Foreign Affairs Minister congratulates Dorbrene O’Marde on his appointment as Ambassador


Antigua and Barbuda’s Governor General, His Excellency Sir Rodney Williams, on Monday presented formal Instrument of Appointment to His Excellency Dorbrene O’Marde on his appointment as Ambassador Plenipotentiary with responsibility for Antigua and Barbuda Reparation Justice Programme.


Ambassador O’Marde is currently the Chairman for the Antigua and Barbuda Reparation Support Commission and he also serves as the Vice-Chair of the CARICOM Reparations Commission (CRC), led by Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies. O’Marde is an author and known for his illustrious career in culture, history, theatre and music throughout Caribbean region. He was first appointed as Ambassador at Large in 2017 and reappointed in 2020.

Foreign Affairs Minister, Hon. E.P Chet Greene has offered his congratulations to HE O’Marde as he expressed confidence that the ambassador will continue to provide excellent leadership to the regional reparation movement.

“We extend congratulations to Dorbrene O’Marde, who today, officially received his instrument of Appointment as Ambassador with responsibility for Antigua and Barbuda Reparatory Justice Programme. Ambassador O’Marde’s appointment seeks to facilitate the effective and efficient implementation of the CARICOM Reparatory Justice Programme and to signal in a very serious way Antigua and Barbuda’s commitment as it is necessary to have diplomatic representation at the leadership level,” Greene stated.


Antigua and Barbuda is one of eight CARICOM territories that have established reparation commissions following a decision by the CARICOM Heads of Government at their Thirty –fourth of the Conference of Heads in July 2013 in Trinidad and Tobago, for the establishment of the CARICOM Reparations Commission under the chairmanship of Dr. Hilary Beckles.

Along with Antigua and Barbuda, national reparations committees have also been established in Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Kitts/Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.

The CRC mandated includes the following;

  1. Establish the moral, ethical and legal case for the payment of Reparations by the Governments of all the former colonial powers and the relevant institutions of those countries, to the nations and people of the Caribbean Community for the Crimes against Humanity of Native Genocide, the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and a racialised system of chattel Slavery;
  2. Advise and make recommendations for coordinated CARICOM action by the Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee on Reparations;
  3. Coordinate and support the work of National Reparations Commissions.
  4. Develop and implement a regional strategy to pursue Reparations.




Advertise with the mоѕt vіѕіtеd nеwѕ ѕіtе іn Antigua!
We offer fully customizable and flexible digital marketing packages.
Contact us at [email protected]