Trinidad Express / IT is confirmed.
“Her Excellency” Makeda Antoine will be assuming duties as Ambassador of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to the Permanent Mission of the United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.
In a statement on Tuesday, the Ministry of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs said that on Monday, Minister Dennis Moses presented the instrument of appointment on behalf of Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley.
The Express reported on Sunday that there was concern by some that Antoine did not have the requisite experience for the job.
The Ministry’s statement read: “Minister Moses congratulated Ambassador Antoine on her appointment and thanked her for her willingness to serve Trinidad and Tobago. The Minister informed that the Government looked forward to deepening bilateral and multilateral partnerships for the benefit of the citizens now and for generations to come. He further indicated that Her Excellency would be guided by the Government’s policy framework which underscores that the Ministry of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs and its diplomatic network of overseas missions must be the frontline of projecting the interests of Trinidad and Tobago internationally. “
“Additionally, Minister Moses specified that the role of the new Head of Mission is critical to advancing our nation’s development as articulated in our domestic and foreign policies. The Minister highlighted trade and investment, tourism, security collaborations, energy, education, agriculture and small business and entrepreneurship as some of the key areas of the national development agenda that form part of the remit to be advanced by Ambassador Antoine, as circumstances warrant”.