Jamaica’s Ambassador-designate to Belgium and Head of Mission to the EU- Mrs Symone Betton Nayo


Mrs Betton Nayo, a career diplomat, has been a member of the Jamaican Foreign Service for over twenty-five years.  Prior to her assignment to the Embassy, the Ambassador-designate served as Director in the Foreign Trade Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Jamaica, where she was responsible for overseeing the implementation of Jamaica’s commitments relating to the CARIFORUM-European Union (EU) Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA); and the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). She was also lead technical negotiator for Jamaica in the CARIFORUM-UK negotiations for a CARIFORUM-UK EPA, post Brexit.

Mrs Betton Nayo has extensive experience in the area of foreign trade. She previously served as Minister Counsellor at the Embassy of Jamaica, Brussels, (2010-2015); and First Secretary at the Permanent Mission of Jamaica to the United Nations and its Specialised Agencies at Geneva (1999-2006). 

Mrs Betton Nayo holds a Master’s degree in International Law and Economics (MILE) from the World Trade Institute, University of Bern, Switzerland.   She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of the West Indies.

The Ambassador-designate assumed duties at the Embassy on 29th March 2021, and will serve concurrently as Jamaica’s Ambassador to France, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Monaco.

The Ambassador-designate is married and has one daughter.