do more. I think we can do more, and that is the commitment that I give for us to review the processes robustly and in a focused way, and I’m not just saying it for a press conference,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 26, 2019 9:29:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “It is something that we clearly need to do. The [Shiprider] agreement does provide for review, and notwithstanding, we think that the matters that have been raised in the public domain justify the types of discussions that we have already started with the US government,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 26, 2019 9:29:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “It is actually the right of the detainee to determine whether family is advised and, therefore, the ministry would have to be guided by any request that they were to come through. I cannot comment on what happened in terms of any request made by them in detention when we were not in communication with them, and those are matters, I believe, will be determined by the courts,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 26, 2019 9:29:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “I think we can do more, and that is the commitment I gave for us to review the processes robustly and in a focused way. I'm not just saying it for a press conference. It is something that we clearly need to do. The agreement does provide for review and, notwithstanding, we think that the matters that have been raised in the public domain justify the types of discussions that we have already started with the US Government,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, June 26, 2019 9:15:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “It is also regretted that the family of the men did not report them to the Ministry as missing, as has been done in many prior consular cases,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, June 26, 2019 9:15:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “Remember, ... this act provides for trusts that are not only developed here, but are developed elsewhere. The point is that no trust enforced in Jamaica will be enforced against the laws of Jamaica as I was explaining earlier,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, June 22, 2019 8:33:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “You would know that those sensitive matters are not kept in the consular department. Issues relating to maritime security – Shiprider,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, June 22, 2019 8:33:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith told : “I have respect for all teams, but I don’t fear any team because I'm an extraordinary coach so I don't panic playing against the big teams because I know what I'm doing,” External link

modernghana Tuesday, June 18, 2019 5:39:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “So now we are moving from knowing and talking to doing, to creating the framework to provide for this increased and sustainable connection,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, June 18, 2019 8:43:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said ( about Jamaica Diaspora ) : “We need to agree to give them the space to devise and implement sustainable means of deepening engagement with their contemporaries in Jamaica and the broader diaspora. Otherwise, every two years we will meet and hold a forum that says that young people need to connect more,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, June 18, 2019 8:43:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith told : “So far as I am aware PVD Caribe has not made a claim, and those are the facts … ,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, June 17, 2019 9:52:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith added ( about Costa Rican ) : “We are also excited, as she is the first woman of African descent to hold that position in Costa Rica and all of Central America,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, June 17, 2019 9:48:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “We have also seen a video in which the fishermen concerned cite experiences of shocking treatment during an extended period of detention that would amount to human rights abuse. The allegations are of serious concern to the ministry, as the rights of Jamaicans at home and abroad are always of paramount importance to the Government of Jamaica,” External link

stabroeknews Sunday, June 16, 2019 5:01:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “We have also seen a video in which the fishermen concerned cite experiences of shocking treatment during an extended period of detention that would amount to human rights abuse. The allegations are of serious concern to the ministry, as the rights of Jamaicans at home and abroad are always of paramount importance to the Government of Jamaica,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, June 16, 2019 9:38:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “I have indicated to the Senate that we are investigating. We are seeking to understand the case more because it only came to our attention yesterday (Thursday),” External link

