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    • January 2011 Vol. 1 / Issue 1What‟s Inside: „Make this year a watershed year‟ - Chairman in New Year Message ……………………………….….. 2 Rebuilding after Hurricane Tomas …………………………………………………………………………………… 3 Haiti – One year later ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 5 CARICOM Shines in Shanghai …………………………………………………………………………………………. 6 Profiles – Members of the Executive Management Committee …………..…..………..…………………. 11 „Long, Tough Journey‟ - Sir Edwin Carrington ..…………………………………………………………………. 14 Honours for Sir Edwin …………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 19 Reflections …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 22 Death of a Prime Minister ………………………………………………………………………………………………. 30
    • EditorialThe Public Information Unit of the CARICOM States, Suriname and Haiti and the increase in theSecretariat extends greetings for a Happy New Year to number of Associate Members from one to five; thereaders across the Region and beyond. It is our hope movement from a CARICOM Common Market to athat 2011 brings with it peace, prosperity and new CARICOM Single Market and the establishment of theopportunities for forging stronger ties within the foundation for the Single Economy scheduled to comeCommunity. on stream in 2015; and the creation of critical regional institutions and bodies among which are counted the2010 was a challenging one for the Community; a Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), the CARICOMyear which began with the devastating Competition Commission (CCC) and moreearthquake in Haiti that claimed more than 300 recently, the Caribbean Aviation Safety and000 lives and which triggered a series of Security Oversight System (CASSOS).consequences including the latest – anoutbreak of the dreaded disease, cholera Over his tenure, Mr. Carrington receivedwhich continues to rack up a formidable awards from Member States of thedeath toll. Community, two of them during the last three months as Secretary-General.Haiti was thankfully spared from HurricaneTomas which roared through Barbados, Saint In this edition of the CARICOM View, we payLucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines late special tribute to Secretary-GeneralOctober early November. Tomas was blamed for at Carrington and reflect on his interactions withleast eight deaths in Saint Lucia, and left in its wake a staff members who have worked closely with him.decimated agriculture sector in both Saint Lucia and St.Vincent and the Grenadines and destruction to One of the major events the Secretary-General attendedbuildings in Barbados. The weather system also prior to making the announcement to demit office, wascaused major damage in Tobago. the 2010 Exposition in Shanghai, China, where there was a CARICOM Joint Pavilion comprising booths of 14The hurricane struck Barbados first, as the island was Member States, and the CARICOM Secretariat and themourning the loss of Prime Minister David Thompson, Caribbean Development Bank which shared one booth.who succumbed to pancreatic cancer on 23 October. The Secretary-General was heartened at thePrime Minister Thompson, who held the portfolio for cohesiveness displayed in the Joint Pavilion and wasthe CARICOM Single Market and Economy in the proud of the display of the CARICOM Secretariat, aCARICOM Quasi Cabinet of Heads of Government, was first-time participant in a World Exposition. We providein office for just under three years. snapshots of that visit as well as an insight into the thinking that went into the concept of individual boothsIn early August, His Excellency Edwin Carrington, and the expectations of Member States thatSecretary-General, announced his intention to step participated in the six-month mega event.down from his position by 31 December, 2010, after 18years at the helm of the administrative office of the This edition of the CARICOM View is the second onlineregional integration movement. His tenure brings to an version of the magazine; the first was published inend a period of service, with distinction, to the June 2010, as a result of a decision to utilizeCaribbean Community. Information Communication Technologies (ICTs), in an effort to reach a broader cross section of the CaribbeanSecretary-General Carrington presided over an era that public. We hope in time to get to the stage where wesaw, significantly, the revision of the founding Treaty of could have a feedback mechanism installed in the ViewChaguaramas, the widening of the integration so that we could benefit from your comments,movement to include non-English-speaking Member questions and ideas on how to improve the magazine. 1|Page
    • ‘Make this year a watershed year’ - Chairman in New Year Message Following is the New Year‟s Message One of the main ideas in taking the necessary steps will befrom the Chairman of the Conference of the Heads tested in this coming year with the establishment of the of Government of the Caribbean Community, Permanent Committee of CARICOM Ambassadors (PCCA). The Honourable Tillman Thomas, This body heralds a new dawn for our Community. The Prime Minister of Grenada Committee, in order to succeed, will need the full support of all, including the Heads of Government.Distinguished people of the Caribbean Community(CARICOM), I wish you a Happy New Year 2011. As we Our Administrative structure, particularly our Secretariat,welcome the second decade of the century and the New will also be undergoing changes with the retirement of ourYear 2011, we must prepare ourselves to face and long-serving Secretary-General, Sir Edwin Carrington. Isurmount the challenges which continue to confront us. would like to take this opportunity to record the greatestThe end of the first decade of this century was marked by appreciation to Sir Edwin for his tireless and inspiringthe triumph of the human spirit over the ravages of nature leadership over the 18 years that he served theas exemplified by the courage and resilience of the Governments and Peoples of the Caribbean Community inChilean, Pakistan and Haitian people. that position. His is an example of the kind of devotion and commitment necessary if we are to achieve the goal ofOne year ago this month, two significant events occurred a viable, prosperous and secure Community for All. Thewhich have had lasting effects on our Community. The Community will show its appreciation, when it confers onfirst was the calamitous earthquake of 12 January which him its highest honour, the Order of the Caribbeandevastated our Member State Haiti, taking a terrible toll in Community (OCC).human lives and wreaking widespread destruction ofproperty. The tragedy has continued with the dilatory As we approach 2011, one of the greatest dangers to theresponse of the international community in meeting its existence of our Community of small island and low lyingfinancial pledges to assist in the reconstruction of Haiti. coastal states remains the effects of climate change – not least that of sea-level rise. As a world leader in the battleBy year‟s end not even a quarter of the amounts pledged to restrict the limit of greenhouse gas emissions to ensurehad been delivered with the consequent deleterious, that global temperature does not rise more than 1.5⁰ruinous and slothful effect on the rebuilding process. The Centigrade above pre-industrial levels, the CaribbeanCaribbean Community, spearheaded by the Special Community is striving to ensure its very survival. AlreadyRepresentative of the Heads of Government to Haiti, the in the Pacific region, island states are losing land to theMost Honourable P.J. Patterson, will continue to use every rising seas and this should serve as a warning for us to beopportunity and seek to devise fresh initiatives in order to even more strident in our demands to the industrial giantsaccelerate the process in 2011. The situation in Haiti has that we need them to limit the levels to no more than 1.5been exacerbated by the outbreak of the cholera epidemic for us to stay alive.which, apart from having already claimed close to 3,000lives, has stretched beyond the limit, the capacity of the It is against this background and many other challenges,Haitian Authorities already overburdened by the including the continuing effects of the global financial andchallenges posed in the aftermath of the earthquake. economic crisis on our countries, that we enter the New Year. We are convinced that unless we believe in ourThe Caribbean Community recommits itself to continuing integration movement and so demonstrate byand intensifying its assistance to its beleaguered Member strengthening its bonds significantly, unless we continueState in the year ahead. to build on the co-operation with each other, unless we are prepared to use all the skills and tools at our disposal toThe second event was the Special Summit on Youth build a strong CARICOM Single Market and Economy –Development which took place in Paramaribo, Suriname at particularly those available through Information andthe beginning of the year. At that landmark event, the Communication Technology – we will not be able toreport of the Caribbean Community Commission on Youth combat those challenges successfully.Development was presented to Heads of Government.The years of research and the voice of the Youth at the Let us resolve therefore to make this year a watershedSummit clamoured for a quickening of the pace of the year in the history of our integration movement – a year inintegration process and for the greater involvement of the which a new generation of CARICOM leaders at all levelsyoung people of our Community in its decision-making. ensure that they play their part in building a strong, resilient and dynamic Caribbean Community and therebyThat cry for the “quickening of the pace” was heard by take their place in history.Heads of Government and was translated into activeconsideration of new governance structures to improve I wish you all a Happy, prosperous and productive 2011.the rate of implementation. 2|Page
    • Rebuilding after Hurricane TomasSeveral territories which were hit by Hurricane Tomasin October and November are now in the process ofrebuilding, repairing and reorienting their outlook andpolicies to cater for the effects of natural disasters thatCARICOM Secretary General Sir Edwin Carringtonwarned will visit the Caribbean.“We must ensure we have the capacity to deal withdisaster. It will come; it is not a question of `if‟. Disasteris a part of our very existence and we must mainstreamit in our activities,” the Secretary-General advised.Saint Lucia suffered tremendous damage whenHurricane Tomas swept through the islands, killingeight, destroying the agriculture sector, disruptingpublic utilities and causing extensive damage throughland and mudslides. The agriculture sector in St.Vincent and the Grenadines was decimated by the Sulphur Springs, the popular tourist attraction in the town ofstorm which also hit Barbados and Tobago. Soufriere, Saint Lucia. Bald sides of mountains were the first signs of the land- and mud-slides that, further inland, had swept away and buried buildings, felled trees and blocked roads. While a short documentary the Secretary-General viewed prior to the journey to Soufriere provided some insight into the destruction, it in no way prepared him for what he saw on the ground. “It‟s one thing to have it described to you, but it‟s quite another to actually see it. It touches you so deeply,” the Secretary-General said. The hurricane has severely affected the country‟s main income earner, agriculture, with a total decimation of the important banana industry and about 65 per cent Secretary-General Carrington gets a firsthand look at landslide destruction of other crops. Livestock drowned in the damage caused by Hurricane Tomas at Sulphur Springs, Soufriere, flood waters. It is estimated that it would take between Saint Lucia. six and nine months for the agriculture sector to regain its footing.Secretary-General Carrington late in November paid The education sector was hard hit, with schools losingone-day visits to Saint Lucia and St. Vincent and the roofs, furniture, computers and teaching aids. SchoolsGrenadines to get a first-hand look at the damage and began opening late in November, many on a shiftdiscuss with officials ways the CARICOM Secretariat system. The school term was also extended to cater forcould assist in rebuilding efforts. the time students spent away from school. AboutLanding in Castries, Saint Lucia, there was hardly any US$7M is needed to bring the sector back to aindication that a hurricane had swept across the island, semblance of normalcy and the Education Ministry haswith such devastating consequences. A 45-minute launched an adopt-a-school drive help provide supportboat-ride and a short journey by road to the town of to the education sector.Soufriere, however, and the landscape changed,literally! 3|Page
