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New Representative of Suriname to the OAS Presents Credentials

  January 25, 2011

The new Permanent Representative of Suriname to the Organization of American States (OAS), Subhas Chandra Mungra, today presented his credentials to Secretary General José Miguel Insulza, during a ceremony in Washington, DC, that was also attended by the Assistant Secretary General, Albert R. Ramdin, and the Chair of the Permanent Council and Permanent Representative of the United States to the Organization, Carmen Lomellin.

“Cooperation between our organization and the government of your country has been very strong in recent years,” the Secretary General said, addressing the Surinamese Ambassador. “I am happy because I think that your country is very willing to take important responsibilities in the development of our programs of action,” he continued. The head of the OAS highlighted that the Surinamese government has offered to host the hemispheric organization’s conference on education.

Ambassador Chandra Mungra has a distinguished career of service in his country’s government. He has been Minister of Finance, Chairman of the Board of Directors and General Manager of the National Development Bank of Suriname, Minister of Foreign Relations, and Ambassador of Suriname to the United Nations. In the academic world, at the University of Suriname, he has been lecturer on Public Economics and the Economics of Development, and coordinator of Master’s courses on Applied Macroeconomics, Finance and Policy.

During the ceremony, the Surinamese representative asserted that his country’s government continues to share the ideals, objectives and commitments of the OAS in the areas of democracy, human rights, security, education, peace and sustainable development, among others. “My government is committed to contribute to the efforts of the OAS to continue to make progress in the aforementioned areas, which are critical to the needs and aspirations of our peoples,” he said.

“I am honored and privileged to serve my country in this Organization, which is the eldest regional organization and an important hemispheric forum. I will do my best to contribute to further strengthening and deepening cooperation with Member States of the OAS to further enhance the lofty goals and principles of the Organization,” he concluded.

A gallery of photos of the event is available here.

For more information, please visit the OAS Website at

Reference: E-516/11