I welcome you to King’s House and this ceremony for the presentation of Credentials.
Your Excellencies, I extend a very warm welcome to Jamaica. We assure you that your assignment to our country is a reminder of your country’s interest and a recognition of our value in international relations.
We know there are practical reasons why your countries deploy you to represent them in more than one country in on region. Jamaica does the same.
As we seek to understand each other’s cultures, we will learn much from each other. During the times that you will visit Jamaica, you will get an opportunity to see our culture close up, and see who we are as a people. I hope the features that you experience whether in music, fashion, entertainment, natural beauty, or hospitality, will help to make your stay enjoyable.
You already know a little about us through the world of music and athletics. And we are persistently trying to secure a name in soccer through our Reggae Girlz as they seek to, and dare to, win the World Cup in France later this year. Later this month, our Special Olympics Team will compete in Abu Dhabi as part of our effort ‘to play our part in advancing the welfare of the whole human race’.
Excellencies, I note that you represent three Continents:
• Africa is represented through the Republic of Botswana.
• Europe is represented by the Hellenic Republic (Greece), the Portuguese Republic, and the Republic of Kazakhstan.
• Asia is represented by Malaysia, the Republic of South Korea, and the Republic of Turkey.
We welcome you all, and we trust that your work here will be satisfying and productive, including the specific matters which involve Jamaica and the relationship between our countries.
I encourage you to make use of the network which the Office of The Governor-General can offer. There is a Custos in each of our 14 Parishes, who is the direct representative of The Governor-General. If you wish to visit any of these Parishes, and need any assistance, do not hesitate to contact us through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
I wish for each of you, your staff and your families an enjoyable tour of duty.
Lady Allen and I look forward to seeing you on Thursday evening at Cocktails and Dinner for “A Taste of Jamaica,” where we will share some of the richness of our Jamaican culture.
Welcome again, Thank you for accepting the opportunity to serve in Jamaica, I hope you stay will be mutually beneficial.