    • He added that the CARICOM Secretariat had to assist in getting word out about what had occurred in Saint Lucia. “People must hear and see what has happened,” he said. Back in Soufriere, officials pointed to blocked roads near the Sulphur Springs, a popular tourist resort in Soufriere. It was difficult to imagine that main arteries had been there. A 10-minute drive away, heavy duty equipment was clearing land in one area to accommodate tents for those persons who had been displaced by the storm, while in another section of the town, bulldozers and trucks were clearing mud and debris from blocked Clearing roadways that were blocked by land and mudslides roadways. in Soufriere, Saint Lucia. The government of Saint Lucia was providing some assistance to help persons to rebuild their homes, and has also approached Member States for assistanceUtilities and infrastructure were affected and with pre-fabricated housing.challenges remained in the water sector, particularly inthe south of the island. “It‟s a task on our hands but we‟re up to it,” Prime Minister King said of the recovery effort.Physical damage is estimated, preliminarily, at US$500million. But the damage to the psyche of residents of In addition to a video depicting the hurricane‟s damagecommunities that were hardest hit is immeasurable. to the island, a website has also been launched through which contributions could be made directly toThe scope of the community might never be the Disaster Relief Fund. The video can be viewed atrecaptured, Secretary-General Carrington lamented, http://www.finance.gov.lc/programmes/view/53.and would always be in the minds of residents. 4|Page
    • Haiti One Year Later – CARICOM Continues support for its Member State (Statement issued by the CARICOM Secretariat on 8 January 2011 )As the first Anniversary of the catastrophic earthquake On Wednesday, 13 January, less than 24 hours afterwhich rocked Haiti on 12 January 2010 looms, the the earthquake struck, under the system established byCaribbean Community (CARICOM) is continuing its the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Managementsteady and multi-pronged support to this Member Agency (CDEMA), the Region‟s response mechanism toState. natural disasters, Jamaica, as the sub-regional focal point deployed medical personnel and security forcesAt a recently concluded meeting co-ordinated by the to Haiti as a first response. The sub-regional focal pointOffice of the Special Representative of CARICOM covers the area that includes in addition to Haiti, TheHeads of Government on Haiti, the Most Honourable Bahamas, Belize and the Turks and Caicos Islands.Percival Patterson, and bringing together officials ofthe Government of Haiti, the CARICOM Secretariat, the In the critical days that followed, reinforcementsCaribbean Development Bank (CDB) and a cross poured in from CARICOM Member States andsection of the Diaspora and regional private sector, Associate Members as well as from civil society in theprogress was made in preparing projects in the priority Region and the Diaspora in the form of food, medicine,areas determined by the Government of Haiti for clothing, artisans, military assistance, search andsubmission to the Interim Haiti Reconstruction rescue teams, medical personnel and aircraft.Commission (IHRC) which is working closely with theWorld Bank as the custodian of a US $5.8 billion Haiti CARICOM‟s political support to Haiti in the aftermath ofReconstruction Fund. The priority areas identified the greatest humanitarian crisis in the history of theinclude housing and settlement development; physical Region was illustrated by the visit of the Prime Ministerand environmental planning; and infrastructure of Jamaica, the Honourable Bruce Golding on 14development and coordination. This meeting, called January. Furthermore, then CARICOM Chairman,following discussions between Mr Patterson and the Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister ofPresident of Haiti, His Excellency René Préval last Dominica and the Prime Ministers of The Bahamas,December represents a critical step towards the Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, alongdevelopment and reconstruction of Haiti. with the then Secretary-General joined the President of Haiti at the first international meeting on the recoveryThe IHRC is co-chaired by former United States and reconstruction of Haiti, in Santo Domingo on 18President Bill Clinton and Haiti‟s Prime Minister January.Honourable Jean-Max Bellerive. CARICOM has secureda seat with voting rights on the Commission - a key As efforts galvanized towards the development andmechanism established by the Government of Haiti and reconstruction of Haiti, the importance of capacitythe international donor community to guide Haiti‟s building has been emphasised. The University of thereconstruction process in accordance with its Action West Indies (UWI) has provided critical support toPlan for National Recovery and Development. restore that CARICOM Member State‟s human resource capacity. It facilitated the placing of Haitian UniversityThe Caribbean Community has been active in students who were displaced by the destruction of theirresponding to President Préval‟s request for CARICOM facilities into the Mona, Jamaica, Cave Hill, Barbadosto spearhead advocacy and engagement with the and St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago campuses tointernational community on Haiti‟s recovery and complete their courses of study.reconstruction. CARICOM Heads of Government andthe Secretary-General have been vocal in their appeals The Secretariat has also continued its attachmentfor the international donor community to fulfill their programme with officials from Haiti‟s Foreign Ministrypledges made at various fora to finance the being assigned to the Georgetown headquarters of thereconstruction and rebuilding process. The Community Secretariat on a rotational basis, in an effort to deepencontinues to re-iterate this position and calls on the understanding by Haitian officials of the procedures,international community to honour their commitments processes and operations of the Community.to financing the reconstruction and rebuilding of thatMember State. With agriculture being a key sector in Haiti which was buffeted by the disaster, UWI also committed itsCARICOM‟s advocacy in support of its Member State resources and expertise to work with Haiti to explorecontinues its commitment of assistance which began ways of reforestation of the hillsides and the otherwithin the critical first 48 hours of the disaster. ways of preventing landslides. 5|Page
    • In addition, the Caribbean Agriculture Research and Consultations are on-going towards approval ofDevelopment Institute (CARDI) is engaged in a seed- additional items from an original list which Haitiplanting project with Haitian farmers in order to boost submitted. The concession became effective from 1food production. January 2011. CARICOM Secretariat officials are continuing their training exercises with HaitianEven as these rebuilding efforts were in train, Haiti was customs officials to facilitate their understanding of thestruck by another disaster – an outbreak of cholera CSME‟s trading regime.which has so far taken more than 3,000 lives andafflicted more than 100,000 persons. The Community In the area of governance, the Secretariat‟s Assistanthas again responded and following the return of a Secretary-General for Foreign and Communityscoping mission from Haiti, is refining the logistical Relations, His Excellency Ambassador Colinarrangements to provide much needed medical Granderson, is integrally involved in the Haitianassistance in consultation with the Ministry of Health of Presidential elections process as Head of the JointHaiti. Electoral Observer Mission of the Organisation of American States (OAS) and CARICOM. AmbassadorIn keeping with the thrust to rebuild the country, work Granderson has been based in Haiti since October inhas also continued with respect to preparing Haiti to carrying out this mission.participate effectively in the CARICOM Single Marketand Economy (CSME). It is being assisted in its Especially noteworthy in the response to the crisis inpreparations by the Secretariat, led by the CARICOM Haiti has been the support of CARICOM‟s InternationalRepresentation Office in Haiti (CROH) which was re- Development Partners. The Governments of Australiaopened in 2007 with funding from the Canadian and Spain as well as UK Department for InternationalInternational Development Agency (CIDA). Development (DFID), the European Union, the Inter American Development Bank (IDB) and USAID have allAs a first step towards the CSME, Haiti was due to rendered significant and much appreciated assistanceenter the trade in goods regime of the Single Market in to the Community‟s efforts to help in the recovery,January 2010 but could not do so because of the redevelopment and reconstruction phases in theearthquake. To assist in stimulating economic activity, aftermath of the earthquake disaster and in response tothe Council for Trade and Economic Development the cholera epidemic.(COTED) in December, approved a request for someHaitian products to be exported within the SingleMarket on a non-reciprocal preferential basis for threeyears. CARICOM Shines in Shanghai as well as the CARICOMThe Caribbean Community is now “The life of the Secretariat/Caribbean Development Bankin a position to assess the benefits had booths at CARICOM Joint Pavilion atof its involvement in the just- Exposition was the Exposition which started on 1 May andconcluded Exposition 2010 in circulating around the concluded on 31 October under the themeShanghai, China, but from CARICOM booth `Better City; Better Life‟. The themepreliminary reports from exhibitors because of our music, represented the common sentiment ofon the ground, the participation will mankind for a safer, better living in urbanbear fruit economically, and further our human activity”. – environments. According to theconsolidate relations with the Asian CARICOM Secretary- organizers, the theme reflected one of thegiant. General central concerns of the international community for policy-making, urbanFourteen CARICOM Member States strategies and sustainable development. 6|Page
    • An impromptu dance lesson for one of the scores of Chinese at a The façade of the Joint CARICOM Pavilion. concert at the CARICOM Pavilion. The language barrier notwithstanding, thousands – theThe first World Expo with a `city‟ theme, the Expo 2010 majority Chinese, some of whom had never heard ofbrought together more than 200 countries and the Caribbean - visited the CARICOM Pavilion each day,organizations with more than 73 million participants. delighting especially in the scintillating rhythms of the steelpan, of reggae, calypso and ska. And much to theirCARICOM Secretary-General Edwin Carrington who delight, visitors were often given impromptu dancewas also Commissioner-General of the CARICOM lessons by Caribbean nationals.Section, paid several visits to Joint Pavilion in July andexpressed pride at its ability to present a united front, The visitors were lured by the beckoning landscapes,yet maintain the distinctiveness of each participant. particularly the pink sands unique to Barbuda, by the impressive replicas of historic buildings in Georgetown and Bridgetown, by the popularity of Jamaican singers, athletes and food, by the portrayal of the Mayan ruins in Belize, and the flamboyancy of festival celebrations in The Bahamas and Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados. Others, like Guyana, Suriname and St. Kitts and Nevis, attracted visitors with their eco-tourism themes while the Pitons in Saint Lucia proved quite a draw, as was the uniquely designed Grenada booth – shape of a nutmeg. A mannequin in national costume, and produce on display in the Saint Lucia Booth.“Each booth had that individuality and yet the Pavilionhung together as an effective unit, and it conveyed oneCaribbean, one Community, one pavilion… It depictshow we are stronger together but have not lost ourindividuality,” the Secretary-General observed.The Community held its own alongside architecturallybreathtaking Pavilions and unique exhibits, with thebooths, in the main, showcasing the history, culture,and economy of Member States. Caribbean Stone welcomes guests to the Joint CARICOM Pavilion. 7|Page
