Cabinet recently approved the appointment of a number of new senior diplomats as follows:
His Excellency Mr. Reuben Rahming, Non-Resident High Commissioner designate of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas to the Cooperative Republic of Guyana will be replacing H.E. Mr. Picewell Forbes. Prior to this appointment, Ambassador Rahming served in a number of positions in both the public and private sectors. Most recently, he was Principal of BFMS Ltd. & Epiphany Transit in New Providence, The Bahamas. Before then, the Ambassador designate was the Executive Manager of the Sheraton Grand Hotel on Paradise Island in The Bahamas. Additionally, he has served as a consultant for Government ministries and private organisations.
His Excellency Rahming has also received several awards including the Citizen Heritage Award in 2010. Ambassador designate Rahming attained a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the Baptist Christian College in Shreveport, Louisiana and a Post Graduate Degree in Philosophy from the Universal Bible College in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Diplomatic relations between the Cooperative Republic of Guyana and the Commonwealth of The Bahamas were established on July 10, 1973.
His Excellency Mr. Narciso Reinaldo Armador Socorro, Reisdent Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary designate of the Republic of Cuba to the Cooperative Republic of Guyana will be replacing H.E. Ambassador Julio Cesar Gonzales Marchante. Ambassador Socorro has spent decades working in the fields of tourism, education and diplomacy.
Most recently, Ambassador Socorro has served as Coordinator of the Group of Analysis of the Press, Communication and Image Division of the Ministry of Foreign Relations. In 2010 the Ambassador designate was appointed to the position of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Cuba to the Republic of Cuba to the Republic of Cape Verde. Prior to that, he served as First Secretary of the Official of the Central American and Mexico Group of the Latin America and Caribbean Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. H.E. Socorro is a graduate of the “Raul Roa” High Institute of Foreign Affairs in Havana, Cuba.
Diplomatic relations between the Cooperative Republic of Guyana and the Republic of Cuba were established on December 8, 1972. Since then, both countries have maintained a strong bilateral relationship.
The Guyana/Cuba Joint Commission which covers economic, scientific and technical cooperation is just one of the many examples of exchange and cooperation. Additionally, there are bilateral agreements in the areas of air services, international drug trafficking, scholarships and technical expertise along with mutual interest in the areas of sustainable development, economic equity and social justice.
Cabinet has approved the appointment of His Excellency Mr. David Solomania, Non-Resident Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary designate of Georgia to the Cooperative Republic of Guyana. Ambassador designate Solomania will replace H.E. Mr. Otar Berdzenishvili. Solomania has had a long career within Georgia’s Foreign Ministry and has served in several positions in overseas Missions.
Most recently, Solomania served as Director of the European Union Integration Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He previously served as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Georgia in Brussels, Belgium. Prior to joining the Diplomatic Service of Georgia in 1994, Mr. Solomania attained a Bachelor’s degree in Mining from the Georgian Technical University and also attended the Clingendael Institute of International Relations in The Hague, Netherlands. Ambassador Solomania will reside in Brasilia.
Formal diplomatic relations between the Cooperative Republic of Guyana and the Georgia were established on April 23, 2012.
His Excellency Mr. Neville Melvin Gertze, has been appointed Non-Resident High Commissioner designate of the Republic of Namibia to the Cooperative Republic of Guyana. H.E. Mr. Gertze has held a long career in the diplomacy. Currently, he serves as Ambassador to the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Namibia to the United Nations in New York, United States of America.
He has previously held several positions within Namibia’s Missions including Chief of Protocol in the Republic of Namibia and prior to that Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany. Ambassador designate Gertze attained a Bachelor’s of Social Science in Public Administration
and Political Science from the University of Cape Town, South Africa in 1988 Ambassador Gertze and a Master’s in Business Administration from Midrand Graduate Institute in South Africa. Mr. Gertze will reside in New York, United States of America.
Formal diplomatic relations between the Cooperative Republic of Guyana and the Republic of Namibia were established on November 3, 1994. Guyana and Namibia enjoy relations at a bilateral and multilateral level through the United Nations, the Commonwealth and the African Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP).
Holy SEE Vatican
Cabinet has approved the appointment of H.E. the Most Reverend Fortunatus Nwachukwu to Apostolic Nuncio of the Holy See designate to the Cooperative Republic of Guyana. He was ordained a priest on June 17, 1984 with incardination in the Diocese of Aba, Nigeria. He previously served in Apostolic Nunciatures-Holy See Embassies in Ghana, Paraguay, Algeria, at the UN Offices and Specialized Institutions in Geneva, and at the Secretariat of State at the Vatican-Section of Relation with States.
Formal diplomatic relations between the Cooperative Republic of Guyana and the Holy See were established on June 9, 1997.Through CARICOM, Guyana works with the Holy See in the Third Committee in the areas of human rights and humanitarian affairs. Guyana and the Holy See also share common interests on issues such as the resolution of disputes through the promotion of dialogue and negotiation and the preservation of international peace.
St. Kitts and Nevis
Cabinet has approved the appointment of Guyanese national, Ms. Vivienne Alleyene as the Honorary Consul designate of the Cooperative Guyana to the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis. Ms. Alleyene has resided in St. Kitts and Nevis for over 24 years and has had an extensive career in law. She is currently an Attorney-at-Law of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court in St. Kitts and Nevis. The appointment of Ms. Alleyene is expected to promote trade and further the development of bilateral relations between the two countries.
Since 2015, the Consulate of Guyana in Barbados has been servicing the needs of Guyanese nationals living in the twin islands.