On his first official visit to the Greater Toronto Area, new Guyana High Commissioner to Canada, Harry Narine Nawbatt, expressed satisfaction with the significant contributions Guyanese individuals and groups here are making to the development of the land of their birth. He however feels much more could be accomplished if they operate under an umbrella body.
“Before I came here, I heard about all the good work that nationals are doing here to help Guyana,” he said. “I believe though that a great deal more could be done if these organizations and individuals were to come together with their resources. That, I think, would be more beneficial.”
Nawbatt said Guyana needed help in several sectors, including health and education.
“There are people with skills here who are doing a lot and I urge them to continue,” he added.
The married father of three and University of Guyana graduate taught for three years at Annandale Primary School before joining the public service. The 64-year-old worked in the Deeds Registry, the Ministry of Finance, the Post Office Savings Bank, the Ministry of Works, the Office of the Auditor General and the now defunct Guyana Airways and served as executive director of the Social Impact Amelioration Program and project manager of the Poor Communities Support Services Project before becoming Minister of Transport & Hydraulics and later Minister of Housing & Water.
An accountant by profession, Nawbatt took up his first diplomatic assignment in Brazil in November 2008.