Welcome

Germany and Jamaica sign Agreement to permit gainful employment of diplomatic spouses and dependents

Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Jamaica, and German Ambassador Dr. Bernd von Münchow-Pohl

Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Jamaica, and German Ambassador Dr. Bernd von Münchow-Pohl, © GerEmb

14.11.2019 - Article

On 14 November 2019, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Jamaica, and German Ambassador Dr. Bernd von Münchow-Pohl signed a bilateral Agreement...

On 14 November 2019, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Jamaica, and German Ambassador Dr. Bernd von Münchow-Pohl signed a bilateral agreement permitting spouses and other dependents of Jamaican and German diplomatic and career consular personnel to seek employment in their respective host country. Under international law as defined in the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, the immunities and privileges accorded to diplomats and their family members normally exclude this, unless specified otherwise by the parties concerned.  

In order to remain an attractive employer in the 21st century and in sync with the social realities of the country which German diplomats represent  abroad, the German Foreign Ministry has concluded a growing number of such  agreements around the world, in an effort to remove the legal barriers which so far prevented the family members of its diplomatic and career consular staff abroad to find gainful work. Jamaica has now been added to this list as the 45th partner country, a step which was warmly welcomed by Minister Johnson Smith.

Top of page