Embassy of Guyana
Embassy of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana
No. 1 Xiu Shui Dong Jie
Jian Guo Men Wai
His Excellency Mr. Bayney Karran was appointed as Guyana’s Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China after fulfilling the roles of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Guyana to the United States of America and as Guyana’s Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS) in December, 2003.
Ambassador Karran also held the position of Dean of the Diplomatic Corps of the OAS and was also the longest serving Chief of Mission from the Western Hemisphere to the United States.
He was first appointed an Ambassador in November, 1996. He has previously served as Guyana’s Ambassador to Venezuela (1997-2003) with concurrent accreditations to Chile, Colombia and Ecuador. Currently he is accredited as Guyana’s non-resident Ambassador to Mexico, Panama and Costa Rica.
Ambassador Karran has held the positions of Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Permanent Council of the OAS, Chairman of the Committee on Hemispheric Security and has participated in OAS missions to China, Ecuador, Haiti, and the Organization of African Unity.
During his tour of duty at the OAS he has played an integral role in critical issues facing the Organization. Under the Ambassador’s Chairmanship of the Permanent Council in 2011, the Council concluded a review of the Inter-American Human Rights System, adopted the Social Charter of the Americas and concluded the 20th Anniversary review of the Inter-American Democratic Charter. He was Guyana’s signatory to the Inter American Democratic Charter when it was signed on September 11, 2001.
Over the past two decades, Ambassador Karran has participated as the head of Guyana’s delegation or as senior delegate to numerous summits and ministerial meetings at key global and multilateral institutions including the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), the Organization of American States (OAS) General Assembly, Summits of the Americas, the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), the Rio Group, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO).
He has also served as Guyana’s Alternate Governor at the Inter-American Development Bank and undertaken similar functions at World Bank/IMF Meetings where he participated in negotiations to secure debt relief for Guyana and other highly indebted countries.
In addition, he was a member of Guyana’s legal team at the hearings held by the UN International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea which demarcated the international maritime boundary between Guyana and Suriname.
Ambassador Karran has lectured widely on issues such as Integral Development, Regional Security and Climate Change concerning the CARICOM region and the Western hemisphere.
Under the Ambassador’s direction, the Embassy of Guyana conducts Guyana’s bilateral affairs with the United States, provides consular services for Guyanese nationals, grants support for commercial, cultural, and community relations to the extensive Guyanese diaspora in the United States and supervises the functions of Guyanese Consulates in the US.
Prior to his diplomatic appointments Ambassador Karran pursued careers as a legal practitioner and a radio broadcaster and he served on various boards of directorate.
He worked as a radio broadcaster and producer before serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Guyana Broadcasting Corporation and a director of the Guyana National Television Service.
Ambassador Karran careered as an Attorney at Law from 1984 to 1996, and was a partner in the Law firm of de Caires, Fitzpatrick and Karran. He provided legal advice and representation to public and private entities in civil as well as criminal proceedings. He is a founder and Director of the Guyana Legal Aid Clinic, founded in 1994, a non-profit organization which provides free legal services to the poor.
Pursuant to his commitment to Education and to the development of Youth, the Ambassador has served as a member of the Board of Governors of the University of Guyana and as Vice President of the Young Americas Business Trust, an international organization affiliated to the OAS, which is dedicated to promoting youth entrepreneurship in the Americas.
He has served on various other Boards and Committees particularly in the areas of legal rights and services.
In 2003 Ambassador Karran was awarded the Order of the Liberator in the First Class by the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela for his role in improving and strengthening the bilateral relationship between Guyana and Venezuela.
Bayney Karran was born in 1957. He was educated at the University of Guyana, the University of the West Indies in Barbados and at the Sir Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad and Tobago. He and his wife, Donna, are the parents of three children and grandparents of two.