    • “The life of the Exposition was circulating around the Over at the Antigua and Barbuda booth, Rachel Collis,CARICOM booth because of our music, our human National Coordinator, proudly showed off the uniqueactivity. Interestingly enough, the young people – that pink sands of Barbuda, and a simulation of theis where they are getting together, dancing to our country‟s two-mile beach. Huge posters of the sportingmusic. There they are, having a good time around the greats including West Indian cricketer Sir VivianCaribbean,” the Secretary-General said at the end of Richards hung in the booth. According to Ms. Collis,his visit to Shanghai in July. the number of visitors to the booth had exceeded expectation. Queries from them related in the main to“So I‟m taking back to CARICOM not just `Better City, tourism and although the booth did not have anBetter Life‟, but I‟ll also add `Better Together, Better investment component, there was some interest inLife‟, the Secretary-General said. investment. BarbadosApart from the promotion of tourism, some MemberStates were confident that the exposure in China also According to Justin Seale, who was manning the boothwould attract with the CARICOM View dropped in, and graciouslyinvestors to their took time off from stamping passports, visitors in theshores. Success main wanted to know about Barbados‟ location,in that quarter economy and culture.has beenmeasured by A replica of the Barbados Parliament – the third oldestinterest in, for parliament in the western hemisphere - dominated theexample, booth that also paid homage to cricket and depictedJamaica‟s Blue tourism-based activities.Mountain brandof coffee, and thecombination ofinfrastructureand naturalresources that Visitors getting their passports stampedTrinidad and at the CARICOM/CDB booth.Tobago offers.The CARICOM View was on hand in mid-July, primarilyfor the CARICOM National Day observances at themega-exhibition. We managed to button-hole some ofthe CARICOM representatives on the ground, even asthey were busy attending to visitors, stamping theubiquitous Expo `passports‟ or paying attention to themyriad administrative details of running a booth.Antigua and Barbuda Replica of Barbados Parliament at Shanghai. Guyana Guyana‟s main aim at Shanghai was to create destination awareness, Carla Chandra, Senior Statistics and Research Officer at the Guyana Tourism Authority said. The Antigua and Barbuda booth. One of the murals on display in the Guyana booth. 8|Page
    • All the components of `Brand Jamaica‟ were on display in Shanghai – athletes, models, dancers, and of course its music. An entire music room was devoted to the evolution of Jamaican music, with the iconic Bob Marley, of course, as the centerpiece. In the commercial area, other team members were offering samples of export products – art, books about Jamaican food and culture, and coffee. Visitors to the booth had an opportunity to purchase coffee, jerk seasoning and other items Jamaica‟s commercial thrust was to tap into the Chinese market with export- ready goods. Jamaica said it was ready for business in areas such as construction, energy, and food. Representatives of companies who visited the booth showed an interest inA Georgetown seawall scene depicted at Expo 2010. agriculture, particularly in the rice and sugar sectors. Jamaica‟s investment thrust in Shanghai included a presentation by Minister of Industry, Mr. Karl Samuda at an investment forum.Designed by John Fernandes with guidance from GO-Invest, the booth featured a time tunnel showcasingGuyana‟s cultural heritage and highlighted the St. Kitts and Neviscountry‟s natural wealth. Darien Belle of the St.There were murals depicting popular sites in Guyana, Kitts and Nevisand replicas of Guyana‟s historic buildings including Investment Promotionthe St. George‟s Cathedral, Red House, and the Bank of Agency said there wasGuyana. a steady flow of visitors to the St. Kitts and Nevis booth.JamaicaWith Bob Marley‟s `I wanna love ya‟ segueing into`Gotta have Zion now‟ in the background, Nelissa The main attraction was a replica of the scenic railwayHines, team member in the Jamaica booth, told the which itself has links to the sugar industry on the twin-CARICOM View that her team was capitalizing on island. Visitors, including Secretary-General Carringtoneverything that was known about Jamaica. and his wife, were able to trace the railway route via video while seated in the replica. Darien Belle. FOLLOW THE YELLOW LINE: Jamaica’s Great Wall at Expo 2010, Visitors walk past the St. Kitts and Nevis booth. Shanghai. 9|Page
    • Suriname Trinidad and TobagoSculptures, art and craft, textiles, traditional items were By the end of July, Trinidad and Tobago‟s oil and gason display in the Suriname booth, reflecting the multi- promotion as well as its enviable position as thecultural nature of Suriname. creator of the steelpan, helped to spur the “good response” that Sherron Joachim, InvestmentA portrayal of the rainforest was one of the pull factors Promotion Officer, Trinidad and Tobago, reported thatfor the booth, according to Ziff, Team Member in the the booth was eliciting. Representation of `ole timeSuriname Booth. mas‟ was the concept of the Trinidad and Tobago booth. The booth targeted investors in the main, she said. One slogan, found at strategic points in the booth declared `We are next…‟ According to Ms. Joachim, the catchy slogan is meant to convey her country‟s readiness for investment in areas as varied as ICT, finance, oil and gas, and agro-processing.An ‘eco-scene’ in the Suriname booth at Expo 2010, Shanghai. Secretary-General Carrington enjoys a light moment in the Trinidad and Tobago booth at the Joint CARICOM Pavilion. Haitian art on display in the CARICOM Pavillion, Expo 2010, Shanghai. 10 | P a g e
    • Profiles – Members of the Executive Management Committee, CARICOM Secretariat Ambassador Lolita Before joining the CARICOM Secretariat she served in Applewhaite holds the post the Barbados Diplomatic Service for more than twenty of Secretary-General (ag.) years, holding postings in North America and Europe Amb. Applewhaite has a before concluding as Ambassador Extraordinary and Masters in International Plenipotentiary of Barbados to Venezuela and to Brazil Public Policy from the in 1992. School of Advanced International Studies, the Ambassador Applewhaite has also served as Amb. Lolita Applewhaite Johns Hopkins University, Permanent Secretary in the Barbados Public Service in Secretary-General (ag.) Washington, D.C., and a Ministries of the Environment, Tourism, International CARICOM Bachelor‟s Degree in Transport, Education, Youth Affairs and Culture. Political Science, from theInstitut d‟Etudes Politiques, Universite d‟Aix-Marseille, Immediately prior to her appointment as Secretary-Aix-en-Provence, France. General (ag), Ambassador Applewhaite served as Deputy Secretary-General of the Caribbean CommunityAmbassador Applewhaite has a wealth of experience in from 2003.International Relations, Administration and PolicyFormulation. Ambassador Granderson has served as a panelist and Ambassador Colin featured speaker at a number of seminars, conferences Granderson assumed the and round tables on issues related to Haiti, human rights position of Assistant monitoring, election observation and peace- Secretary-General, Foreign building/peacekeeping. He has also contributed to and Community Relations publications on these subjects. at the CARICOM Secretariat on 1 May 2002. In his position as Assistant Secretary-General, Foreign and Community Relations, he has continued to work on Ambassador Colin Granderson Named Ambassador at issues related to Haiti. In this regard, he played a key Assistant Secretary-General,Large of Trinidad and Foreign and Community advisory role in CARICOM‟s diplomatic efforts in January- Tobago in 1993, he was the February 2004 to broker a negotiated solution to the Relations, CARICOM SecretariatExecutive Director of the political stalemate in Haiti. He also represents CARICOM OAS/UN International at meetings of the key countries involved in theCivilian Mission in Haiti (MICIVIH), a human rights restoration of stability and democracy in Haiti. He hasobservation mission, from February 1993 to March 2000. headed the Joint OAS-CARICOM Election ObservationHe had served earlier as the Coordinator of the Mission in Haiti since August 2010.Organisation of American States Civilian Presence in Haitiduring the period October 1992 to February 1993. He was He holds a Licence ès Lettres Françaises from thealso designated head of mission of the OAS election University of Bordeaux (1968), a Master of Arts in Africanobservation mission for the December 1995 presidential Studies from the University of Ghana (1972), and aelections and also for the partial legislative and local Diploma in International Relations from the Institute ofgovernment elections of April 1997 in Haiti. He has also International Relations of the University of the Westheaded election observation missions for the OAS for Indies, St. Augustine Campus (1978). Ambassadorgeneral elections in Suriname (May 2000) and Guyana Granderson was awarded the Trinidad and Tobago(March 2001). He has also participated in CARICOM Chaconia Medal (silver) for public service in 1994.election observation missions in the Turks and CaicosIslands in 2002, in Jamaica in 2003, and in Guyana in 2006. 11 | P a g e
    • Ambassador Irwin Ambassador LaRocque has a wealth of experience in LaRocque assumed the management, public administration, economic position of Assistant development, trade, foreign affairs and diplomacy. Secretary-General, Trade During the period when Dominica underwent a and Economic Integration structural adjustment programme, Ambassador at the CARICOM LaRocque was a member of the Cabinet-appointed Secretariat in 2005. Public Sector Reform Task Force, which included the private sector, trade unions and non-governmental Ambassador Ambassador Irwin LaRocque LaRocque Organizations, with responsibility for the overall was educated at the Assistant Secretary-General, management, planning and performance review of the University of New York and Trade and Economic Integration public sector reform process. He also served as the majored in Political Chairman of the Consultative Working Group, aPhilosophy, Pure Economics and Political Economics. public/private sector consultative and advisory committee appointed by Cabinet, with focus on thePrior to his appointment as Assistant Secretary- enabling environment for private sector developmentGeneral, he served as Permanent Secretary in various and growth.Ministries in Dominica for more than fourteen years,including in the Ministries of Trade, Industry, He has served on several Boards, including theEnterprise Development, Tourism, and Foreign Affairs Caribbean Community Climate Change Center,where he headed the diplomatic service. He also Caribbean Export, the Dominica Agricultural, Industrialserved as the principal advisor to the Government of and Development Bank, and the Dominica NationalDominica on all matters pertaining to economic Development Corporation.integration and regional and international trade. Ambassador Gail M. Mathurin, Ambassador Mathurin has undertaken several key CD succeeds Ambassador diplomatic assignments including: Permanent Henry Gill as Director General Representative to the United Nations and its specialised of the Office of Trade agencies at Geneva, and the World Trade Organisation Negotiations (OTN) of the where she was also Coordinator of the African, Caribbean CARICOM Secretariat, and Pacific (ACP) Group in the WTO Doha Negotiations, formerly the Caribbean Geneva, and concurrently Ambassador non-resident to Regional Negotiating Austria, Greece, Egypt, Italy and High Commissioner to Machinery (CRNM). Prior to Cyprus. Other assignments included: Senior Director and Amb. Gail M. Mathurin this, Ambassador Mathurin later Under Secretary Trade Division and Ambassador for Director General, Office of was Permanent Secretary, and External Negotiations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Negotiations Head of the Foreign Service in Foreign Trade Jamaica, Ambassador non-resident the Ministry of Foreign Affairs concurrently to the Federal Republic of Brazil, theand Foreign Trade of Jamaica. Republic of Argentina and the Republic of Uruguay, High Commissioner of Jamaica to the United Kingdom andAmbassador Mathurin was educated at the University of concurrently Ambassador non-resident to Portugal,the West Indies and in subsequent years also attended the Norway, Finland, Denmark, Sweden and Spain, Minister,Hemispheric Trade Issues and the Trade Policy courses at Deputy Permanent Representative Permanent Mission ofGeorgetown University in Washington D.C. Jamaica to the OAS, Washington D.C.A career Foreign Service Officer in the Jamaican Foreign Ambassador Mathurin is a recipient of the Order ofService since 1979, Distinction (Commander Class), which was conferred by the Government of Jamaica in 2007. 12 | P a g e
