Senator the Honourable Dr. Amery Browne, Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs presented Instrument of Appointment on behalf of Dr. Keith Rowley, Prime Minster of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, to Mr. Dennis Francis, new Head of Mission, on 19th May, 2021 at the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs. His Excellency Dennis Francis will assume duties as the Permanent Representative of Trinidad and Tobago to the United Nations, New York.
During the brief presentation ceremony, Minister Browne congratulated Ambassador Francis on his appointment and thanked him for his willingness to serve Trinidad and Tobago. The Minister indicated that His Excellency would be guided by the Government’s policy framework which underscores that the Ministry of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs and its diplomatic network of overseas missions must be the frontline of projecting the interests of Trinidad and Tobago internationally.
Ambassador Francis has considerable experience in international relations and diplomacy, having worked for 38 years as a career diplomat at the Ministry of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs until his retirement in 2016. His Excellency brings a wealth of knowledge to the position of Permanent Representative of Trinidad and Tobago to the United Nations, New York, having served in an extensive number of positions in the Foreign Service of Trinidad and Tobago including: Ambassador (non-resident) and Director, Multilateral Relations Division, Ministry of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs from 2011 to 2016; Permanent Representative of Trinidad and Tobago to the United Nations, Geneva from 2006 to 2011; High Commissioner of Trinidad and Tobago to Jamaica from 2000 to 2006; and Deputy Consul General and Consul for Trade, Investment and Economic Affairs for the Consulate General of Trinidad General of Trinidad and Tobago in Toronto, Canada from 1988 to 1996. His Excellency Dennis Francis holds a Post Graduate Diploma in International Relations from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and a Master of Arts in International Affairs, School of Advances International Studies, The John Hopkins University, Washington, D.C.