The first full Heads of Mission Conference (HOMC) under the current administration will convene from the 3rd to the 8th April at the Pegasus Hotel. An Orientation programme for the newly appointed Heads had been previously held from the 18th to 26th July 2016.
This Heads of Mission conference will be held under the theme “Advancing Guyana’s Diplomacy in the 21st Century”. The opening Session of the Conference will be addressed by the President of the Republic, H. E. Mr. David Granger, and Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Carl B. Greenidge. The Conference will provide the Heads of Mission with the opportunity not only to consider a broad agenda of international affairs but also more particularly to familiarize themselves with the dynamics of the nation’s internal development which its diplomacy serves.
The Diplomatic representatives who are expected to attend this Heads of Mission conference are Ambassador to Venezuela, Mrs. Cheryl Miles; Ambassador to Brazil, Mr. George Talbot; Ambassador to Brussels, Mr. David Hales; Ambassador to Cuba, Mr. Halim Majeed, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Mr. Rudolph Ten-Pow; Ambassador to Brazil, Mr. George Talbot; Ambassador to Suriname, Mr. Keith George; Ambassador to the United States of America, Dr Riyad Insanally; Ambassador to Kuwait, Dr Shamir Ally; High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Mr Hamley Case; High Commissioner to Canada, Ms. Clarissa Riehl; High Commissioner to South Africa, Dr Kenrick Hunte; and the Consul-Generals to New York, Toronto, Barbados and Nickerie.
The Conference discuss a wide range of political and economic issues over a period of five days, including the challenges and opportunities presented by the current international situation; the preservation of the nation’s territorial integrity and sovereignty; economic diplomacy; topical and urgent questions relating to the consequences of climate change; and the multipolar nature of modern international economic relations, among other questions.
In addition, Guyana’s foreign relations will be examined with a view to strengthening and expanding traditional relationships, and determining whether diplomatic representation in some areas ought not to be increased or expanded. Guyana’s membership of such Multilateral and Regional institutions such as CARICOM, MERCOSUR, UNASUR, CELAC will also be given extensive consideration.
As is customary, administrative matters will be reviewed to ensure that the affairs of Guyana’s Overseas Missions are effectively and efficiently conducted.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
March 29, 2016.