Antoine confirmed as UN Head of Mission

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 07:45

The Minister of Foreign Affairs has officially appointed Makeda Antoine as the new Head of Mission to the United Nation.

It follows some controversy over whether she is qualified for the job.

But the Ministry issued the following statement on Tuesday, confirming the appointment.

"Senator the Honourable Dennis Moses, Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs presented the Instrument of Appointment on behalf of Dr. The Honourable Keith Rowley, Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, to Ms. Makeda Antoine, new Head of Mission, on 13th November, 2017 at the Ministry of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs.

Her Excellency Makeda Antoine will assume duties as the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to the United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.

During the brief presentation ceremony, 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."