    • Maurice Odle is a BSc, MSc Transnational Corporations in New York and, then, at and Ph.D graduate of the UNCTAD in Geneva. While in Geneva, he founded the London School of World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies Economics and has a (WAIPA). distinguished career as both an academic and His publications in the area of monetary and financial Dr. Maurice Odle international public servant. economics include: The Significance of Non-Bank Economic Adviser to the Financial Intermediaries in the Caribbean, UW1, 1972; Secretary-General He began his career as a Pension Funds in Labour Surplus Economies, UW1, Lecturer at the University of 1974; Multinational Insurance Companies and Middlesex and later became Dependency Operations, UWI, 1979; Multinationala Professor of Economics and Director of the Institute Banks and Underdevelopment, Pergamon Press (Newof Development Studies at the University of Guyana York) 1981; and Modern Management and Supervisionand a Professional Fellow at the University of the West of Financial Institutions (Co-Editor) United NationsIndies. He has authored many books and articles, (Bangkok and New York) 1992.particularly in the area of money and finance and at onetime was coordinator of the Regional Monetary Studies On returning to Guyana in 1997 he was appointedProgramme. Technical Adviser in the Caribbean Regional Negotiating Machinery. In 1999 he became EconomicAfter leaving academia, Dr. Odle had a 17½ year long Adviser to the Secretary-General of the Caribbeanstint in the United Nations system during which he was Community.a Director, firstly in the United Nations Centre on A recent retiree – 31 December While at UWI, he authored eight books and more than 2010 - from the CARICOM 70 articles. Among the positions he held there were: Secretariat and the Executive Management Committee is Dr. 1993: First Professorial Fellow of the Institute of Social Edward Greene who held the and Economic Research position of Assistant Secretary-General, Human and 1989-93: Pro-Vice Chancellor with responsibility for Social Development from Development and Alumni Affairs 2000-2010. He held Edward Greene (B.Sc responsibility for coordinating 1989: Appointed Full Professor Economics, M.S., Ph.D.) programmes in Education, Health, HIV/AIDS, Labour, 1984-90: Director, Institute of Social and EconomicCulture, Youth, Sport, Gender affairs and Crime and ResearchSecurity Dr. Greene has held appointments on several Boards ofPrior to his appointment at the CARICOM Secretariat, Directors and has been a consultant with most of theDr. Greene served as Adviser, Health and Human leading international agencies, including theDevelopment at the Pan American Health Organisation Commonwealth Secretariat, Inter-American(PAHO). Development Bank (IDB), World Bank, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United NationsDr. Greene joined the staff at St. Augustine Campus, Educational Scientific and Cultural OrganisationUniversity of the West Indies (UWI) in 1969 as Junior (UNESCO).Research Fellow immediately after graduating with aDoctorate in International Economic Relations from the We wish Dr. Greene well in his retirement.University of British Columbia. 13 | P a g e
    • „Long, Tough Journey‟ - Sir Edwin s a young man, Florence‟s boy - as he was then A commonly referred to by his elders - had a burning curiosity about the Caribbean, about physical interaction with those countries, having immersed himself in the West Indian Reader and similar publications that created in his mind vistas ofSir Edwin Carrington – longest serving Secretary- beautiful places and people.General Of course, those thoughts were shaped in no smallSir Edwin Wilberforce Carrington, a national of measure by his own serene corner of the earth, whereTrinidad and Tobago, has held the position of there were no luxuries of modern times, but whereSecretary-General of CARICOM since August 1992, there was family love and warmth, “no crime, no fear,”making him the longest serving Secretary-General and where the maxim `it takes a village to raise a child‟of the Caribbean Community. was indeed a reality.His distinguished career in Diplomacy and Edwin Carrington is still called Florence‟s boy by theDevelopment saw him serve as Deputy Secretary- Tobagonians who remember him from his home villageGeneral, and immediately thereafter, 1985-1990, as of Parlatuvier, but with the kind of pride and reverenceSecretary-General of the African, Caribbean and that comes with the recognition that `one of us‟ hasPacific Group of States (ACP) – the only Caribbean gone on to do great things.national to have held that position to date. Inacknowledgement of his outstanding service, And great things he has done. At the insistence of hisCarrington Hall at the ACP Secretariat (Brussels)is named in his honour. older brother, he went to high school – an unusual feat for a village youth and an “alien notion” for him.Mr. Carrington, an Economist is the holder of theTrinity Cross, his country‟s highest honour, as His attendance and excellent performance at highwell as the Chaconia Medal (Gold), Trinidad and school “did something for the village, because theTobago‟s second highest honour. folks said „if Florence could send Edwin to high school we could send Bernie or you could send Hugh to highHe has also been honoured by other Caribbean school…‟ and quite a few of the chaps and girls went toStates, being the recipient of the Companion of high school after that. It started a process,” heHonour of Barbados (CHB); the Order of recounted.Distinction of Belize; the Duarte, Sanchez Y Mella,Gran Cruz De Plata decoration of the Dominican As a young man, he entered the noble teachingRepublic; the Cacique Crown of Honour (CCH) of profession, albeit for a short while, then went into theGuyana, the Order of Jamaica, the Grand Officer in Public Service in Trinidad, and on to university, andthe Order of the Yellow Star of Suriname, and a entered the field of international relations andKnighthood from Antigua and Barbuda. diplomacy, and later became Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community.Recognition of Mr. Carrington‟s contribution to theCaribbean was expressed by the CaribbeanDiaspora, through the conferring in 2001 of the With 18 years under his belt as Secretary-General, HisPinnacle Award by the National Coalition of Excellency Sir Edwin Wilberforce Carrington, or `SG‟ asCaribbean Affairs. United States Secretary of State he is familiarly known throughout the Community, hasColin Powell was similarly honoured at that time. the distinction of being the longest serving Secretary- General of the regional integration movement.Secretary-General Carrington is the holder ofBachelors and Masters Degrees in Economics, It was a role he‟d never envisaged in his youth or earlyfrom the Universities of the West Indies and McGill adulthood. There was no CARICOM in those days andUniversity in Canada. He was also conferred with his first contact with regionalism would have been thethe degree of Honorary Doctor of Laws by the West Indian Federation.University of the West Indies and the CityUniversity of New York – CUNY (Medgar EversCollege). 14 | P a g e
    • “I never thought of myself being directly involved in the “All the staff in the Secretariat I considered my staffintegration process. But it‟s a strange thing: I used to and I had a responsibility for them…and because ofbe excited as a young boy when you look at the West that I treated them as they are my staff. I am very, veryIndian Reader and the Geography books on the West concerned about their welfare at all times...I had anIndian islands… Now I look back, it was an unexplained open door policy - any and every staff member couldexcitement about these islands, an innate desire to go see me if they wished, if they were prepared to wait,”there. he said.“Now I look back, I wonder what it was portending. But He feltit has carried on from that excitement to the life I have especiallylived. Those countries became part of my homeland,” responsibleSecretary-General Carrington said in an interview a few for the youngdays before the Christmas holidays. It was also a few people of thedays short of his retirement and after rounds of Region, forfarewell activities held in his honour. moulding them intoThe 18-year journey was long and tough, and his “regionalresponsibilities were weighty. personalities, regional“It was one which if you didn‟t have the stamina and assets” andthe guts for it, you couldn‟t last long…” harboured some regret atAcute sense of responsibility what he felt A gift for a special student, Junelyn Nanton was a of Petit Bordel Secondary School, St. VincentHe took his responsibilities very seriously, and deficiency in and the Grenadines.challenged those around him to do the same. His work informing,ethic was formidable, whether in the office or travelling involving, and interacting with the youth of thearound the Community and beyond. Those who have Community. He said that the CARICOM Secretariat,worked closely with him speak with admiration (and Member States, and regional institutions had a role tosometimes, consternation!) of his ability to keep long play in bringing the youths firmly on board. And while ithours, leading from the front. was not absolutely necessary for youths themselves to be agents of information and communication,“As I look back over the years and as I often was advocates should comprise an adequate mix ofmoved to observe, I am not sure that the Secretary- personnel including a cadre of youth at all levels.General had not found the secret to a 25-hour day. Thetime of the day or the day of the week made no “Youth deserve and need a particular concentration ofdifference to what had to be done and he led from way interaction within this Caribbean community to make itin front. It would be impossible to calculate or as effective as possible,” said Sir Edwin, who has beenunderstand the amount of time, mental, physical and honoured with an Eternal Youth award by theother energy that he has dedicated to CARICOM Government of Suriname.matters,” said Ms Desiree Field-Ridley, Adviser, SingleMarket and Sectoral Programmes. His duties extended to the populace at large for whom he felt an obligation to strengthen their knowledge of,In the 90-minute interview with the CARICOM View, Sir and involvement in, the integration movement.Edwin oftentimes referred to Article 24 of the RevisedTreaty of Chaguaramas which sets out the role of the “Whatever we do must benefit the people,” the formerSecretary-General. Secretary-General stressed, and underscored that people of the Region must know what is being done“I had an acute sense of responsibility throughout, in and must approve by their attitude and reaction.the sense that you feel you are responsible for allthings – whether you are the one actually doing it, “You lived in a constant state of being short-changed:whether it is your senior staff… That responsibility also what you knew in your bones should be done …andbecame very acute especially when you go extra- what your resources would allow you to get done,” heregional. The role of the Secretary-General is to said, in acknowledgement of the paucity of resourcesrepresent the Community. That‟s your first role, and I to adequately get that job done. He referred to thewas very conscious of that responsibility…”he said. “formidable budget” that the Europe had at its disposal for the publicity campaign to usher in the EuropeanHis sense of responsibility extended far and wide, to Union.the Heads of Government, to Secretariat staffers, to theyouth of the Community, and to the regional populace That hunger for informing and involving the populacein general. is nothing new. 15 | P a g e
