Last week the Prime Minister announced that Pat Andrews, the recently retired Country manager for Scotiabank would be taking over as Belize's new Ambassador to the United States and Permanent Representative to the OAS. IT is a very senior diplomatic posting, perhaps the most senior one there is - but Andrews has no background in diplomacy. We asked the Minister of Foreign Affairs how he felt about the Prime Minister's decision:..
"Is it of any moment for you, any concern for you that the person is a novice at diplomacy, an expert in banking and a hell of a nice guy? But it's a sensitive post."
Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs
"Actually Jules, if you do your research you'd find out that most people who have been appointed as ambassadors, most people, are novices at the job. In any country what you want is a person who is of impeccable character and Pat fits that bill. He has good common sense, he is very articulate, he's well educated, and I don't think you can ask for anything more than that."
And while Andrews goes to Washington, Scotiabank has appointed Michael Shaw as the new Vice President & Managing Director of the bank.
He is the former District Vice President of Scotiabank Metro North in Jamaica.