The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced four key appointments that Foreign Affairs Minister Hugh Todd hopes will add to the improvement of Guyana’s foreign relations.
Former Foreign Minister, Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett, who up to recently was employed at the Food and Agriculture Organisation, will serve as Guyana’s new Ambassador to the United Nations. She will also take up Guyana’s seat as Chair of the Group of 77 plus China.
Rodrigues-Birkett who stepped away from local politics following the 2015 elections and moved out of Guyana served as Foreign Minister and Minister of Amerindian Affairs under two different PPP governments.
Minister Hugh Todd has also announced the appointment of former Foreign Minister and Foreign Secretary under the APNU+AFC government, Carl Greenidge as his new Advisor on Borders.
The PPP announced just after it took office that it would have been retaining Greenidge as he is the co-agent of Guyana’s case against Venezuela before the International Court of Justice.
The Foreign Ministry has also announced the return of Robert Persaud in Government. Persaud who had announced a sabbatical when the PPP lost the 2015 elections will now serve as the Foreign Secretary, a position that was created by the former APNU+AFC government when its Foreign Minister at the time Carl Greenidge, was forced to resign from Parliament because of his dual citizenship.
Persaud has been a rising star in the PPP moving from Information Liaison to Minister of Agriculture and eventually Minister of Natural Resources.
And the Foreign Minister announced on Monday evening that former Director General in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Audrey Waddle will be returning to the Ministry full time as its new Permanent Secretary.
Waddle was removed from the Director General’s position as the former Government changed that position into a Permanent Secretary’s position. Former President David Granger had announced that she had been earmarked for an appointment abroad. That appointment was never made.
Foreign Minister Hugh Todd is expected to make a number of other appointments at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the coming days, including several major diplomatic appointments.