    • He entered the regional public service with that Shridath Ramphal and that report came back in 1992enthusiasm and carried it through as Secretary- and was considered by Heads (and I must say that asGeneral. On one occasion, he recalled, he tried to fate would have it, that 1992 meeting of 28th Octoberbadger his mentor, Mr. William Demas, CARICOM‟s first was my first Heads of Government Meeting asSecretary-General, into creating a publication for the Secretary-General of the Community).”Region‟s students to learn about CARIFTA. Mr. Demastasked him with the production of the book. “There was of course increasing loss of preferential treatment in our critical market, Europe, and against“And that is how that first publication, `CARIFTA and that background, the institutions were adjusted tothe New Caribbean‟ came into being, with his input, of ensure as far as possible that we could respondcourse,” he recalled. Thereafter there were other adequately both to protect our interests and promotepublications and a series of town hall meetings our aspirations,” Sir Edwin said.throughout the Region to get the populace involved inthe process. Asked what he considered the greatest achievement under his watch, he responded: “We held it together,With amazing powers of recollection, Sir Edwin cited steady as it goes for such a long period. In a sense thatdates, Member States and some of the comments and must be the greatest achievement …”reactions that the town hall team garnered. “I don‟t think there is any one event or issue, but I“I don‟t think there is sufficient interaction. It‟s all well consider keeping the arrangements together, enlargingand good to write a book and put it out there for the it to take in new countries – Suriname, Haiti – revisingstudents to read, but there is need for more personal the Treaty, upgrading therefore the whole integrationinteraction. We didn‟t have enough of that. I believe arrangement bringing on board new structures, thethat to move to the next stage, we will need more of CCJ, the five C‟s, CROSQ, CDF – in other words,that. Technology has moved on, you have ICT4D, putting flesh on the body, holding it together, so thatthere‟s TV of course, and the social networking sites. over that period very rarely you would feel that theWhat we have to do is to use those which now exist, thing is collapsing.which are the best, to achieve that objective.” “We kept CARICOM going, we enlarged it, we deepenedJourney highlights it by the Single Market and Economy… we did all those things in that period and we are now able to deliver toSecretary-General Carrington‟s tenure spawned the the newtransition from the Caribbean Community and Common round ofMarket to the establishment of the CARICOM Single leaders. YouMarket and movement towards the Single Economy; know we arethe widening of the Community to include non-English- the longestspeaking Member States; as well as the a range of new survivinginstitutions that catered to the new needs of the integrationgrouping, among other major achievements. grouping in the world,In a farewell tribute to Sir Edwin, the Hon Bruce and forGolding, Prime Minister of Jamaica, referred to the about half ofprogress the Region made under “his able leadership, that life, Ithrough the steady pair of hands”. have been the“Dr. Carrington has served the Caribbean Community Secretary-for many, many years and for eighteen of those years General…I We kept CARICOM going: This billboard on thehe was Secretary-General, a position that he held and certainly CSME was spotted in St. Vincent and thedischarged with great distinction and commitment. didn‟t do it Grenadines.These were eighteen challenging years, eighteen years alone – Iduring which the CARICOM movement went through had able staff,” he said.significant transition where we made significantadvancement on the goals and objectives of the And his regrets? Acknowledging at this point that thereintegration movement,” Prime Minister Golding said. were only 24 hours in a day, Sir Edwin felt he did notNo doubt, Prime Minister Golding was alluding to the have enough time “to intermingle with the people outchallenges of the twin phenomena of globalisation and there – with the children, with the students.” Hetrade liberalization that practically dictated the explained that he had to operate as the head of a `linedirection the integration movement took. section‟ as well as oversee the entire operation which he suggested was “something we should try to avoid”“Those are the forces that the Heads (of Government) in order to make more time for such activities asforesaw in 1989 at the Grand Anse Meeting when they meeting the people.established the West Indian Commission under Sir 16 | P a g e
    • “I didn‟t get enough time to meet with the students;that would be my greatest regret. But I had to face thefact that if you were to give that time, something elsewould have had to pay the price.”Punishing paceThe hectic, punishing pace that the former Secretary-General carried was a point of reference in many aconversation, particularly among those who may haveaccompanied him on missions, or those who weremerely concerned observers.Just how did he do it?“Let us not equivocate: it has been extremely Sir Edwin and CARICOM Heads of Government interact with thedemanding but when you see some successes and you Canadian Prime Minister and team on the margins of the Summit ofget the appreciation from your bosses, it somehow the Americans in April 2009.energises you for the next leg. But I cannot deny that ithas been really demanding. “It has taken quite a toll on my body, the wear and tear… People say to me `how are you doing it‟, but“The travel when you have to go and do a meeting, something thathas been you know is important, something that you feelmost responsible for, something that you know you will benecessary held responsible for,… you get there!but mostdevastating Quoting Article 24 (a) of the Revised Treaty ofon the Chaguaramas, Sir Edwin pointed out that the duty ofbody, on the Secretary-General was to “`represent thehealth Community‟, not `represent the Community when you…From my were not tired, or when you feel that you could‟.earliestexistence in That is what you committed to do. If you can‟t do it, youthe should give up the job”.Secretariatin 1970 as His mentors, the late William Demas and Sir AlisterChief of Prime Minister the Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas and McIntyre, have been a constant during his work life,Economics Secretary-General Carrington share a light and gave him the kind of impetus he needed to get theand moment at the Annual General Meeting of job done.Statisticsstarting PANCAP held in St. Maarten. “…there is always …at the back of my mind, myunder William Demas, I learnt from him two things: I got mentors, William Demas and Alister McIntyre… I wantannoyed when I had to attend meetings, especially to make sure those guys could say `he‟s alright‟ and towhen I‟m preparing a study or report. I went to tell him be able to do that with those two fellows…! It‟s a kindthat the meetings were getting in the way of my work, of endorsement, knowing how they would feel.and he called me aside and said to me `meetings arenot an obstacle to your work; they are in fact the main They would always be my mentors,” said Sir Edwin.aspect of your work. What you do, you do all thisresearch and preparatory work to go to the meeting And what does Edwin Carrington do in his spare time?and at the meeting you try to educate, inform,influence, motivate the people at the meeting, so that “Edwin Carrington has had no spare time. The conceptthey would join you in doing the things that you want to disappeared increasingly over time, until it came to nil,do. So meetings are the most important part of your job virtually,” he said dryly, recalling that the last realnot an obstacle or hindrance …‟ I went back with my vacation he had might have been when he was atail between my legs, but I saw the wisdom, but to meet teacher, in August 1957!you have to travel. Even now with thevideoconferencing equipment, it is never as effective He was quick to point out, however, that it doesn‟tas sitting across the table, a face to face meeting …so matter when one was enjoying what one was doing,you have to travel. “and I was enjoying what I was doing.” 17 | P a g e
    • Over the years, as Secretary-General, Sir Edwin met Florence‟s boy has come a long way. His is awith at least 40 CARICOM Heads of Government. household name and familiar face in the Community. He has been knighted by Antigua and Barbuda, has“Most of the times I met Heads in groups, either at a been honoured by several CARICOM Member Statesmeeting, in caucus, or at the Bureau. The one-on-ones and Third States, and, in the new year, was identified tothat I had on occasion were not as frequent as one receive the Order of the Caribbean Community (OCC)might have wanted. the Community‟s highest honour. The tributes to him on the following pages are testimony to the impact hePressure and time, he pointed out, worked against has made on the Region, in the international arena, histhose kinds of meetings. vision, his philosophy, and his interaction with people from all walks of life.“When we met as a group…I enjoyed a pleasantrelationship with them… you always got a sense ofrespect and regard. 18 | P a g e
    • Honours for the Secretary-GeneralTowards the end of his tenure, Secretary-General His In addition, the Surinamese youth, on behalf of theExcellency Edwin W. Carrington was awarded the youth of the Region, also presented Secretary-Generalhighest honours of the Republic of Suriname and Carrington with the Youth Lifetime Award inAntigua and Barbuda. recognition of his leadership and commitment to act in equal partnership with us, the future of CARICOM. In November, the Secretary-General was knighted by Dame Louise Lake-Tack, Governor General of Antigua and Barbuda. These awards are in addition to the highest honours from his native Trinidad and Tobago, the Trinity Cross and the Chaconia Medla (Gold) the second highest award of Tobago. The Secretary-General is also the recipient of the Companion Honour of Barbados, the Order of Distinction of Belize; the Duarte, Sanchez Y Mella, Gran Cruz De Plata decoration of the Dominican Republic, the Cacique Crown of Honour (CCH) of Guyana, and the Order of Jamaica. On the following pages are snapshots of this year‟s awards ceremonies in Suriname and Antigua and Barbuda. Governor General Dame Louise Lake-Tack conferring the honour on Edwin Carrington.He was conferred with the Grand Order of the YellowStar of Suriname in October 2010 by His ExcellencyDesire Bouterse, President of Suriname. President Desire Bouterse invests Secretary-General Carrington with the Grand Order of the Yellow Star of Suriname.Sir Edwin Carrington speaking following the receipt of theaward. 19 | P a g e
    • (From left) Senator the Hon. Dr. L Errol Cort, Hon. Trevor Walker,Hon. Dr. Jacqui Quinn-Leandro, Governor General Dame LouiseLake-Tack, Sir Edwin Carrington, Senator the Hon. JoanneMassiah, Prime Minister W. Baldwin Spencer and the Hon. HaroldLovell. Governor General Dame Louise Lake-Tack, Sir Edwin Carrington and Lady Patricia Carrington. A toast to the awardees: From left are President of the Republic of Suriname, His Excellency Desire Bouterse, Secretary-General His Excellency Sir Edwin Carrington, Assistant Secretary- General Human and Social Development, Dr. Edward Greene, Chef de Cabinet, Office of the Secretary-General, Ms. Glenda Itiaba, Assistant Secretary-General, Trade and Economic Integration, Amb. Irwin LaRocque. At the function in Paramaribo, Suriname, Secretary- General Carrington was awarded the Grand Order of the Yellow Star of Suriname, while Dr. Greene was conferred with the second highest award, the Grand Sash in the Order of the Yellow Star. Both Secretary-General Carrington and Dr. Greene also received the Youth Lifetime Award from the youth of Suriname. 20 | P a g e
