According to the Jamaica Observer, the island’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Anthony Johnson was selected for the monthly portrait in the December issue of the prestigious London-based Diplomat magazine.
Diplomat is a foreign affairs magazine that focuses on the diplomatic community in London. The 63-year-old magazine provides information on prominent world leaders and governments, offering high-quality analysis, political commentary on world affairs, and interviews with ambassadors. It is essential reading for the diplomatic community and those working in foreign affairs.
As Jamaica’s special representative in London, High Commissioner Anthony Johnson’s mandate is to promote trade and diplomatic relations between the island and Britain. He also serves as non-resident ambassador to Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark.
In an earlier interview with the Diplomat, the high commissioner said that chief among his responsibilities is to tend to the welfare of the Jamaican Diaspora in the UK. He estimates that the number of British people of Jamaican descent, most born in the UK, is now approaching one million. “Today, there are probably as many Jamaicans outside the island as there are living in Jamaica, and they send $2.8 billion a year back to Jamaica. With the second and third generations, links with the country are loosened, but it is our business to ensure that the Diaspora stays focused and interested in Jamaica,” he said.
Since May, Johnson has visited a number of UK cities to meet with Diaspora groups and businesses persons. In September, he officially launched the Jamaica Diaspora Web Portal. The high commission has been encouraging Jamaicans to enter into the field of business and teach their children to appreciate the island’s rich and diverse heritage and culture.