Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has appointed Edwin Carrington as Trinidad and Tobago's Ambassador Extraordinaire Plenipotentiary to Caricom.
Carrington received his instrument of appointment from Persad-Bissessar at the Office of the Prime Minister, St Clair yesterday.
A release from the Prime Minister's office, stated that Carrington, a Trinidad and Tobago national, is the immediate former secretary-general of the Caribbean Community.
He held that position from August 1992 to December 2010, making him the longest serving Secretary-General of the Caribbean community.
Carrington also served as Deputy Secretary-General, and immediately thereafter, 1985-1990, as Secretary-General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) the only Caribbean National to have held that position to date.
In acknowledgment of his outstanding service, Carrington Hall at the ACP Secretariat (Brussels) is named in his honour.†
In 2005, Carrington, was awarded this country's highest honour, the Trinity Cross, as well as the Chaconia Medal (Gold) in 1987.
He has also been honoured by other Caribbean States, being the recipient of the Companion of Honour of Barbados (CHB); the Order of Distinction of Belize; the Duarte, Sanchez Y Mella, Gran Cruz De Plata decoration of the Dominican Republic; the Cacique Crown of Honour (CCH) of Guyana and the Order of Jamaica.
Recognition of Carrington's contribution to the Caribbean was expressed by the Caribbean Diaspora, through the conferring in 2001 of the Pinnacle Award by the National Coalition of Caribbean Affairs.
Carrington is the holder of Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Economics, from the University of the West Indies and McGill University in Canada.
He was also conferred with the degree of Honorary Doctor of Laws by the University of the West Indies and the City University of New York CUNY (Medgar Evers College).