stabroeknews Saturday, June 15, 2019 12:51:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “We look forward to hearing all of the countries that have pledged to make sure that countries like Jamaica, all over the world, are able to build their own resilience,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, June 15, 2019 12:14:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “I have indicated to the Senate that we are investigating. We are seeking to understand the case more because it only came to our attention yesterday (Thursday),” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, June 15, 2019 9:33:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “It is hoped that justice will be delivered through that process,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, June 15, 2019 12:37:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith noted : “We are proud that our Prime Minister was asked… to seek to get countries to stick to a promise they made years ago to pull together US$100 billion over a period of time, to support vulnerable countries and to fight against climate change,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 14, 2019 2:41:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “We look forward to hearing all of the countries that have pledged to make sure that countries like Jamaica, all over the world, are able to build their own resilience,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 14, 2019 2:41:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “It is not normal, Mr President. It is not routine. The use of the state of emergency and its extension is also not normal nor is it routine. It is extraordinary and we recognise it as such. What is worrying, Mr President, is where we no longer see these numbers as extraordinary. It is our responsibility to rein in the criminals, Mr President, to return our Jamaica – to return our society – to one that is not impeded by an everyday sense of a threat to life and person, a threat to order, a threat to public safety on a daily basis,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, May 11, 2019 9:48:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “So, it may never be a fact of Jamaica having done less (over the past year), or our (press) fraternity having done less or our Government having done less. But, the fact that other countries have done more, while ours remained the same: Robust, but the same,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 5, 2019 8:36:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith added : “We note that we shouldn't rest comfortably where we are, but that we don't need to berate ourselves or seem to ascribe fault. We just need to work harder to maintain the place, and we also just need to celebrate the fact that we are still number one in the region,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 5, 2019 8:36:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith told : “The situation is clearly dynamic, very fluid. Information is unclear, and conflicting, therefore, we can only monitor. Jamaica has been consistent and clear that we continue to hope for the return of peace, stability and prosperity to the Venezuelan people. So, we continue to monitor closely,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, May 1, 2019 9:17:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith told : “We ultimately feel and have always said that a peaceful resolution should be attained by the Venezuelan people — by their will, by their voice, and ultimately through free, fair and inclusive elections. We hope that that process will arise,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, May 1, 2019 9:17:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith stated : “The visit will seek to explore interests and opportunities in trade and investment, cooperation in renewable energy and further cooperation in the maritime sector,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, April 25, 2019 8:09:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith told : “In the interim, we will ensure that those Jamaicans who sought assistance from us when the crisis came to attention last year are made aware of how they may pursue their claims. We will also be placing an ad in the papers and on our website, as we did last year when seeking to help persons understand if they might be eligible for re-entry,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, April 16, 2019 10:52:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith told : “It is something we note and that we are monitoring, because it is important to be aware of developments, and certainly, if there was a wholesale change of perspective, that impacts upon us,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, April 16, 2019 10:52:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith noted : “Over the years, the EU has provided in excess of €1 billion in financial and technical assistance to Jamaica. This consistent support has positively impacted the lives of Jamaicans in so many ways. The reach and breadth of the EU assistance over the years has been significant,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, April 16, 2019 9:47:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : "Indeed, there is hardly a sector or a Jamaican community which has not directly or indirectly experienced the benefits of the [EU] programme [in Jamaica]," External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, April 16, 2019 1:11:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith told : “In the interim, we will ensure that those Jamaicans who sought assistance from us when the crisis came to attention last year are made aware of how they may pursue their claims. We will also be placing an ad in the papers and on our website, as we did last year when seeking to help persons understand if they might be eligible for re-entry,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, April 16, 2019 1:11:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said ( about Pauline Irene Nguene ) : “Having been an active participant in this process even before it formally started, I am truly pleased, together with my ministry team, to host nine CARIFORUM ministers, the EU and ACP chief negotiators, the secretaries general of both the ACP and CARICOM, the director general of CARIFORUM, as well as other dignitaries, right here in Kingston,” “The meetings are important to make progress on our negotiations for a post 2020 agreement,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, April 15, 2019 9:50:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith told : “We very much regret that the overall situation has deteriorated to the extent of severely impacting the operations of our embassy in Caracas. The challenges were many,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, April 14, 2019 9:26:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “Having been an active participant in this process even before it formally started, I am truly pleased, together with my ministry team, to host 9 CARIFORUM Ministers, the EU and ACP Chief Negotiators, the Secretary's General of both the ACP and CARICOM, the Director-General of CARIFORUM, as well as other dignitaries, right here in Kingston. The meetings are important to making progress on our negotiations for a post 2020 agreement,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, April 14, 2019 2:07:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith added : “We will be reporting on results of the last [conference in 2017, in terms of] where we would have slipped and succeeded, and also looking at how we take these conference outcomes forward in an actionable way,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, April 8, 2019 11:10:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith indicated : “we will be reporting on results of the last [conference in 2017, in terms of] where we would have slipped and succeeded, and also looking at how we take these conference outcomes forward, in an actionable way” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, April 7, 2019 11:43:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith said ( about Jamaica Diaspora ) : “We want to ensure that the information communicated to our diaspora is accurate and credible. Diaspora Conferences represent an important and enduring conduit for embedding in our collective consciousness, the tremendous dynamism and potential of the Jamaican family that resides away from our shores,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, April 3, 2019 10:39:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said ( about Caracas Venezuela ) : “These matters can be addressed by consular support from other locations including Kingston and the Embassy in Colombia. We use to have 50 Jamaicans registered at the Embassy, but many of them have already left Venezuela and are not in contact with the Embassy or seeking any services. There are two prisoners of which the Embassy is aware,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, March 23, 2019 2:42:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “Continuity and certainty are key to our business community and for our government. Given that the United Kingdom is our largest trading partner within the EU, it has been important for the Government of Jamaica, since the Brexit referendum in 2016, to work within CARIFORUM to preserve our existing preferential trade terms notwithstanding uncertainties regarding the Brexit process” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, March 22, 2019 11:58:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith said ( about Caracas Venezuela ) : “As we have previously stated publicly, we have been monitoring circumstances related to the operations of the embassy, both in the wider context of our diplomatic representation review, as well as in the particular circumstances of the mission in Caracas. The ministry, along with its embassy, have been experiencing significant challenges in the operations at the post for some time, and temporary closure is now the practical solution,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, March 21, 2019 5:53:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “Over the past two years, the ministry has been reviewing its resident diplomatic presence overseas due to the ever-changing global environment and the emergence of new patterns of trade and investment as well as technical and economic cooperation,” “Later this year, there will be further announcements regarding Jamaica’s diplomatic representation overseas, including openings where we believe our presence could be mutually beneficial to us and our host country,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 21, 2019 10:20:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “We are already building on these outcomes,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, March 15, 2019 2:10:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “Many of those bilateral engagements have also been pursued within the multilateral framework as we recognise that common values and goals play a major role in shaping bilateral, regional, and international decision-making, which, in turn, impacts the lives of people across the world,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 14, 2019 11:14:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said ( about Mr Williams ) : “I welcome Mr Williams as the newest member of the Jamaican foreign service. Mr Williams has over the years demonstrated true commitment to the service of his country and has made a sterling contribution to the public service. I am confident that with his versatility of experience and leadership, we can look forward to further strengthening the bonds of friendship and cooperation between Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, March 12, 2019 10:34:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : "Additional budgetary provisions will, therefore, be required and sought in due course in order to undertake that exercise," External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, March 5, 2019 9:45:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “It is being done in the context that the refinery was going to be upgraded now. And what does that mean? [It means] that in 2020, there will be in place a vacuum distillation unit (VDU),” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, February 24, 2019 9:42:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “The vacuum distillation unit would allow Petrojam to comply with the IMO (International Maritime Organisation) regulation,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, February 24, 2019 9:42:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “They have expressed that to us clearly,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 23, 2019 10:08:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “The Government is focused on Jamaica’s economic stability and our energy security, which are necessary for the well-being of Jamaicans,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 23, 2019 10:08:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “while the final decisions regarding persons who may be removed from foreign countries do not reside with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, our Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates continue to provide guidance to our nationals overseas who may require consular interventions in these circumstances” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 6, 2019 7:21:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “We are aware of the personal impact and sensitivities in these circumstances and therefore, over the last months, the ministry and PICA (Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency) have worked quietly through the Jamaican High Commission in London to have the British authorities verify that the Charter would not include Windrush persons, and that all individuals removed would be persons who have exhausted all legal appeals and remedies” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 6, 2019 6:21:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “We are indeed proud of your accomplishments and illustrious career, for which you were conferred with a National Award, the Commander of the Order of Distinction, for outstanding contribution to philanthropy, community development and medicine in the Jamaican diaspora in Canada,” External link

