Farewell to Venezuelan Ambassador to Dominica
After 12 years of dedicated service to Dominica, Venezuelan Ambassador, Carmen Martinez de Grijalva, bid farewell to Dominica.
A number of well-wishers and friends of the Ambassador converged at the Fort Young Hotel on Monday February 4th where a special ceremony was held.
Speaking at the ceremony, Prime Minister Honorable Skerrit, stated, the Ambassador was very resourceful, especially as they worked in close collaboration in strengthening bilateral relations between Dominica and Venezuela.
Through this strong cooperation, he said we can all agree that the relationship between the two countries is at an all-time high. He highlighted some of the projects Ms. Grijalva played a vital part in, namely Petro Caribe.
Mr. Skerrit mentioned Ambassador Grijalva as someone that can always be looked to for support and intervention.
She is one of the most respected Ambassadors across the world, and the most loved within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the President’s Office.
He also said she engendered a relationship with the Dominican people, frequenting the Roseau Market and developing a friendship with the vendors.
The Ambassador also helped Dominicans better appreciate the Venezuelan culture and traditions in addition to their food and language.
Ambassador Grijalva, who was very emotional at the ceremony, is leaving what really matters, the strength of the foreign policy between Dominica and Venezuela.
During her time in Dominica, she mentioned that she worked with a passion on behalf of Commander Hugo Chavez.
She added now is the time to give thanks to God for the wonderful opportunity of working in Dominica, as it has been an extraordinary experience for her.
Mrs. Grijavla says she will continue to work hard to build on the relationship she has with Dominica, although it will not be easy.
At the farewell ceremony there were performances by the Cuatro and Dance Groups of the Venezuelan Institute, Sisserou Singers, Gregory Rabbes, Hunter, and Ophelia.
The Management and Staff of SAT Telecoms wishes Mrs. Grijalva all the best in her future endeavours.