Brian Tiwari honoured with Spain’s national award

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Local businessman Brian Tiwari was Tuesday evening conferred with one of the highest national awards from the Kingdom of Spain.

The BK International Boss, who serves as Spain’s Honorary Consul to Guyana, was presented with the Officer’s Cross of the Order of the Civil Merit during a reception ceremony at the Marriott Hotel, Kingston.

It is the first time that a Guyanese is honoured with a national award of a foreign country on local soil.

Tiwari was appointed Honorary Consul by the then Minister of Foreign Affairs Carolyn Rodrigues Birkett in 2012 under the People’s Progressive Party administration.

Spain’s Non-Resident Ambassador to Guyana, Javier Carbajosa Sanchez explained that His Majesty King Phillip VI provided the award to the Guyanese businessman in recognition of his qualities and merits.

Spanish Honorary Consul Brian Tiwari (left) toasting with Spanish Ambassador to Guyana, H.E Javier Maria Carbajosa Sanchez (right). [DPI photo]
He explained that without a career consul in a city, it is difficult to find the right person to represent a country, in this case, Spain.

“You need a person with dignity, with integrity, with the right connections, working for free. Ready to use time, energy and his own money to promote the image and interests of your country. This is precisely what Brian has been doing all these years,” the envoy stated.

Tiwari, in turn, expressed gratitude for the award, noting that it represents the close and growing relationship between Guyana and Spain.

Tiwari said that friendship will be further demonstrated when all the proceeds from a flamenco concert, billed for the Theater Guild in December, will be donated to the National Rehabilitation Centre.

Guyana and Spain established diplomatic relations on October 12, 1979.

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