jis Thursday, January 24, 2019 1:52:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith told : “We have not taken any position in respect of the opposition. We have heard the discussions about recognising an alternative government, but Jamaica has not been exploring that option,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, January 24, 2019 10:12:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “We are indeed proud of your accomplishments and illustrious career, for which you were conferred with a National Award, the Commander of the Order of Distinction, for outstanding contribution to philanthropy, community development and medicine in the Jamaican diaspora in Canada,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, January 24, 2019 9:33:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith noted : “he has led an outstanding career in the foreign service over the last 28 years, with a proven track record in foreign trade policy development and negotiation, as well as investment promotion. I am confident that he will continue to conduct the Government of Jamaica’s business with distinction” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, January 23, 2019 10:19:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “He has led an outstanding career in the foreign service over the last 28 years, with a proven track record in foreign trade policy development and negotiation as well as investment promotion. I am confident that he will continue to conduct the Government of Jamaica's business with distinction,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 23, 2019 9:30:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “He has led an outstanding career in the Foreign Service over the last 28 years, with a proven track record in foreign trade policy development and negotiation as well as investment promotion. I am confident that he will continue to conduct the Government of Jamaica's business with distinction” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 23, 2019 3:01:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “We are indeed proud of your accomplishments and illustrious career, for which you were conferred with a National Award, the Commander of the Order of Distinction, for outstanding contribution to philanthropy, community development and medicine in the Jamaican diaspora in Canada,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 22, 2019 9:53:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith responded : “It was in fact not. We always vote on the side of human rights, democracy and the rule of law, which is what we did at the OAS last Thursday,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 22, 2019 10:11:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith told : “Our feedback has been overall positive because the recognition generally — even those countries that are disappointed that it would have reached to this stage — recognise the importance of energy stability to Jamaica's growth and Jamaica as an investment location,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 16, 2019 9:32:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith added : “So even if persons have sought to position the issue as an inflammatory one, the feedback has been overall positive. It has been recognised as an isolated event, they recognise the instability and the risk, and they actually — to a large extent — have congratulated the Government on taking decisive action in ensuring that energy security is maintained here in Jamaica. There is no basis for the fears and concerns that are being fomented in the public domain,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 16, 2019 9:32:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said ( about Lisa Hanna ) : “It was, as has been the case in the global environment since we achieved our independence, that Jamaica votes in favour of human rights law and order, and the principle of non-intervention. These principles we hold in great regard and that the PNP, and in particular Miss (Lisa) Hanna, seek to continuously forget all but one — the principle of non-intervention — is of concern,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 16, 2019 9:32:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith told : “There was no specific request or pressure brought to bear or any quid pro quo sought in respect of the vote by Jamaica,” External link

