Acting Prime Minister and Minister of External Affairs Honourable Alva Baptiste has ended weeks of speculation and formally announced the appointment of three (3) new Saint Lucian Ambassadors. Baptiste who had promised that the new Saint Lucia Labour Party Administration would adopt a positive and pragmatic approach to its foreign relations, had immediately upon assuming office, commissioned a foreign policy review under the chairmanship of distinguished former Prime Minister and International Relations Expert – Dr. Vaughan Lewis.
In charting a new international relations course for our country, the Government of Saint Lucia is pleased to announce new diplomatic postings for the United Nations, Canada and the French Overseas Departments of Martinique, Guadeloupe and French Guiana (Cayenne).
Ambassador Menissa Rambally has been appointed to the Post of Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York; and at only thirty-six years of age, she has been to almost every peak of political endeavour. Menissa Rambally rewrote the pages of Caribbean history when she was elected to the Saint Lucia Parliament on 23rd May 1997 at age 21: making her the youngest elected Member of Parliament throughout the English speaking Commonwealth in the 20th Century. Three years later at the turn of the century, she became the youngest person in contemporary Caribbean politics to hold full ministerial office, first presiding over the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation – and later the Ministry of Social Transformation.
Over the past five years Menissa Rambally worked full time in the wider Caribbean region as a Political Consultant and a social policy adviser on social programmes and initiatives. One of her celebrated achievements was overseeing the creation of a system of Local Government in Barbados that resulted in the setting up of Constituency Councils across the island. Ms Rambally is the holder of a BSc in Business Administration.
The new head of Saint Lucia’s Diplomatic Mission in Canada is Consul General Michael Willius. The holder of a BSc. in Management Studies from the University of the West Indies, Michael Willius is an accomplished and experienced management practitioner. He has held some very strategic positions in both the public service and statutory corporations including serving as an Agricultural Economist in the Ministry of Agriculture; Trading Manager (Saint Lucia), Caribbean Agricultural Trading Company; General Manager, Saint Lucia Marketing Board; Managing Director, Packaging Solutions Ltd.; and Chief Executive Officer, (Saint Lucia) Free Zone Management Authority.
Michael Willius has also served as President of the Rotary Club of Saint Lucia South; President of the Saint Lucia Industrial and Small Business Association (SLISBA); a Director of the National Development Corporation; a Director of Windward & Leeward Brewery Ltd.; a Director of the Free Zone Management Authority; Chairman of the Southern Tourism Development Corporation; and Chairman of the Southern Development Corporation.
And the new face of Saint Lucia’s Foreign Mission to the French Overseas Departments of Martinique, Guadeloupe and French Guiana (based in Martinique); is Consul General Yasmine Walcott. Ms. Walcott is the holder of an undergraduate degree in Public and Private Law, a Bachelor’s degree in International Law, a Master’s degree in International Law and a Diploma in International Public Administration, with all these studies done in France. Ms. Walcott has served Saint Lucia in a multiplicity of positions.
She represented Saint Lucia proudly at the Miss World beauty pageant in South Africa in 1994 and she was the Managing Director of Executive Club Caribbean Ltd. She has also served as Marketing Officer of the Saint Lucia Tourist Board both in Atlanta Georgia and Saint Lucia, as well as a Project Officer with the Office of Private Sector Relations (OPSR) and the National Authorizing Office (NAO). Yasmine Walcott has also held the positions of Executive Director of the Saint Lucia Medical and Dental Council, Project Manager at Almond Smugglers Cove; Public Relations Officer at Sandals Regency and Teacher at Saint Joseph’s Convent.
As the new Saint Lucian diplomats assume their roles with a mandate to explore new frontiers of opportunity for our development; the Government of Saint Lucia also wishes to thank former UN Ambassador Dr. Donatus Keith St. Aimee, former Consul General to Canada Stephen Julien, and former Consul General to Martinique Keats Compton; for their services to our country, and we wish them well in their future endeavours.