On March 15th, H.E. Lilian Chatterjee presented her letter of introduction to the Honourable Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, formally assuming her position as Canada’s representative to the twin-island nation.
Following the virtual ceremony, High Commissioner Chatterjee met with Governor General, H.E. Sir Rodney Williams where they reflected upon Canada and Antigua and Barbuda’s strong history of friendship.
H.E. Lilian Chatterjee began her career with the Government of Canada in 2003 when she joined the Canadian International Development Agency. She previously served as Director General in both CIDA and Global Affairs Canada prior to her appointment as High Commissioner to Guyana, with concurrent accreditation as Ambassador to Suriname and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
Ms. Chatterjee is a former journalist who worked in Canada and Southeast Asia. She subsequently worked in Canada’s House of Commons and with several international NGOs before beginning her diplomatic service.
As Canada’s former Ambassador to CARICOM (2017 to 2020), High Commissioner Chatterjee is well acquainted with the governments of the Eastern Caribbean, most recently engaging Prime Minister Browne during CARICOM’s 31st Intersessional Meeting of Heads of Government in February 2020.In today’s meeting, also attended by the Honourable E.P. Chet Greene, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Immigration and Trade and Permanent Secretary Anthony Liverpool, High Commissioner Chatterjee underscored Canada’s valued relationship with the Government of Antigua and Barbuda, and reviewed several key issues raised during the countries’ bilateral consultations in December 2020.
High Commissioner Chatterjee reaffirmed Canada’s commitment to Antigua and Barbuda in the areas of gender equality, the empowerment of women and girls, and climate resilience, particularly as the country builds back from COVID-19.
Ms. Chatterjee looks forward to deepening the bilateral relationship between Canada and Antigua and Barbuda over the next three years.
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