tv6tnt Tuesday, January 15, 2019 7:17:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith declared : "There was no specific request or pressure brought to bear or any quid pro quo sought in respect of the vote by Jamaica," External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, January 15, 2019 8:08:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said ( about Caracas Venezuela ) : "The Government of Jamaica, in supporting the resolution, acknowledges that the fundamental values and principles, including the maintenance of the rule of law, respect for human rights, and democracy, as well as non-intervention in the internal affairs of states, remain pertinent considerations ... like the several countries represented here. For us, our interest has always been, and continues to be, that of the well-being of the people of Venezuela. Jamaica stands ready to lend any support that may be deemed helpful and that could facilitate renewed dialogue to alleviate the serious challenges facing Venezuela. Jamaica continues to support those principles" External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, January 11, 2019 9:20:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “Therefore, in the national and economic interest of Jamaica, the decision has been taken to commence the legislative process towards acquiring the shares in Petrojam held by PDV Caribe,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 9, 2019 9:52:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : "It has become clear that the shared priority and interest in Jamaica's energy security, which drove PCJ (Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica) and PDVSA to work together to operate and upgrade Petrojam, no longer exists," External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, January 9, 2019 7:53:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith added : "We believe that it is unfortunate that we have reached this point, but we also are quite clear that in order to prosper and to uplift the Jamaican people, we must ensure our energy security," External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, January 9, 2019 7:53:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “It will not be a general piece of legislation which allows for acquisition of property rights, other than land, beyond the scope of the transfer of ownership of the 49 per cent shares in PetroJam currently held by PDV Caribe,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, January 8, 2019 10:46:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith noted : “Jamaica has also assumed several similar human rights commitments at the hemispheric level in the context of the Organization of American States (OAS), and we continue to work diligently to ensure their fulfilment,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, December 11, 2018 7:53:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith said : "This is to ensure that all users of the road can operate in a safe space," External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, December 7, 2018 10:32:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith said : "We have to take hold of the indiscipline culture (on the roads). We have to send a message that this stops now," External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, December 7, 2018 10:32:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “We must now examine ways in which we can strengthen the collaboration to build an even more effective partnership for growth and development,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, February 17, 2017 1:36:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “My Ministry will continue to work closely with the stakeholders to ensure the timely and effective implementation of the TF Agreement, including through the identification and securing of grant funding, technical assistance and capacity building support that will be needed to underpin the reform processes and activities” External link

