Ambassador Sheila Sealy Monteith’s accreditation as Jamaica’s head of mission to the European Union was formalised on April 11 when she was received by the president of the European Council, Donald Tusk.
This follows her presentation, on January 31, 2018, of letters of credence to the King of the Belgians at the Royal Palace, formally accrediting her as ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of Jamaica to the Kingdom of Belgium.
Only days later, Jamaica assumed the presidency of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Council of Ministers for the period February 1, 2018 to July 31, 2018.
Ambassador Sealy Monteith commenced duties as the chairman of the Committee of Ambassadors for the corresponding period.
Prior to taking up duties as Jamaica’s ambassador to Belgium and the permanent representative to the European Union and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation in December last year, Sealy Monteith was under-secretary for multilateral affairs in the Foreign Affairs Ministry.
The foreign ministry said her posting comes at a time when Jamaica’s relations with the European Union are taking on renewed significance as a result of the country’s leadership of the ACP Group of States, in its preparation for negotiations with the European Union for a successor arrangement to the Cotonou Agreement.
Sealy Monteith is a career diplomat of 31 years, who served as ambassador to Mexico with concurrent accreditation to Central America. She was also high commissioner to Belize from 2005 to 2010, and high commissioner to Canada from 2010 to 2014.