Re-appointment of Secretary General: Dominica’s Baroness Patricia Scotland Seeking 2nd Term

by: - June 22, 2022
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Commonwealth Secretary-General, Dominican-born, the Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC

Leaders of all 54 Commonwealth countries are meeting in Kigali, Rwanda, for the biennial summit, Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), to discuss among other things, the reappointment of the Commonwealth Secretary-General.

Dominica’s Baroness Patricia Scotland who is the current Secretary-General is seeking a second term in office.

She assumed the role in 2016, and her four-year term was temporarily extended in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The UK, among others, has been critical of the Secretariat’s governance and financial stability.

Her significant challenger is Jamaican Foreign Minister Kamina Johnson-Smith.

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Smith has the backing of the UK, India, and Belize.

However, Scotland has been supported to serve a second term by the Commonwealth of Dominica, the country of her birth and also supported by Antigua and Barbuda.