Apr 07, 2016 News
Government has named a new Ambassador to the United States. He is 57-year-old Dr. Riyad Insanally, who until recently was the representative of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Trinidad and Tobago. Insanally will replace long-serving Bayney Karran who has been posted to China.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Kenrick Hunte, was also named the new High Commissioner of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana to South Africa after approval was granted by that country.
Cita Pilgrim will be the new Consul General of Barbados while Shirley Melville will be representing Guyana as the Consul General in Boa Vista, Brazil.
So far, the Ministry said yesterday, it has named nine persons to head its Embassies and High Commissions overseas.
They are for Venezuela- Cheryl Miles; Suriname – Keith George; George Talbot – Brazil; Belgium-David Hales; London – Hamley Case; Canada – Clarissa Riehl; Cuba -Halim Majeed; China – Bayney Karran and South Africa – Dr. Kenneth Hunte.
With regard to the consulates, Esther Griffith heads up Nickerie, Suriname; Shirley Melville for Boa Vista, Brazil and Cita Pilgrim, Bridgetown, Barbados.
Dr. Insanally, the new Ambassador to the US, has been the OAS Representative in Trinidad and Tobago since April 2008. Prior to his appointment, he was an Advisor to the OAS Assistant Secretary General in Washington, DC.
Before joining the OAS in September 2006, Dr. Insanally represented Guyana’s sugar interests in Europe (2004-2006), serving concurrently as Senior Trade Advisor at the Guyana High Commission in London and Commercial Representative of the Guyana Sugar Corporation.
He was Political Advisor to the first two Secretaries General of the Association of Caribbean States (1997-2003), in Port of Spain, and served as a Senior Foreign Service Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Guyana (1990-1997), specialising in multilateral diplomacy and regional integration issues. He was also a Lecturer in Spanish at the University of Guyana from 1981 to 1984.
The US has been pushing for stronger ties in Guyana and has established a drug enforcement office here. With US-owned ExxonMobil finding oil here, cooperation has been increasing.
Dr. Hunte, who is an economist, has published several pieces and specializes in money and banking and rural finance.
He was the Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director, 1985-1994; Deputy General Manager and Senior Project Officer, 1984; Senior Loan Administration and Research Officer, 1980-1984, Guyana Agricultural and Industrial Development Bank (GAIBANK), Georgetown, Guyana, (July 1980-January 1994).
With regard to Pilgrim, she has experience in banking, human resources and languages.
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