The Government of Jamaica has appointed veteran banker, Christopher Chaplain, as the new Honorary Consul to the State of Pennsylvania in the United States of America. The announcement was made by Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Sen. the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith on Monday, April 29.
Chaplain, who replaces the late Dr. Alston Meade, has extensive banking experience in Jamaica and the United States and has worked for premier financial institutions in both countries. He is a Senior Associate of Opportunity Finance Network and co-owner of the New York-based public relations firm Hard Beat Communications.
“Mr. Chaplain has a solid track record in serving Jamaica’s interest overseas. He brings to this post a wealth of experience, and will no doubt bring a vibrant and renewed energy to the execution of consular duties in Pennsylvania and increased engagement with the Diaspora in that part of the United States,” said the Foreign Minister.
In response to the new post, Chaplain noted, “I am greatly honoured that the Government of Jamaica, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, has seen it fit to appoint me to this very important position. It is a position in which I am strongly committed to serving Jamaica’s interests in the state of Pennsylvania.” Chaplain is a member of the Mayor’s Commission on African and Caribbean Immigrant Affairs for the City of Philadelphia. He also received the Award of Excellence from the African and Caribbean Business Council for his leadership in the African and Caribbean community during the 2010 US Census.
He is the founder of the Canada Hall Scholarship Fund and the founding president of the St. George’s College Old Boys Association of the Northeast.
Mr. Chaplain holds a BSc. in Industrial Engineering from The University of the West Indies (St. Augustine) and an MBA from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He has been married for 26 years, to Margaret and the couple has two sons.