The European Union Delegation today announced that Peter Cavendish is the new EU Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago. Mr Cavendish presented his credentials to Her Excellency, Paula Mae Weekes, President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago during a small ceremony at the President’s House on July 22nd. He also paid a courtesy call to the Ministry of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs, where he was greeted by Mr Bruce Lai, Permanent Secretary (Ag.). He replaces Aad Biesebroek who served as Ambassador from 2016 to 2020.
Mr. Cavendish was appointed Head of the Trinidad and Tobago Delegation and arrived to this country in April 2021, but public health restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic meant that his accreditation had to be delayed a for a few months. With his accreditation complete, Ambassador Cavendish is now ready to tackle an ambitious agenda over the next four years as he seeks to deepen the partnership between Trinidad and Tobago and the EU. The priority areas he will focus on include renewable energy, digitalization, water management and agriculture – in particular cocoa/chocolate production and export.
Mr Cavendish joined the EU in 1995 and has held a number of roles including as Head of Sector, Directorate-General ECHO Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection, Head of Division, Financial Control of EU Delegations, Head of Division, Inspection of EU Delegations and Head of Division, Security of EU Delegations. Prior to joining the Commission, he worked in the financial and petro-chemical sectors.
Ambassador Cavendish was born in Ireland. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and a Master of Business Studies, from the University College of Dublin.
Former Ambassador Biesebroek is now retired from the Commission and has returned to live in his native country, The Netherlands.