Rambachan gets Chile’s highest non-national award
Diplomats from Latin and Central American countries and members of the Ministry of External Affairs were among those who attended the award ceremony held at the residence of Chilean Ambassador, Fernando Ayala on Monday to present former Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr Surujrattan Rambachan with The Order of Bernardo O’Higgins on behalf of the Government of Chile for his work to further ties between Chile and Trinidad and Tobago during Dr Rambachan’s tenure as Foreign Minister.
Speaking at the ceremony Ayala said the award is Chile’s highest award for a person who is not a national of that country. Rambachan was awarded this honour for his support of the programme for the teaching of Spanish, in crime fighting, in climate change and, above all, in furthering ties between Caricom and Latin and Central America as well as the supply of TT LNG to Chile and in encouraging cultural ties between Chile and TT.
Replying to the Ambassador’s speech Rambachan said he had been impressed with the quality of Chile’s Foreign Service officers and was grateful for the training offered to budding TT diplomats.
Bernardo O’Higgins (1778 – 1842) was one of the founding fathers of Chile. He was of Spanish and Irish descent and a brave and inspirational commander of the revolutionary forces in the battles for the Independence of Chile.