Rosemarie Welsh who currently serves as Counsellor in the Grenada Embassy in Washington DC, headed by Ambassador Dr. Angus Friday, will be taking up the position as Grenada’s Consul General in New York.
This was disclosed by Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell while addressing a Town Hall Meeting in Toronto, Canada last week Friday.
However, Dr. Mitchell failed to indicate how soon Welsh will be taking up the vacant position of Consul General in New York.
During a post-Cabinet press briefing last week Tuesday, Foreign Affairs Minister Dr. Clarice Modeste-Curwen said the Grenada Government has already received approval from the State Department in Washington for the reopening of the Consulate Office.
She did not on that occasion identify the person who will be taking up the job as Consul General to New York but indicated that there were some logistics that needed to be followed.
“They (the State Department) have some specifications that we must do, and we want to follow them in the most economical way,” the senior Government Minister told the media.
Derick James who was purported to hold the position after the 2008
election and change of government could not be officially appointed as Consul General after the State Department instructed the then ruling Tillman Thomas Government that as a Citizen of the United States, James cannot hold that position.
James switched sides after the 2013 general elections from Congress to the New National Party (NNP) of PM Mitchell and was appointed to serve as Ambassador for Diaspora and Humanitarian Affairs.
In the wake of strong opposition to him by some former NNP activists in New York, government announced that he will be sent to Canada to serve as Consul General in Toronto.
Former Banker Allen McGuire was the last recognized Consul General from St. George’s in New York.
A relatively new group in New York which goes by the name “Grenada For Change” has been clamouring for the re-opening of the Grenada Consulate Office which ceased to function since June 2013.