jis Thursday, February 9, 2017 3:33:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “My Ministry will continue to work closely with the stakeholders to ensure the timely and effective implementation of the TF Agreement, including through the identification and securing of grant funding, technical assistance and capacity building support that will be needed to underpin the reform processes and activities” External link

jis Thursday, February 9, 2017 3:33:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith stated : “Jamaica has made significant strides in relation to customs modernization and border management and control. Initiatives, in this area, continue to be undertaken within the broad context of the Public Sector Transformation and Modernization Programme of which trade and investment facilitation is a main component” External link

jis Thursday, February 9, 2017 3:33:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith said : "It is very important in these matters that we remain calm and responsible," External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, January 31, 2017 5:41:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith stated : "As far as we are aware, the scope of the order and its interpretation is under litigation. So we will continue to maintain close contact with our missions in the US to monitor developments as this unfolds. As far as we know, Jamaica is not impacted by it and we continue to monitor as the interpretation unfolds according to the courts," External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, January 30, 2017 8:52:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith told : “Not only do we have priorities and targets clearly aligned, but we also have a joint steering committee chaired by both the PIOJ and the UN resident coordinators office. This committee will ensure that we measure, monitor and evaluate and ensure that we are on the right path and if any adjustments need to be made we can make them,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, January 21, 2017 6:30:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith told : "The EU visa is a sensitive issue as we're not where we would want to be as a country to meet the Schengen criteria and to make an application for a waiver," External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, January 19, 2017 10:40:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith added : “It is indisputable that Edward Seaga has been the principal engineer and developer of independent Jamaica. His programmes and vision for Jamaica are written in an extensive range of projects and institutions which span the entire field of national development,” External link

jis Monday, January 16, 2017 9:34:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith added : “It is indisputable that Edward Seaga has been the principal engineer and developer of independent Jamaica. His programmes and vision for Jamaica are written in an extensive range of projects and institutions which spans the entire field of national development,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, January 16, 2017 8:23:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith said : “This Administration does not believe that the terms offered would have been beneficial to Jamaica as a whole... and on the basis of same, we have rejected the offer,” External link

jis Sunday, January 15, 2017 12:38:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith responded : “I’m not sure it would be appropriate for me to share the nature of discussions and negotiations that may or may not have taken place between government officials on this matter,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, January 14, 2017 10:10:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith told : "We have experienced a 64 per cent reduction in Jamaicans refused entry between March and December 2016, as well as reduced complaints of mistreatment," External link

topix Thursday, January 12, 2017 1:56:00 PM EAT

Johnson Smith said : "We're also very pleased that the Trinidadian government kept their commitment to retrofit an area at the Piarco Airport to accommodate people that have not been landed while they await return to their country of origin, including Jamaicans. Trinidad also kept its commitment to undergo no less than two significant service-training sessions for immigration officials, and reports from the high commission and general travellers speak to an improved experience at the airport" External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, January 12, 2017 9:32:00 AM EAT

Johnson Smith affirmed : "The implementation of the EPA is a top priority for CARIFORUM States," External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 21, 2016 9:51:00 AM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
minister of foreign affairs and foreign3.66%EN07/23/201723/07/2017
senator76.83%EN07/21/201721/07/2017
leader of government3.66%EN07/20/201720/07/2017
minister of foreign affairs3.66%EN03/02/201702/03/2017
minister12.20%EN02/16/201716/02/2017
Names Lang Count
Johnson SmithEN99.12%
Johnson SmithFR0.88%


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