Jamaica - Ministry of Labour and Social Security
Mr. Hon. Karl Samuda was appointed Minister of Labour and Social Security of Jamaica in September 2020. He previously served as Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Minister of Industry, Commerce Agriculture & Fisheries as well as Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation (MEGJC). He has also served as a Minister of State in earlier administrations.
Minister Samuda holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Ottawa. Steeped in the discipline of Business Administration, he returned to Jamaica and was employed to Alcan Jamaica Limited and Industrial Gases Limited, before venturing into furniture manufacturing and later farming.
Minister Samuda also served on the Electoral Commission of Jamaica, having previously served an eight-year stint as a member of the Electoral Advisory Committee.
A former General Secretary of the Jamaica Labour Party, Minister Samuda has been the Member of Parliament for St. Andrew, North Central since 1980.