Jamaica Observer / KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, today announced the appointment of Kathryn Phipps as Ambassador-designate to Cuba. She will succeed Ambassador A’Dale Robinson who will reassume duties at the ministry. “With her experience, keen interest and understanding of international law, particularly laws relating to international trade and organisations within the Caribbean region, I believe that Ms Phipps’ appointment as ambassador-designate to Cuba aligns with the administration’s goal of wider trade linkages and stronger technical cooperation across the region,” said Johnson Smith in a release today. The ministry said Phipps is an attorney-at-law with over 30 years of experience in that field and currently chairs the Medical Appeals Tribunals.
She is also a member of the committee to review Jamaica’s justice system and previously chaired the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) and the Nurses Appeal Tribunal. “A philanthropist at heart, Phipps continues to support the country in a range of social development areas, including membership of the Boards of the South East Regional Health Authority and the GC Foster College for Sports and Physical Education,” stated the Foreign Affairs Ministry. “In 2000, Phipps was selected to participate in the US Department of States’ International Visitor Programme. She has also observed the South Dakota, Portland, Louisiana and the District of Colombia’s general elections, with a focus on acknowledging and encouraging civil society participation in the electoral and democratic processes and institutions”. The ministry informed that Phipps is expected to commence her tour of duty in Cuba in early May 2018.