August 9, 2022 | By Colin O. Jarrett |
In the Government of Jamaica has spent approximately 18 million dollars on the failed campaign by Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister Kamina Johnson-Smith for the post of Commonwealth Secretary-General.
This was revealed in a statement on Sunday by the Office of the Prime Minister, OPM. According to the OPM, the amount covered air and ground transportation, COVID-19 tests, meals and accommodation and public relations and communications support activities, for staging the events.
This is in addition to roughly 25 million dollars that was spent by the Government on the Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit in Kigali, Rwanda in June that was attended by Prime Minister Andrew Holness and his wife Juliet and a Jamaican delegation thus bringing the total spent to approximately 43 million dollars.
Undisclosed Jamaican private funders donated approximately 15 million dollars for public relations and leadership services from international marketing firm Finn Partners.
The Prime Minister is expected to answer questions in the Parliament related to the cost of the campaign, including whether a foreign-based public relations entity was involved and the source of the funding.
In the end, Johnson-Smith was narrowly defeated by the incumbent, the Dominica-born Baroness Patricia Scotland, 27 to 25.