June 30, 2010 | Washington, DC | Embassy Series: Trinidad and Tobago
Celebrating Women of the Caribbean
A Farewell to Glenda Morean Phillip 
Ambassador for the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to the US and Mexico Permanent Representative to the OAS
Transcript 


Washington, DC—On June 30, 2010, Women's Foreign Policy Group held a farewell reception to honor H.E. Glenda Morean Phillip, Ambassador of Trinidad and Tobago to the US, Mexico and the OAS, at her embassy. The Ambassador will leave her post at the end of July, after two years of service in Washington, DC. Before being appointed to her current post, the Ambassador had an impressive public service career in Trinidad and Tobago, where she served as Senator, Solicitor for the Supreme Court, Attorney General, and High Commissioner for Trinidad and Tobago to the United Kingdom.

Ambassador Morean Phillip discussed her stay in Washington–which she termed "short, hectic and sweet"–and thanked Women's Foreign Policy Group and her diplomatic colleagues for their warm welcome. An active member of the WFPG, she praised the organization, calling it 'number one,' for its high-caliber speakers and excellent coverage of current international issues.

The Ambassador also reminisced on why her stay in Washington was so special and so interesting, citing two compelling reasons: (1) the good trading relations between the US and Trinidad and Tobago (the US purchases over 60% of Trinidad and Tobago's liquefied natural gas) and (2) security issues in the Caribbean. She also discussed how her stay occurred during what she termed as "one of the most exciting times in the political life of the US," speaking fondly of attending the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, where she got a "good feel of what the policy is like." Ambassador Morean Phillip also noted that she enjoyed the warmth of Americans, which "is almost like the warmth of the people from Trinidad and Tobago."

Other women ambassadors expressed their appreciation for Ambassador Morean Phillip, wishing her all the best in her future. Ambassador Rene Jones-Bos of the Netherlands praised her for her outreach to women ambassadors from other continents, which was so important, but often gets forgotten as ambassadors become absorbed with their own country's issues, delegations, and regional groups. Ambassador Debra Mae Lovell of Antigua and Barbuda complimented her for "enriching the Caribbean corps" by bringing "the balance of a jurist... the confidence of a professional... and the tenderness of a mother." Although she will be missed, the Ambassador's colleagues and friends at the WFPG look forward to seeing where the next chapter in her life takes her and to seeing her again, either in DC or Trinidad and Tobago.

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WFPG President Patricia Ellis,
Ambassador Rene Jones-Bos (Netherlands),
WFPG Board Member Hon. Henrietta Holsman Fore

WFPG President Patricia Ellis,
Ambassador Glenda Morean Phillip
(Trinidad and Tobago

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Mr. Oscar Adrian Phillip, Ambassador Deborah Mae Lovell (Antigua and Barbuda), Ambassador Glenda Morean Phillip,
Ambassador La Celia Aritha Prince (Saint Vincent and the Grenadines), Ambassador Audrey Marks (Jamaica)

Ambassador Glenda Morean Phillip,
Ambassador Hubert Charles (Dominica)



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Ambassador Glenda Morean Phillip,
Ambassador Mara del Lujn Flores
(Permanent Mission of Uruguay to the OAS)

Ambassador John Beale (Barbados),
Ambassador Glenda Morean Phillip




 
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