Planning Minister and T&T’s new Head of Mission target poverty, climate change, infrastructural development, non-communicable diseases and national data collection
Planning and Development Minister Camille Robinson-Regis hosted a diplomatic visit with His Excellency Dennis Francis, newly appointed Head of Mission and Permanent Representative of Trinidad and Tobago to the United Nations, New York on Tuesday July 20, 2021.
The discussion focused on enhanced collaboration between Trinidad and Tobago and the United Nations regarding technical and other assistance in furtherance of Trinidad and Tobago’s development goals as well as the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Minister Robinson-Regis, in the context of Trinidad and Tobago’s long history with the UN congratulated the Permanent Representative, and stated her belief in the difference HE Dennis Francis will make. The Permanent Representative expressed his willingness to serve Trinidad and Tobago in the UN System and underscored his passion for Trinidad and Tobago’s overall development.
Minister Robinson-Regis and the Head of Mission outlined Trinidad and Tobago’s national data collection system as one area the Mission can gain additional assistance from the UN, with the aim of bolstering T&T’s national data for the enhancement of business, government decision making and improving day to day living. The Planning Minister also emphasised the government’s plans to support citizens, especially with the current global challenges and outlined poverty, climate change and infrastructural development as other areas of focus for the Mission. His Excellency also raised health, especially Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) as another area of concern because of the deleterious effects public health issues pose to the economy as a result of the cost of health care, productivity in the work force and on national development as a whole.
The new Head of Mission agreed to take these matters up as key focal areas within the UN system as he begins his new post.
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.