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JM | May 3, 2021

Foreign Affairs Ministry moves into downtown Kingston headquarters tomorrow

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The new headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade at 2 Port Royal Street, downtown Kingston. (Photo contributed)

Nearly two years after its completion, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade will officially commence services at its Port Royal Street headquarters in downtown Kingston come Tuesday, May 4.

The 11-storey building will accommodate 285 members of staff spanning 17 departments.

The complex, which was built by Jiangsu Jiangdu Construction Group Company Limited, based in the People’s Republic of China, comprises a two-storey annexe building, a generator room, boundary wall, and parking area, among other features.

Portfolio Minister Kamina Johnson Smith, has welcomed the ministry’s relocation to the new offices.

“Notwithstanding that there have been several delays, especially with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are indeed thankful that we have now completed this process,” she said in a communiqué.

Senator Johnson Smith thanked China and other stakeholders who were integral to the project’s execution.

“This wonderful gift is another concrete expression of China’s support for the achievement of Jamaica’s national development goals. Special thanks to the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation and other stakeholders who have contributed to the success of this project,” she said.

She received a ceremonial key on the building’s completion from Chinese Ambassador Tian Qi in October 2019.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Kamina Johnson Smith. (Photo: Twitter @KaminaJohnsonSmith)

Senator Johnson Smith further pointed out that she was thrilled that consequent on its relocation from New Kingston, the ministry has become a part of “this rejuvenation and redevelopment of downtown Kingston by the Government.”

The minister assured that the relocation exercise “has not impacted services offered to the public.”

“There remains limited access to consular and authentication services in keeping with COVID-19 restrictions, including the work from home orders which are still in effect,” Senator Johnson Smith advised.

The ministry’s business hours will remain Mondays to Thursdays, 8:30 am to 5:00 p.m., and Fridays, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.

Persons can contact the ministry by telephone at (876) 926-4220 or via email at info@mfaft.gov.jm.

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