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Alando N Terrelonge | Kamina and The Commonwealth

Jamaica has blazed enough trails on the sporting tracks of the Commonwealth Games for the world to know what we can do. This appointment would just be another win for Jamaica to the world – presenting a world-class candidate forged by the diplomacy of one love, steadied and girded by a solid education and track record as a geopolitical mover and shaker

PRIMED AND READY Given the tectonic shifts happening in geo-politics, framed in the context of the global COVID-19 pandemic and compounded by the current Russo-Ukrainian conflict, it is not unwise for countries to seek shelter and protection within blocs that represent significant commonalities of principles, values and history – for what it’s worth in this context, history is worth quite a lot. Given our common history and the scalable safety net that the institution can become during these turbulent times, the Commonwealth is the organising framework which holds great hope and promise for all member states

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Senator Kamina Johnson Smith could be the catalyst that breathes new life and renewed meaning into the Commonwealth of Nations; arguably an institution which has mostly represented a space of silent contention with regard to its identity as a union of nations drawn together by a history that perhaps robbed some of their own identity and endowed others with a questionable sense of self and purpose

While the organisation has historically gifted us with shared democratic values and a common language, its relevance in 2022 has been questioned by some member countries. However, with the recent announcement of the candidature of Kamina Johnson Smith for the post of Secretary General, many have been nursing rekindled hopes of relevance and currency when negotiating debates and concerns regarding the “common (potential for) good” of the Commonwealth

I believe that the appointment of Senator Kamina Johnson Smith as Secretary General of the Commonwealth would be a step in the direction towards reshaping the institution in our own image. It is an opportunity for Jamaica’s own pedigree to take centre stage and change the game; to remodel and reshape the Commonwealth into an organisation that belongs to these times.

Jamaica has blazed enough trails on the sporting tracks of the Commonwealth Games for the world to know what we can do. This appointment would just be another win for Jamaica to the world – presenting a world-class candidate forged by the diplomacy of one love, steadied and girded by a solid education and track record as a geopolitical mover and shaker

PRIMED AND READY Given the tectonic shifts happening in geo-politics, framed in the context of the global COVID-19 pandemic and compounded by the current Russo-Ukrainian conflict, it is not unwise for countries to seek shelter and protection within blocs that represent significant commonalities of principles, values and history – for what it’s worth in this context, history is worth quite a lot. Given our common history and the scalable safety net that the institution can become during these turbulent times, the Commonwealth is the organising framework which holds great hope and promise for all member states

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