New Foreign Affairs Ministry building formally handed over

Construction work on a new building in downtown Kingston to house the offices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade is now complete.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith (left); and Ambassador of China to Jamaica, His Excellency Tian Qi (right) display the Handover Certificates after they had signed the documents at an official ceremony at the new Foreign Affairs Ministry building in downtown Kingston.
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith (left); and Ambassador of China to Jamaica, His Excellency Tian Qi (right) display the Handover Certificates after they had signed the documents at an official ceremony at the new Foreign Affairs Ministry building in downtown Kingston.

Built on 11,700 square metres by the Jiangsu Jiangdu Construction Group Co. Limited, of China, the 11-storey structure consists of a two-storey annex building, a generator room, boundary wall and parking area.

The building was formally handed over to the Government at a ceremony, held on October 16 at the new Foreign Ministry headquarters, 20 Port Royal Street, downtown Kingston.

Symbolic key

Handover Certificates were signed by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith; and Ambassador of China to Jamaica, His Excellency Tian Qi. A symbolic key of ownership of the building was also handed over to the Ministry by Ambassador Tian Qi.

Speaking at the ceremony, Ambassador Tian Qi said the new building is a testimony of the good relations and friendship between Jamaica and the Republic of China.

He said that he is happy to share in the excitement and “to witness the historical moments of moving into the building”.

“I share the same exciting moments with you,” he said, adding that the Embassy will support the work of the Ministry.