The new Permanent Representative of Guyana to the Organization of American States (OAS), Samuel Hinds, has presented his credentials today to OAS Secretary General, Luis Almagro in a virtual ceremony.
During the ceremony on Tuesday, the OAS said Almagro highlighted the common values between the hemispheric institution and the Caribbean country and reiterated the organization’s commitment to the defense of democratic institutions and equitable access to vaccines.
“Ambassador Hinds, during the pandemic, we have worked intensely in this organization, and we continue to do so,” Almagro said. “From the OAS, we have carried out actions with PAHO (Pan American Health Organization) and the IDB (Inter-American Development Bank) — also with the Joint Summit Working Group — to coordinate strategies to mitigate the consequences of the pandemic in the hemisphere.”
The OAS said Hinds underscored his country’s respect for the rule of law and human rights, and praised the organization’s fight for the equal distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.
“Mister Secretary General, I commend you in your role as the head of this organization and the members of the OAS Permanent Council, particularly those constituting the CARICOM group, that initiated and endorsed on February 17 the resolution on ‘The Equitable Distribution of COVID-19 Vaccines,’ that was adopted by acclamation,” Hinds said.
Guyana has been a member of the OAS since 1991. Hinds is Guyana’s fifth Permanent Representative to the OAS.