Ministry of Foreign Affairs
& Foreign Trade
Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith
Senator the Honourable Kamina Johnson Smith is an Attorney-at-Law by profession, with approximately
15 years at the Jamaican Bar. In 2014 she opened her own law firm, after serving as Company Secretary
and Head of Corporate Affairs and Projects (Legal) of Cable & Wireless Jamaica Limited.
On 7th March 2016, she recceived her appointment as the Minister of Foreign Affairs
and Foreign Trade of Jamaica
In December 2009, Minister Johnson Smith was appointed Government Senator and from January
2012, served as an Opposition Senator with the responsibility of Opposition Whip. She was also appointed
the spokesperson on Education and Youth in Frbruary 2015.
In addition to her portfolio responsibilities, the Minister has a keen interest in governance,
education, youth and gender affairs, and has successfully tabled Parliamentary motions regarding
public sector governance, reintegration of teen mothers in in the formal school system, and the
review of laws related to violence against women, children, the elderly and persons living with disabilities.
Senator Johnson Smith holds a Master of Laws in Commercial Law from the London School of Economics and Political
Science, a Bachelor of Laws from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill and a Bachelor of Arts
in French and International Relations from the University of the West Indies, Mona. During her years at Cave Hill,
the Minister also pursued courses in various aspects of Public and Private International Law.
She also subsequently completed professional certificates, including areas such as Legal and
Diplomatic French in Guadeloupe as well as Negotiation at the Harvard Law School Professional
Programme in Boston, Massachusetts.
She is also a graduate of the Norman Manley Law School where she was Valedictorian, the recipient
of awards in Legal Remedies and Advocacy and represented the School as Lead Advocate in mooting
competitions in Trinidad and Tobago and Malaysia.
Being highly committed to public service and volunteerism, the Minister recently served as a member
of the Advisory Board of the iLead Education Reform Project sponsored by the Jamaica National
Foundation. She has successfully managed several philantropic projects of the LIME Foundation,
including international conferences on Children and Internet Safety and the establishment of a
computer centre and training programme at the Athlone Wing of the Sir John Golding Rehabilition
Centre, a residential home for disadvantaged children living with physical disabilities. She
served on the Corporate Governance Committee of the the Private Sector Organization of
Jamaica (PSOJ) for six (6) years and has also sesrved as Director of the Factories Corporation
of Jamaica and the Early Childhood Commission.
Minister Johnson Smith was born in St. Andrew, Jamaica, and is married. Her recreational activities
include sports, yoga, reading, and dance.
The minister believes passionately that Jamaica's best days still lie ahead and is committed
toplaying her part in seeing them realized.