GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Manorma Soeknandan is the new deputy secretary-general of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat.
Soeknandan, a national of Suriname, assumed duties at the CARICOM Secretariat on February 1, 2014. She succeeds Lolita Applewhaite.
A familiar figure in the Community, Soeknandan served as Suriname’s resident ambassador to Guyana from 2001 to January 2013. She was accredited as ambassador to CARICOM and to Jamaica in January 2002. During her tenure as resident ambassador in Guyana, she became the dean of the diplomatic corps. She has represented her country, including as head of delegation, in several meetings of CARICOM’s organs and bodies.
Soeknandan has extensive diplomatic experience in the international/regional arena, with competencies in managing inter-state relations through diplomatic channels; negotiating cooperation arrangements between states and institutions and negotiating with international development partners.
The new deputy secretary-general also has experience in a wide range of areas, such as managing human and financial resources; strategic leadership and operational management; negotiating treaties, agreements, protocols, and in the area of public awareness and public education.
Soeknandan holds a Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB) from Anton de Kom University and worked for 27 years as a lawyer with the government of Suriname. She also served as head and manager of several departments with the ministry of justice and police, including manager of computerisation projects.