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Angella Comfort is Jamaica's next high commissioner to South Africa

Published:Saturday | April 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Career diplomat Angella Comfort has been tapped to become Jamaica's next high commissioner to the Republic of South Africa. The disclosure was made recently by Kamina Johnson Smith, minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade.

"Mrs Comfort's wealth of bilateral, regional, and multilateral experience will redound well for Jamaica-South Africa relations and do much to move us further along that collaborative trajectory," said Johnson Smith.

Comfort will assume duties in Pretoria in mid-May 2018, having replaced High Commissioner Cheryl Spencer, who served a three-year stint as Jamaica's top diplomat in that country.

Comfort joined the Jamaican Foreign Service in 1981 and has held the position of director of the Caribbean and Americas Department in the Foreign Ministry since 2012.




Her previous posts in the Foreign Service include deputy permanent representative of Jamaica to the United Nations in the Permanent Mission of Jamaica to the United Nations (UN) in New York. She also has previously served on two occasions at the Jamaican High Commission in London, including as counsellor for economic affairs.

During her tenure at the Permanent Mission of Jamaica to the UN, Comfort served as chair of the Group of Latin American and the Caribbean Countries; acting permanent representative to the UN; a member of the UN Credentials Committee, as well as vice-chair of the UN Committee on Conferences.

The career diplomat graduated from the University of Westminster, London, with a bachelor of arts in the social sciences. She also has a master of science in economics from Birkbeck College, University of London, and specialised training in diplomacy and public-sector management.