By Benjamin Flowers Staff Reporter
Prime Minister Hon. Dean Barrow has appointed Belize’s new Ambassador to Guatemala.
Barrow announced at a press conference on Wednesday that former Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Alexis Rosado, was appointed to the post.
Barrow could not give a definitive time as to when Rosado would leave to take up his post because of the diplomatic process that follows his appointment.
“I am satisfied that Alexis is far and away the best person that we would ask to take over in Guatemala City,” Barrow said.
Replacing him as CEO of Foreign Affairs will be current CEO of Housing Lawrence Sylvester. Barrow explained that Sylvester “was at Foreign Affairs previously; [he] was also high commissioner to the U.K; he was also permanent P.R in New York.”
The PM called on Denton Belisle to be the new C.E.O in the Ministry of Housing.
Rosado, who has served in the ministry since 1993, takes on the post with years of experience and training on his résumé.
He has studied diplomacy in Costa Rica and at Oxford University.
He also holds a Master’s Degree in International and Comparative Legal Studies from the University of London.
Last Thursday, Rosado spoke to The Reporter chronicling his time as a foreign service officer.
“I started in the Central Statistical Office, now known as SIB (Statistical Institute of Belize),” Rosado said. “I was one of the first to be trained in diplomacy, by the time I became an ambassador I had held various posts.”
In addition to his academic qualifications, Rosado has served as a diplomat for many years, including holding the post of High Commissioner in the United Kingdom.
Rosado replaces the late Ambassador H.E. Alfredo Martinez, who died of illness in July. Martinez was a highly respected diplomat, who has also served as Ambassador to Mexico and Panama.
Martinez was also known for his extensive knowledge and diplomatic works on the Belize/Guatemala territorial dispute.