US President names Candace Bond ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago
US President Joe Biden has named Candace Bond US Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago.
This was confirmed on Friday in a press release on the US Government website under – President Biden Announces Top Nominees.
“Today, President Joe Biden announced his intention to appoint the following individuals to serve as key leaders in his administration…..Candace Bond, nominee for Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of TT.”
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Commenting on Bond’s appointment, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Caricom, Dr Amery Browne, said: “We have worked to further strengthen our relationship with the United States of America.
After the departure of the last Ambassador, who was appointed by President Trump, I had the pleasure of working closely with the team at the United States Embassy in Port of Spain led by the Chargé Mr. Shante Moore on a series of questions of common interest.
Browne said those issues included acquiring COVID-19 vaccines, continuing multi-faceted security cooperation, supporting TT artists seeking to perform at events across the United States, and maintaining an “excellent and mutually supportive partnership” at several lateral fora.
“As Minister of Foreign Affairs and Caricom, I look forward to the prospect of warmly welcoming the new United States Ambassador as he completes his confirmation process.”
Bond is currently President and CEO of AESA Inc, a Los Angeles-based company providing business consulting services in real estate and community development with a focus on environmental stability, governance, education and health equity.
She is also Chair-elect of the Greater LA Education Foundation Board of Directors and President of the MLK (Martin Luther King) Health and Wellness Community Development Corporation.
She will be the first substantive U.S. ambassador to the two-island republic since Joseph Mondello, who was appointed on July 2, 2018 and left office on January 13, 2021.
In the absence of an ambassador, the United States Embassy in Port of Spain was headed by Shante Moore, the Chargé d’Affaires.