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Biden taps Nicole Theriot as new US Ambassador for Guyana

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Career diplomat, Nicole D. Theriot is President Joe Biden’s nominee for the United States (US) Ambassador to Guyana position, a release from the White House said.

According to the White House, Theriot, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Counsellor, currently serves as the Principal Officer in Karachi, Pakistan. She previously served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and prior to that, she was Director for Immigration and Visa Security at the National Security Council in the Executive Office of the President.

Theriot also held the position of Senior Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Overseas Citizens Services in the Bureau of Consular Affairs and Political Counsellor at the US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan; Principal Officer in Casablanca, Morocco; and Bureau of Consular Affairs’ Supervisory Regional Consular Officer in Frankfurt, Germany.

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Her other overseas assignments include Internal Politics Chief in Islamabad, Pakistan; Consul General in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean; Deputy Consular Chief in Baghdad, Iraq; Non-immigrant Visa Chief in Montreal, Canada; Consular Officer in Paris, France; and Information Officer in Lagos, Nigeria, the White House noted.

It said that Theriot is also the recipient of numerous State Department performance awards, including a Senior Foreign Service Performance award. She holds a B.A. degree from Louisiana State University and a Master’s degree in International Relations from Vanderbilt University.

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Should Theriot be confirmed, she would replace Ambassador Sarah-Ann Lynch who took up the post back in March 2019, under the David Granger-led administration.

Theriot would be serving as ambassador in one of the fastest growing economies in the world due to its vast offshore oil and gas resources.

Guyana shot to stardom after US oil major ExxonMobil hit pay in the Stabroek Block in 2015. Now, eight years later, the country has close to 11 billion barrels of discovered resources and a lot more coming as Exxon pursues an aggressive drill program.

Guyana also has a massive Gas-to-Energy project on the cards.

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