Presentation of Credentials: Ambassador to Peru

 

On Tuesday 23rd May, 2017, His Excellency Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona O.R.T.T., S.C., received Letters of Credence from His Excellency Luis Rodomiro Hernandez Ortiz Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Peru to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. The Ambassador was accompanied by Minister Jorge Antonio Ronaldo de la Torre and Mrs. Dafneli Fuentes de Bradshaw.

His Excellency has made it a landmark initiative of his Presidency to invite secondary school students from across Trinidad and Tobago to attend official functions at the Office of the President. He introduces the visiting dignitaries to the students and encourages them to engage in dialogue about their lives as young people themselves and to delineate the path that brought them to be a representative of their country before a head of state. His Excellency emphasises that the students should recognize they are looking at the finished product of many years of hard work and that at one point in time, himself and the Ambassador were once sitting where they were sitting and engaged in making the decisions which would lead them to achieving a life of purpose and service.

His Excellency made mention of the long road that Peru has had to take to achieve fair governance, a privilege that the people of Trinidad and Tobago tend to take for granted. The Ambassador expressed his desire for the nations of the Americas to work together in the defence of democracy. His Excellency noted that there must be greater recognition of Trinidad and Tobago’s role in the context of the wider Caribbean sustainable development initiatives.

His Excellency Ortiz attended College at the Universidad de Lima, majoring in Geography and History after which he became a teacher. Subsequently, he decided to enter the Diplomatic Academy of Peru and this was the turning point which led him along a 42 year career as a diplomat serving the Peruvian people. He expressed a desire to work together with Peru’s allies for peace and to make the world a better place. The Ambassador stated that Peru is open to partnerships should the Government of Trinidad and Tobago be willing to participate. He is interested in creating linkages which facilitate exchange in trade, employment, scholarship opportunities and investments. This reminded His Excellency Carmona about a group of close to 200 local, unemployed medical doctors who have completed their internships and are now unable to find work at the local health facilities to complete their training. The Ambassador suggested that there may be opportunity for the UWI and the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, one of the top medical schools in Peru, to forge a relationship which can help alleviate the strain put on Trinidad and Tobago’s health facilities.

Their Excellencies discussed strengthening bilateral relations between our countries and the Ambassador extended an invitation to His Excellency to attend the 8th Summit of the Americas to be hosted at Lima, Peru April 2018. The Ambassador stated “that people want to live in a nation which benefits from a certain level of security” with an assurance of the available amenities and services. The soundness of one country is deeply entwined with that of it’s neighbouring nations. His Excellency Anthony Carmona said, “We need to strengthen connections with our neighbours, especially those in the GRULAC region. Sometimes we have a tendency to look to the north when we should be looking south.” In light of the recent bombing at the Manchester Arena, the Ambassador mentioned that Peru has had its own experiences with terrorism and they like many other nations, “do not negotiate with terrorists.”

His Excellency suggests the practice of teaching languages from the pre school level as this can be the best time for children to begin learning about the subtle nuances of different languages. He would like to see Trinidad and Tobago become a bilingual or even trilingual nation. He noted that over a billion people in the world speak Mandarin and Hindi respectively and that it would serve our citizens well to obtain the ability to converse with the world in the quest to become global villagers.

His Excellency enquired of the Ambassador about what his life was like growing up. The Ambassador credits his successes to the unwavering parental and family support he was privileged to have as a young man. His Excellency Ortiz gave credit to the solid educational background of his family which helped to propel him forward. He remembered that his mother, being a teacher, always instilled in him the value of hard work, studying and academic achievement. His father, an accountant, provided him with a sound appreciation of the practicality of life and was always supportive of all of his aspirations. He noted the importance of a stable family life to the success of an individual. The Ambassador stated that he was the first person in his family to enter into diplomatic service. He also encouraged the students to become the best that they can be so that they can serve their country well.

From Left to Right: Students of Woodbrook Secondary School Gerard Hart, Janelle Legerton-Nedd (Teacher), Jaylan Denny, His Excellency Luis Rodomiro Hernandez Ortiz Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Peru to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago,His Excellency Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona O.R.T.T., S.C., President of The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Ajah Johnson, Malachi Alexander.
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