The Keith Mitchell-led government has named former government minister and practicing Attorney-at-Law Arley Gill as Grenada’s new Ambassador to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), replacing Dr. Patrick Antoine who left the post in August last year.
This was confirmed Tuesday by Economic Development, Trade, Planning and Cooperative Minister Oliver Joseph, in response to questions posed by THE NEW TODAY newspaper during the question and answer segment at the weekly post-Cabinet press briefing held at the Ministerial Complex at Tanteen, St. George.
“We are now awaiting the acceptance letter from CARICOM for us to give the appointment the date of effect,” Minister Joseph said.
Attorney Gill, who returned home recently from a stint as a Magistrate in Dominica, served as a Minister of State in the 2008-13 National Democratic Congress (NDC) government of Tillman Thomas that was swept out of office in 2013.
Gill was also one of several individuals expelled from the party at the height of internal bickering.
The ex-Magistrate was known to be part of the wing in Congress that was loyal to expelled former Foreign Affairs Minister, Peter David.
The Mitchell-led government has been slow in appointing persons to fill at least four vacant positions that were held by Dr. Antoine.
A government release on Gill’s appointment said: “The Cabinet of Grenada has approved Attorney-at-Law, Mr. Arley Gill as the country’s new Ambassador to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is currently taking steps to have Mr. Gill formally installed as Grenada’s Ambassador to CARICOM.
“The process will require Mr. Gill having to travel to the CARICOM Secretariat in Guyana to present his instruments of appointment to CARICOM Secretary General, Mr. Irwin LaRocque.
“Confirmation of Mr. Gill’s appointment will be provided once that process is complete.”