    • Tributes to Sir Edwin flow at the Thirty-First Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED)It was not your usual COTED Meeting. Not by any stretch integration movement... Sir, you epitomize goodof imagination. professional regional stewardship and that is why the government and people of Antigua and Barbuda accordedIn fact, the Council for Trade and Economic Development you the country‟s highest honour,” said Senator Massiah,(COTED), usually devoted to the tough business of Minister of State in the Ministry of Legal Affairs, Antiguacharting the Community‟s trade course, was on 3 and 4 and Barbuda.December 2010, punctuated by emotional tributes, roundsof applause and at least one bout of spontaneous singing. At her invitation, delegates to the Meeting stood and applauded the Secretary-General for his “hard work andWhat was so different this time around? It was Sir Edwin dedication”.Carrington‟s last Meeting of the COTED as Secretary-General of CARICOM. Of the four Councils of the Leading the tributes on the final day of the Meeting Friday,Community, it was the one to which he was closest, the the Hon Karl Samuda, Minister of Industry, Investment andone where, as an economist, he had found his footing. Commerce, Jamaica, said it was a pleasure and honour to be exposed to the Secretary-General‟s leadership. HisAt the official opening of the experiences with theMeeting at the Prince Hotel, Secretary-General, he told theProvidence, Guyana, the Meeting, were ones he “wouldtributes began when the Hon cherish for the rest of his life.”Jennifer Webster Minister inthe Ministry of Finance, He alluded to Sir Edwin‟s questGuyana praised Secretary- for the upliftment andGeneral Carrington‟s development of the social and“outstanding and invaluable economic circumstances of thecontribution to CARICOM” people of the Caribbean thatpointing out especially the key was done in a “calm,role he played in moving the sophisticated and selflessCSME from “a vision way.”statement to where we aretoday”. On behalf of the Government of Jamaica, Minister SamudaIn a moving tribute that ended Sir Edwin, Ms. Faye Housty of the CARICOM Development Fund wished the Secretary-Generalwith his warm embrace of the continued good health and and Amb. Byron Blake, former Assistant Secretary-General,Secretary-General, Assistant hoped that he would continue Trade and Economic Integration at Sir Edwin’s final COTEDSecretary-General, Trade and to make a contribution to the Meeting, December 2010. development of “this greatEconomic Integration,Ambassador Irwin LaRocque pointed to Sir Edwin‟s Community called CARICOM.”“tremendous contribution to the Secretariat and to theRegion”, his generosity of time to provide direction, his Senator, the Hon. Haynesley Benn, Barbados‟ Minister ofgreat sense of the realpolitik of the Community and of Trade and Commerce - participating in his first COTEDintegration, and the high currency attached to his name in Meeting - broke into song, and soon, the delegates werethe corridors of power, internationally. all singing `For he‟s a jolly good fellow‟.“So SG, I want to say to you, thank you, thank you, thank Dr. Carl Francis, Permanent Secretary in the Trinidad andyou. That thank you comes from me and I guess from the Tobago‟s Ministry of Trade and Industry first met theCommunity,” he said to rousing applause. Secretary-General in Brussels and said that the encounters all resulted in smart learning experiences. AIn her opening address, Senator the Hon Joanne Massiah, great deal of what he had learnt about internationalthe Chair of COTED, praised the Secretary-General‟s diplomacy was at the feet of the Secretary-General.outstanding tenure, and pointed to the pivotal role heplayed in the establishment of a number of key regional In response, Secretary-General Carrington, clearly moved,institutions and his assistance in the elaboration of the congratulated Senator Massiah on her stewardship aswork of the COTED, Chair of the Meeting and said the conduct of the sessions was the most fitting way to mark his final meeting of thein particular negotiations leading to the crafting of the Council to which he was so closely attached.Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas and the implementation ofits provisions. “This was very special. Perhaps the powers that be upstairs arranged to have this done for me,” he said, as he“Indeed, Sir Edwin‟s even temperament and steadfast embraced her.hands at the wheel of CARICOM have guided the regional 21 | P a g e
    • Reflections “A hard act to follow” Conceiving, much less and writing anything unique is a In addition, you have taken the Region to the brink of the illusory, demanding challenge. As a long- Single Economy, not even standing friend and colleague, I attained in the most advanced have always been in admiration of integration system, the European your ability to weave thoughts Community. In this regard your and actions to achieve solutions. legacy would ever be recorded in Your task at the helm of the the annals of integration history, CARICOM Secretariat for more not only in the Caribbean, but than eighteenth years required the globally, as attested to by the steely character and genuine countless regional and commitment to the cause of international awards bestowed on regionalism that so few mortals you over the years. It is not Dr. Edward Greene possess. It demanded resolute without significance that your Assistant Secretary-General will, passion, dedication and love surname (Carrington) intersects Human and Social Development for the people of this Region to so with CARICOM. It is as if you have persistently advocate that “better been destined to “carry”,The Most Illustrious, Excellency, must come”. CARICOM. You did, and did itGrand Master, Sir Edwin. well. Yours will be a hard act to You demit office not necessarily follow.These are all accolades so richly achieving all your dreams for thisdeserved for one who has regional movement but could take The people of this Region willcontributed so much to so many pride in the fact that you would ever record an inadequateacross the Regions of Africa, have presided over so many appreciation for the superlativeCaribbean and the Pacific. Many successes including the service that you have given, Oh!deservedly glowing tributes have implementation of the critical Most Illustrious One.already been made to your elements of the CARICOM Singleremarkable tenure at CARICOM. Market which we now enjoy. Peace and love. SG has great sense of SG is someone who has always was asserting his authority, but realpolitik of the given of his time, even at the wee because in the case of any fall- hours of the morning, when you out, he wanted to ensure that his Community want to find him in any part of the staff and his advisers were world to give advice, to give protected. That is something I direction. He is someone I admire really admire about him. for so many reasons chief among them being that he possesses a SG has been recognised by many great sense of the realpolitik of Member States in the Community the Community and of the politics with their highest awards: we of integration. Edwin Carrington have a standing joke among us has a great sense of the politics of about which of his titles we integration. He has a great sense should address him by. of anticipating, and correctly so, the political mood of integration, As far afield as you can think of Amb. Irwin LaRocque what may happen and what may Secretary-General Carrington is Assistant Secretary, not happen, and he has a great known. It always amazes me Trade and Economic Integration sense of the right moment to when we travel, the high currency introduce items to the Regional value that is placed on his name,How do you pay tribute to from Brussels where he livedsomeone who has made such a agenda. before coming to the Secretariattremendous contribution to the more than 18 years ago, toSecretariat and the Region, SG is a keen listener. He always seeks advice, but at the end of the Washington.someone who has been a mentor,a leader, a friend? day when a difficult decision is to be made he would always advise I want to say ‟thank you, thank that we place it in the Secretary- you, thank you‟. That „thank you‟ General‟s name, not because he comes from me as well as from the Community. 22 | P a g e
    • “Privilege, honour to The most obvious trait of Those of us who have worked Secretary-General Carrington is with Secretary General Carringtonserve under Sir Edwin” his unwavering commitment to directly and consistently over the the enterprise of our integration years, would certainly endorse movement. This commitment and these tributes. dedication has steadied and bolstered him and the Staff of the The Staff of the Secretariat also CARICOM Secretariat over the owe Secretary-General Carrington sometimes very challenging a debt of gratitude for it was periods during these past through his vision and eighteen years. His commitment determination that we concluded has been a source of inspiration the arrangements with the and admiration for me and indeed Government of Guyana for the several of my colleagues in the construction of our Headquarters organisation. I have also been building – a national and regional Ms. Glenda Itiaba struck by his political astuteness landmark. Chef de Cabinet, Office of the Secretary-General and his ability to interact effectively with Member States at On behalf of my colleagues in theIt has been my privilege and all levels. In tributes to him, entire Office of the Secretary-honour to serve under Secretary- following the announcement of General, I thank you Secretary-General Sir Edwin Carrington his demission, some Heads of General for your mentorship,during his tenure as Chief Government have described him advice and guidance; yourExecutive Officer of our as “consummate diplomat, contribution to our professionalCommunity. I say so having spent scholar and gentleman”, “a true growth and development¸; andthe better part of my professional integrationist” and “very fair and most importantly for your servicelife working directly with him at balanced in his dealings with all to and leadership of our belovedthe CARICOM Secretariat. Member States and Associate Community. Members”. Contingent Rights that should “He led from way in He has been a force behind trying accompany that free movement. to get the necessary political and front” other support and action for ensuring that the institutional and As a member of the agriculture other intrinisic arrangements for fraternity in the Secretariat, it was the CSME are put in place and so satisfying to see SG‟s growing working. I have memories of his re-attachment to agriculture in the efforts to ensure the viability and Region and his strong advocacy the effectiveness of the CSME for the recognition of its Unit of the Secretariat when it was importance for the Region‟s established in Barbados. I also development. One of his have memories of meetings, his satisfactions must be the re- telephone calls and his emergence of agriculture on the exchanges with the Lead Prime front burner of the CARICOM Ms. Desiree Field-Ridley Minister and the Chairman of the Agenda. Adviser Advisory Council to the Prime Single Market and Sectoral As I look back over the years andProgrammes, CARICOM Secretariat Ministerial Sub-Committee and his diplomatic persistence on what as I often was moved to observe, I could work and what should be in am not sure that the SecretaryI think one of the striking features General had not found the secretof interaction with the Secretary place. What comes across in working with the Secretary to a 25 hour day. The time of theGeneral is the evidence of his day or the day of the week madecommitment to things Regional. I General regarding giving effect to the CSME is his insistence on the no difference to what had to became back to the Secretariat with done and he led from way in front.Edwin Wilberforce as Secretary appreciation of the importance of free movement of persons in the It would be impossible toGeneral and to the early stages of calculate or understand thethe revision of the Treaty of whole CSME schema. I am therefore fairly certain that one of amount of time, mental, physicalChaguaramas leading to the and other energy that he hasCaribbean Community flagship of his regrets would be that the Community has not yet come to dedicated to CARICOM matters.the CARICOM Single Market andEconomy. agreement on the cluster of 23 | P a g e
