Fay Pickersgill appointed ambassador to China

Thursday, November 26, 2015

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THE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade has announced the appointment of former director of tourism, Fay Pickersgill, as Jamaica's new ambassador to the People's Republic of China.

In a press release on Tuesday, the ministry said that Pickersgill will assume her new role in the "coming weeks".

She succeeds Ralph Thomas, who was reassigned earlier this year as Jamaica's Head of Mission in Washington, DC.

In his announcement, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Senator AJ Nicholson, QC, said that Pickersgill "is uniquely qualified to serve as Jamaica's top diplomat in Beijing".

" In her lifetime of service, she has proven to be a strong administrator, an experienced negotiator and a tremendous team player, with highly effective communication and inter-personal skills. I am confident that her particular brand of results-oriented and effective leadership will redound to the benefit of the strategic Jamaica-China relationship," Nicholson said.

Pickersgill, he said, will bring a wealth of experience to the new post.

She is currently a council member of both the International University of the Caribbean and the Confucius Institute at the University of the West Indies, Mona, and has been the president of the Jamaica-China Friendship Association since 2008. She has the title of Jamaica's longest-serving director of tourism at the Jamaica Tourist Board, having served in that post from 1994 to 2003. She also served as the founding executive director of the Tourism Action Plan Ltd (1988-1993), which later became the Tourism Product Development Company.

Nicholson said that Pickersgill has also excelled in other areas, serving as consultant project manager for both the Port Authority of Jamaica and Harmonisation Ltd, and authoring the book Jamaica's Fascinating Falmouth.

Meanwhile, Pickersgill holds a bachelor's degree in economics and a master of science degree in accounting from the university of the West Indies (UWI). She was conferred with the Order of Distinction (Commander Class) in 2001, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the tourism sector.

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