ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda and Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. the Hon. W. Baldwin Spencer has paid tribute to former Antigua and Barbuda Consul General to Canada Ms. Madaline Blackman, who has retired from the Civil Service, calling her a consummate professional.
The Prime Minister made the comment while announcing the appointment of Ms. Janil A. Greenaway as the country’s new Consul General to Canada.
“It was certainly an honour and a privilege to have worked with Madaline Blackman who during her over thirty (30) years in the Civil Service demonstrated a true love for her country and honest commitment to her duties. Her over eleven years as our Consul General in Canada and over twenty years working in the Tourism Division contributed greatly to the development of Antigua and Barbuda, particularly the tourism sector.”
“Madaline is a unique individual whose life was dedicated to the advancement and promotion of her nation Antigua and Barbuda. The government commends her for her exemplary service and wishes her well during her retirement,” noted PM Spencer.
Prime Minister Spencer said that he is confident that the work done by Ms. Blackman as Consul General in Canada will be further enhanced with the appointment of Janil Greenaway to fill that position.
“ Ms. Greenaway comes to the position with a wealth of knowledge and experience having worked at the United Nations and the Antigua and Barbuda Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York for over seven years. She is fully competent to take Antigua and Barbuda’s foreign policy to the international community and my government looks forward to her contributions in further developing closer relations between Antigua and Barbuda and the Diaspora in Canada,” said Prime Minister Spencer.
During her meeting with Prime Minister Spencer before taking up her position in Canada, Ms. Greenaway said that she is prepared to take up the challenge and work in the interest of her country.
“It is an honour for me to serve my country in the capacity of Consul General in Toronto, and to promote the interests of Antigua and Barbuda in Canada. Although the Consulate General in Toronto is a small office which currently operates jointly with the tourism department, I believe we can be creative in how we use our resources overseas to help bring tangible benefits home to Antigua and Barbuda.
“Currently the office is mandated to carry out three overall functions which include providing consular services to Antiguans and Barbudans who work, live and study in Canada and individuals who want to travel to Antigua and Barbuda; tourism marketing; and investment promotion. In addition to being a lucrative tourism market, there is also potential to attract direct investments from Canada to our local economy, as such one of my objectives is to develop a work programme that will help us to tap into Canada as a source of trade and investment. Additionally, there are several active associations of Antiguans and Barbudans living in Canada and a significant number of our students studying there,” Ms. Greenaway noted.
Ms. Greenaway who holds a Masters of Science degree In Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh, previously served as Deputy Permanent Representative and Minister Counsellor in the Antigua and Barbuda Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York. (Ends)
1. Antigua and Barbuda Consul General to Canada Ms. Janil Greenaway