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  April 30, 2008

Ambassador Glenda Morean-Phillip arrived at the Organization of American States (OAS) headquarters in Washington, D.C., today and presented Secretary General José Miguel Insulza her credentials as Trinidad and Tobago’s ninth Permanent Representative.

In brief remarks upon delivering her accreditation letters to the Secretary General, Ambassador Morean-Phillip said she looks forward to continued service to her country at the premier hemispheric forum. “It is indeed an honor and a privilege,” she told the gathering of OAS officials and diplomats on hand to welcome her to the hemispheric organization. Morean-Phillip succeeds Ambassador Marina Valere in the post.

The new Trinidad and Tobago envoy to the OAS, who is also designated as Ambassador to the United States, said she anticipates a very rewarding term of office while in the United States. She was accompanied to the OAS presentation ceremony by her husband Oscar Phillip.

Welcoming the new Ambassador, Secretary General Insulza noted that it was significant that she was presenting credential on the day that the OAS was marking its 60th anniversary. He noted how her expertise and experience would serve the OAS well, and remarked on how distinguished a representative the government of Prime Minister Patrick Manning had sent to serve before the OAS.

In praising Trinidad and Tobago—one of the first Anglo-phone Caribbean countries to join the OAS—for its relevance in the organization and for its impressive development efforts, Secretary General Insulza commented that Trinidad and Tobago’s progress was an encouragement for its own people but also for the Caribbean and the entire hemisphere as well.

Assistant Secretary General Albert Ramdin and Permanent Council Chairman Ambassador Michael King of Barbados were among the many diplomats and OAS officials joining the Secretary General in welcoming the new Trinidad and Tobago Permanent Representative.

Prior to this assignment, the former member of the Senate and former Attorney General served as her government’s envoy to the United Kingdom with multiple accreditations to Germany, Finland, Denmark, Sweden and Norway. She has sat on numerous boards of directors in Trinidad and Tobago, including as: Chair of the Nursing Commission; Commissioner of the Public Utilities Commission; and Deputy Chair of the Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago. Mrs. Morean-Phillip acted as a judge of the Supreme Court of Trinidad and Tobago from 1999 to 2000.

Reference: E-154/08