By Clive Bacchus
St. Kitts-Nevis (WINN) – The former Public Utilities Minister, and People’s Action Movement (PAM) Candidate for Constituency #1, Ian ” Patches” Liburd is appointed as St. Kitts and Nevis Permanent Representative to the United Nations.
He replaces former Ambassador Sam Terrance Condor who resigned that position two weeks before the June 5 general elections.
“The United Nations is the premier global organisation with over 193 member states and a large number of entities accredited to it. Ambassador Liburd has served the Country well as its Minister of Public Infrastructure, et al. He is well versed in a range of public and private sector matters and will be an asset to our Country,” said Dr. Harris while making the announcement.
Mr. Liburd contested the June 5 election and lost to the St Kitts Nevis Labour Party’s Geoffrey Hanley. He unsuccessfully challenged those election results in the High Court.
He has hosted the talk show “Straight Talk”, twice weekly, in recent years, while serving as a government minister.
He holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration(MBA), a Post Graduate Diploma in Management Studies and is a fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and the Chartered Management Institute.
Mr. Liburd has served in top public sector positions since the ’90s.
Those posts include Chief Executive Officer of the St Christopher Air and Seaports Authority (SCASPA) from 1995-1999; Director of Maritime Affairs from 1999 to 2000 and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Public Works, Utilities, Transport.