    • Within the Secretariat, as a senior about the welfare of his staff and the Secretary-General‟s view ofmember of staff, from the many went the extra mile to that end. effectiveness in communicatingdiscussions with the SG and the But, as Secretary-General with Member States and hislengthy interchanges, you just Carrington formally leaves the maxim – sending is not receivingknew when to leave some matters Secretariat, if nothing else, I think – and that therefore there isalone. Not surprisingly, he held to whenever we think of ICT and the always the need to check thathis views but also he was caring Secretariat, we remember among what has been sent has in fact other things, been received. Such was the vision and fortitude resulting in the establishment of of SG. Joint Commissions or similar “A man of vision and arrangements with now thirteen Today, the Community can be fortitude” from a figure of two (Mexico and satisfied that the relations forged Canada) and accreditation of high with neighbouring and far-flung level representatives from twenty- states have provided much of the two third countries or groupings. technical assistance which Where there were challenges such supports so many of our regional as forming a regional programmes not including the arrangement with Cuba at a time traditional support provided when not all CARICOM countries within the EU/CARIFORUM held diplomatic relations with that Relationship. country, he used his skills as a diplomat, a negotiator and a On a more personal note, I can visionary to impress on all vouch that the Secretary-General Member States the wisdom of Ms. Charmaine Atkinson-Jordan always welcomed the input of his Executive Director forging such a relationship. The more junior staff often recounting Human Resource Management, Secretary-General showed that he was the beneficiary of CARICOM Secretariat fortitude in taking the formation of such useful discourse with the Association of Caribbean William Demas. I was therefore“Be careful Secretary-General States, a recommendation from encouraged to express my(SG), you may be going faster the West Indian Commission, opinion, and was not hesitant inthan your staff can keep up, let from idea to reality in four short doing so fully recognising andalone our Member States”. These months. In this he tarried respecting that these would notor similar words were spoken to relentlessly and without a budget necessarily be shared by the SG.the SG shortly after his arrival in to support its creation, nor the1992 as SG took on the challenge firm language skills to support It is therefore without hesitationof inserting CARICOM in the negotiation among twenty-five that I declare on his departure -international arena. At seemingly states speaking at least four WELL DONE SG, we salute you.lightening speed, relationships languages.were spawned with Third States “A career of In my over thirty years of knowing has been a career of and interacting with “Carrie” or uninterrupted “SG”, as he is addressed uninterrupted distinction. distinction” depending on the era in which Over the years Karen and I and one came into contact with him, our children have shared and one constant has been his enjoyed the closest of friendship unstinting and indefatigable with SG. We still fondly recall his commitment to the Caribbean annual visits in Brussels just Community. In every sphere of before midnight on 24th December his professional life he has always to deliver Christmas gifts to our placed the interests of CARICOM boys, who absolutely delighted in at the forefront of his endeavours. the ritual. By now, his penchant It has been my privilege to have for remembering dates and Mr. David Hales served with him in each of the telephone numbers is well Executive Director, External Trade, arenas in which he has worked recognized. Equally impressive CARICOM Secretariat outside of his homeland and have was how readily he processed no hesitation in stating that his and stored our new numbers 24 | P a g e
    • when we changed residence. He distinguished career, Karen and I for which he has beentook special pride in this attribute. join with the rest of our appropriately recognised. colleagues in applauding andAs he closes this chapter of his thanking him for his leadership Walk good Sir Edwin. “He has always seen the bigger picture” The Chairman of the Meeting, the He also has a lighter side. I once now deceased Shree Chan of went to the SG to inform him that Guyana, commended the SG for the Association was planning an batting very well during that activity to raise funds, and meeting. solicited a donation from him. He jokingly remarked: “Baje me „fraid Our paths have been consistently the scandal that the money thief”. co-planar since 1996 when I I jokingly responded: “SG at least joined the Secretariat. The SG I would not thief yours”. We both has been many things to me: had a good laugh. Mr. Timothy Odle Deputy Programme Manager, mentor, brother, father, friend, and comforter. I have dealt with Finally, I have had very few Services, CARICOM Secretariat regrets with respect to my years him in many capacities and I will focus on two. of encounter with SG Carrington. The greatest one is that I did notI first met Secretary General spend at least five minutes a weekCarrington in 1993 when I I worked with him as President of the Staff Association. SG to bask in the wealth of hisattended the Forty-Fourth Meeting experience. It is not that we didof the Common Market Council as Carrington loves his staff. He sees and treats them as part of not try. Every time we met it wasBarbados‟ delegate. refreshing. his biological family. Anyone canSG Carrington had only taken up approach him. Anyone can seek facilitation or help. I remember we SG I can boldly say without fear ofoffice a few months earlier and contradiction: You have fought athere was talk that he was the had a staff meeting to discuss salary increases/ adjustments. I good fight for the Region, and its“new kid on the block”. If my people - past, present and future..memory serves me well, I think was prepared to mobilize staff to strike. SG simply counseled me to You were definitely one of thethat it was his first meeting as blocks cut out to fit into theSecretary General of the “hold my gun powder”. You see, he saw the bigger picture. He has integration edifice. You haveCommunity with the members of sown precious and enduringthe Council. always seen the bigger picture. That is why he has successfully seed. May GOD bless you and led the Region for eighteen years. your family. 25 | P a g e
    • SG demonstrated commitment, faith in regional mission” Sir Edwin has had the distinction of guiding the Secretariat, the His was, no doubt, a task confronted by myriad challenges. engine of the integration Yet he was able to overcome the movement, through its most obstacles by a demonstration of critical evolutionary period. The commitment and faith in the establishment of the Caribbean regional mission. Single Market and the Caribbean The many awards from Court of Justice are among the governments and institutions most significant achievements throughout the region and beyond attained under his watch. The are testimony to the respect and Ms. Volderine Hackett widening arch of integration to appreciation for his valuable Senior Project Officer, include CARIFORUM, the ACS, the contribution and commitment to PANCAP Pan Caribbean Partnership the Region. against HIV & AIDS are but fewIn the annals of the Caribbean examples of the landmarks thatCommunity and its Secretariat, emerged as he charted the course As a leader he was focused andthe legacy of Sir Edwin Carrington of integration. purposeful. As a “boss”, he waswill be deeply etched. Fondly accessible and approachable.referred to as SG, his 18 years In this way, SG is justified in Indeed, he touched the lives ofbetween 1992 and 2010 reflecting on his success in each member of the Secretariat indistinguishes him as the longest keeping the CARICOM system one way or another. I have noserving Secretary-General to date. relevant to the objectives and doubt that his retirement is wellAnd what eventful years they goals of the integration process. earned and I wish him the verywere? best. “His dedication, commitment to Community is It is a great honour for me to be It is my pleasure to have been Commendable” working with the Secretary- General, Sir Edwin Carrington, for associated with the Most the last three years of his tenure. Illustrious Sir Edwin Carrington. It For me, working with the is good to know that even though Secretary-General has been the he is leaving the Secretariat he is greatest learning experience and not leaving the Community. the peak of my career. His dedication and commitment to the Let me take this opportunity in Community is commendable. To wishing Sir Edwin, an enjoyable work as part of the team in the and well-deserved retirement. Ms. Bissoondai (Pam) Jaipaul Office of the Secretary-General is Senior Secretary, an incomparable experience Office of the Secretary-General indeed. 26 | P a g e
    • “SG Carrington was While I was no stranger to long whom the S-G had been speaking hours at work, in the S-G‟s office, and who had been asked to pass deeply concerned the habit of working for long on additional changes.about the well-being of hours and on weekends and public holidays became Work aside, I found S-Ghis staff and of people engrained, so much so that Carrington to be deeply in general” anyone leaving earlier than usual concerned about the well-being of (including the S-G) would be his staff and of people in general. teased that he or she might suffer He was sympathetic when he from sunburn. One of my learnt of a crisis in a staff memories is of a very hectic member‟s life and wanted to know period, when S-G was due to what he could do to help. In those arrive in Guyana on the evening of days, he tried to meet with any Holy Thursday and scheduled to staff member who asked for a leave for a major meeting in Brazil meeting with him, whether it was on the morning following Easter to discuss personal or Mrs. Sandra Granger Monday. He called on Holy professional matters. This Thursday morning to ask where extended to perfect strangers whoIn January 1999, I was assigned to we were with our preparations for would call requesting histhe Office of the Secretary- his mission and whether the staff assistance.General for three weeks, to assist would be in office on Good Friday.in preparations for the scheduled I responded that our staff were One example of his caring that IInter-Sessional Meeting of the good Christians and were not can recall is his response to anConference of Heads of planning to work on that day. S-G appeal he received from aGovernment, which was being promptly asked me, “So which Guyanese mother whose son,convened in Suriname that church are you going to?” I who had recently undergoneFebruary. My three week replied that I usually worshipped surgery, had been stranded inassignment lasted for three years. in the wide open spaces. We Grand Cayman after theThose years proved to be laughed and S-G said, “So I‟ll see devastation of Hurricane Mitch.challenging, sometimes frenetic, you on Saturday?” I assured him The S-G asked to me to follow upalways educational and – for the that I had briefed the staff and we on this matter for him. Aftermost part – enjoyable. all planned to be in the office on messages to Grand Cayman and Saturday. We worked that calls to Jamaica had been madeWorking with S-G Carrington was Saturday, a bit of Sunday and up to ensure that the gentlemana pleasure, since he anticipated to midday on Easter Monday, to could get a flight home, the S-G‟sthat his staff would approach their ensure that S-G would leave for concern did not cease until heduties with the same focus and his meeting as fully prepared as learnt the morning after hisdedication that he himself possible. scheduled return, that the youngpossessed. He was also man had been restored to hisapproachable in that one could We learnt that S-G constantly mother and that he had left to goask, and would get responses to revised his speeches and to the barber.questions raised or clarification presentations and that they couldsought. He never overtly only be considered „final‟ when Humour often leavened thedemanded it, but the knowledge they had actually been delivered. I frenetic pace at which we worked,that there were deadlines to be remember being in the midst of so that there was gentle teasingmet, crises to be averted or to be seasoning my meats at home one and joking. A quiet comment fromconfronted, and schedules to be Christmas Eve day, when S-G the S-G would alert us to the factjuggled or finessed, pressed one called from Trinidad to tell me he that he also found entertainmentto strive to ensure that S-G was wanted to make some changes to in some of the situations in whichbriefed as fully as possible and a paragraph in his year end we found ourselves. Of course,armed with his schedule and the message, but he was worried many of these have to remain indocuments he needed for his because the Secretariat had house.myriad meetings and missions. I already closed for the holidayssometimes accompanied him, and he couldn‟t locate either of All in all, I can say that workingalways travelling with a spare set his secretaries. I assured the S-G closely with S-G Carringtonof documents in case he could that we had all taken home an provided me and inspired me withnot immediately lay his hands on electronic copy of his message in an understanding of hisa document he required at a the event that he might call to edit dedication and commitment to thespecific time. There were also it, and that I would power up my Region and its people, and of aoccasions where I would receive a computer and call him back. I got person who never forgot his rootscall from the S-G and have to three other calls with „minor and the values he inculcated inimmediately make arrangements amendments‟, the last being late the village of Parlatuvier, Tobago.for travel. that afternoon from Mr. Blake, to 27 | P a g e
