Longtime career diplomat and former Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Elisabeth Harper has been appointed as the new Permanent Secretary for the Ministry, replacing Ambassador Audrey Waddle.
Waddle is expected to stay on at the Ministry but in a new role. That new role is still to be determined. Last December, Waddle herself was removed as Director-General under the former government as the position was turned into a Permanent Secretary’s position. She was rehired by the new PPP government just after it took office in August and landed the post of Permanent Secretary.
It was Waddle who replaced Harper in 2015 when Ms. Harper left the job to be the PPP’s Prime Ministerial Candidate in a losing bid.
Harper was rehired by the APNU+AFC government as a Consultant in 2016 and worked closely with the Ministry on several international matters.
Ambassador Harper is a well-respected Diplomat who worked her way up at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs over a number of decades.
She has always commanded the respect of the various political parties and their leaders in Guyana.
After her losing bid to become the country’s Prime Minister, Harper refused a seat in Parliament to represent the party.
At the time, she said her decision not to go into parliament was a principled one. Her work at the Foreign Ministry continued in her consultant role throughout the APNU+AFC’s time in office.