Lack of Guyanese diplomats of African-descent exposed during Bharrat Jagdeo law suit of Kaieteur News, forced PPP to select a few this time around
New diplomatic appointments announced
Barbados gets Consul-General, Sattie Sawh confirmed for Canada
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday announced six new diplomatic postings, includingthe creation of a Consul General post for Barbados to handle immigration and trade matters there.
Michael Brotherson, who joined the foreign services in 1991, has been identified as the country’s first Consul General in Barbados. Norman Faria had been the Honorary Consul until his death in May 2010, affecting such things as the renewals of passports for the thousands of Guyanese who live and work on the island.
According to the Minister, the idea to establish a permanent diplomatic post in Barbados also has to do with the likelihood of increasing trade with that tourist-rich island. Additionally, Barbados will serve as a base for consular work for neighbouring islands, including Antigua.
Brotherson has served in several posts including in the capacity of the CARICOM Desk Officer and Head of the Information Unit. He also served at the Guyana Embassy in London and in recent times at the Office of Climate Change.
Keith George, who until recently was the Director of Frontiers Division of the Ministry, will be Guyana’s new Ambassador to Suriname. He has been with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the past 19 years and has been instrumental in work to protect the country’s maritime borders.
He also led the team at the Ministry that helped prepare the submissions for an extended continental shelf.
Sattie Sawh, wife of murdered former Minister of Agriculture, Sash Sawh, has now been confirmed to head the country’s Consulate General in Canada, a position she has been acting in since 2010. She has served as the Trade Attaché there since 2006. She was the former Chief Executive Officer of the Guyana Export Promotion Council and the Administrator of the Office of the Ombudsman in Guyana.
The Ministry has a new Chief-of-Protocol and she is Esther Griffith, a 22 year veteran in the Foreign Ministry. Since 2004, she has been responsible for the administration of the Protocol Division, coordinating arrangements for several summits and meetings hosted by Guyana.
Audrey Jardine-Waddell, the Director of the Americas and Asia Division, will be the Ambassador to UNASUR. She joined the Foreign Service in 1985 and had several local and overseas assignations, serving at embassies in Caracas, Brasilia and Cuba. During Guyana’s Chairmanship of UNASUR, she was appointed Head of that body’s Pro-Tempore Secretariat.
George Talbot has been a long time representative of Guyana at the United Nations, working at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the past 18 years. He will be Guyana’s new Ambassador to the United Nations.
Until recently, he was the Charge d’Affaires of the Permanent Mission to the United Nations, working on economic, social and political issues, serving in several capacities of that body.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett, during the announcement at her office on South Road yesterday, denied that the moves were linked to an ongoing court case filed by former President Bharrat Jagdeo and Kaieteur News columnist, Freddie Kissoon. During that court case, there were suggestions that there were not any significant diplomatic postings for persons of African-descent under the Jagdeo-led administrations.