    • “Forty-seven years of But Carrie was not only brains. He That friendship lasted until Jerry‟s quality memories” was also active on the playing early demise. field, playing both cricket and football. To this day, he boasts We also did a fair share of about the contribution that he partying, either in Section M or in made to the winning goal in a Enachu Street in Section K, which match against the hitherto was the Carringtons second home unbeaten Chancellor Hall. I still or at Sheila Chan‟s House on recall being on the sideline, Eping Avenue, Bel Air Park or at rooting for Irvine and chanting the Colgrain House at fetes hosted by Ms. Marilyne Trotz refrain “Irvine Hall, Irvine Hall, Willie Demas or Alistair Irvine Hall plays better football." McIntyre. It is a shame that thatMy relationship with Edwin tradition of partying and liming isCarrington goes back to 1963 My next encounter with him was no longer as strong.when I returned to the University in Canada where he had gone toof the West Indies at Mona, McGill University to continue Then the Carrington‟s moved toJamaica, after a two-year stint in post-graduate studies and I was at Brussels. Whenever Carrie cameFrance. Carrie, as he was the University of Toronto. We to Georgetown, he always cameaffectionately called, was also in communicated on the telephone around and on a number ofhis final year, having entered the and I remember going to occasions he actually stayed withinstitution in 1961. We both lived Montreal to EXPO where I met the us. One summer, the girls and Iin Irvine Hall, he in Block D, a family. Friends in Montreal kept spent a wonderful week inmale block and I in Block A, one me abreast of the contribution he Brussels and were recipients ofof the female blocks. I was was making to the academic the Carrington hospitality.immediately impressed by his community.agility of mind and his obvious It is amazing how many qualityleadership qualities, not to I returned home in 1970 and not memories can be accumulated inmention his wry sense of long after Carrie and family forty-seven years. I constantlyhumour. I asked one of my moved to Georgetown where he mull over them with greatcolleagues who was that guy and I he had accepted a post as Chief nostalgia. Working for thewas told that he was one of the of Economics at the CARICOM Secretary-General has been abright sparks in the Economics Secretariat. As fate would have it, learning experience and myprogramme from whom great he moved in to a house in Section professional admiration of himthings were expected. It was not M, Campbellville, in a house enhances the bonds of oursurprising that he was President obliquely opposite to ours. A friendship.of the Economics Society. Nor vibrant relationship developedwas it surprising that he obtained between our two I wish him a happy and rewardingan Upper Second Class Honours families, especially between my retirement which he so richlyDegree and won a UWI post son Garth and Jerry. deserves.graduate scholarship. “A stickler for time” Even with routine tasks such as - Ms. Phyllis French secretary‟s day would sometimes answering the telephone there exceed 12 hours!). On occasionEven though Dr. Edwin could be no room for mediocrity. he would even observe lateCarrington, who I fondly refer to One could never tell when it was comers from his office window asas SG, was focused on the overall he at the end of the line, or as he if it were a hobby.cause of regional integration, he would say,` that could have beenwas equally concerned with the a Head of Government‟. On a The quality of the servicesdetails of running the Office of the personal note, SG was a generous provided by his Office wasSecretary-General where I served man. He insisted on meeting with especially important to the SG.as his secretary for a total of 12 people from all walks of life – Strenuous efforts had to be takenyears. giving a willing ear, hand or to ensure that documents were shoulder. He consistently prepared to perfection. ThereA stickler for time, SG was always contributed to numerous varied could be absolutely no error inat his desk very early each day in causes which were never sending the document to thereadiness for a 12 hour plus work trumpeted or advertised. He intended recipient. He alwaysday. Reporting for duty at 8:30 inspired me. insisted that “sending is notinstead of for 8:30 hrs would receiving” and we had to doublecause his ire (notwithstanding the His high expectations made me check confirmation of receipt. 28 | P a g e
    • set high standards for myself and There were also numerous I knew it would be quite anultimately led me to further my invitations for lunch and dinner at adjustment to work elsewhere andstudies at the University of Colgrain House on festive when I finally moved out of theGuyana. I learnt a lot from him. occasions. office, it was only then I realisedSG even loved to share his lunch how lucky I had been to haveand could never refuse the Over the twelve years that I worked with SG.opportunity to share in food worked for Dr. Carrington in theprepared to the highest quality by Office of the Secretary-General I I am grateful for the opportunity tothe Colgrain House staff. felt so safe and comfortable under have worked with him. his leadership. 29 | P a g e
    • Death of a Prime Minister The Hon. David On 14 May, at a media briefing, Prime Minister Thompson, Prime Thompson announced he was not enjoying the best of Minister of health. He had been suffering from stomach pains Barbados since March and had undergone tests in Barbados succumbed to which were inconclusive. He travelled to the United pancreatic cancer States for further medical intervention and on 23 October 2010 subsequently handed over Prime Ministerial duties to at his private Attorney-General and Deputy Prime Minister Freundel residence in Stuart. Mapps, St. Phillip, Barbados. His wife Prime Minister Thompson, 48, served just under three Mara, and years as Head of Government of Barbados. In that daughters Mischa, short span, however, he made a lasting impression on Oya and Osa-Marie, and meaningful contribution to the Community, havingThe late Prime Minister of Barbados, were at his bedside served as lead Head of Government with responsibilitythe Hon. David Thompson. when he died. for the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) in the CARICOM Quasi Cabinet.A lawyer by profession, he was the third sitting primeminister of Barbados to die in office. He was buried on 3 November 2010 after an official period of mourning that began on 23 October 2010. The following are some of the tributes made on his passing:“We in Jamaica are deeply saddened by the passing of lead roles within CARICOM on external tradeBarbadian Prime Minister, the Honourable David negotiations and the development of the CaribbeanThompson. It is a great loss not only to the people of Single Market and Economy.Barbados but, indeed, the entire Caribbean. The Caribbean has lost at the young age of 48 one ofWhile we were painfully aware of the severity of his its most vibrant leaders, the promise which he offeredillness, we never gave up hope for his recovery. Now, and the hope that he instilled.he has left us and we join with his family, thegovernment and people of Barbados in mourning his On behalf of the government and people of Jamaica, Ideath. offer our heartfelt condolences to his widow, Mara, their three daughters and the other members of hisPrime Minister Thompson was in office for less than family. Over these past several months, they havethree years but in that short space of time he had endured many anxious moments and must now comestamped his leadership on Barbados and established to grips with the reality of his passing. We assure themhimself as a strong and forceful leader within the of the prayerful support of the Jamaican people at thisregion, fiercely committed to the development of difficult time.Barbados, but just as passionately committed toregional development. We offer our good wishes and support, also, to Prime Minister Freundel Stuart who now takes up the mantleI valued highly the solid, collaborative relationship he to fulfill the mission that David left behind”. Primeand I enjoyed as we worked together in our respective Minister of Jamaica, the Hon Bruce Golding. 30 | P a g e
    • “It is with great sadness I learned this morning of the Prime Minister Thompson was the first Prime Ministerpassing of Prime Minister David Thompson. On behalf to visit Grenada following my party‟s victory at theof the government and people of Grenada I express polls in July 2008.condolences to his family, his Cabinet, and thegovernment and people of Barbados. He will be remembered for his soft-spoken but firm leadership, determination and perseverance to workPrime Minister Thompson was a friend, a Caribbean towards an improved quality of life for the people ofvisionary and a leader whose wisdom was beyond his Barbados and the people of this region.years. As part of the Caribbean nation, Grenada mourns withHis leadership in building and deepening the the people of Barbados on the news of the passing of arelationship with the OECS and at the wider CARICOM truly wonderful person and one of Barbados‟ greatlevel will be greatly missed. He understood the need for sons”. Prime Minister of Grenada, the Honus to work together to build a Caribbean identity. Tillman Thomas. “We had all been generally Prime Minister Thompson‟s deliberate, evidence-based aware of the serious nature approach to issues and the search for their resolution, of his affliction with while not always popular, sought to provide a well- pancreatic cancer but had grounded basis for decision making. been hoping and praying that somehow he would have His calm, deliberate manner also served to facilitate the overcome this challenge. discussions of the most delicate and difficult matters at Well it was not to be and we the highest level. Those said qualities endeared him to are all deeply saddened by most of us.” his passing. To his wife Mara, his daughters and other members ofHis short term as Prime Minister of Barbados and thus his family and to the Government and people ofMember of the Conference of Heads of Government of Barbados, we join in mourning the loss of thisthe Caribbean Community did not afford him the outstanding Caribbean son of the soil”. Secretary-opportunity and scope to make the full contribution his General Carrington.talents promised to bring to the integration process atthat level.“It is with deep sadness that I learned of the passing of I remember that we had an excellent relationship whenHon. David Thompson, Prime Minister of Barbados this we interacted at the ministerial level when we weremorning (Saturday, October 23). Despite the gravity of both Ministers of Finance for our respective countriesthe prognosis, one could not help hoping that in the early 1990s. I recall being very impressed witheventually, he would win the valiant struggle that he his grasp of issues and depth of knowledge.waged against the cancer that had invaded his life.Sadly, this was not to be. The Region is the poorer for the early departure of one who was so well equipped to continue making aWe have lost a fine Caribbean leader, a patriot who, significant contribution to refiguring the contours ofthroughout his life, demonstrated a passionate interest CARICOM to meet the challenges of a world in thein the politics of his country, which he identified as an process of rapid transition.important vehicle for national and regionaldevelopment. It was no mean achievement to have I extend condolences to his wife Mara, children, otherbecome the leader of his Party and Prime Minister at family members and the people of Barbados and praysuch a relatively young age. However, this was not that all may be strengthened and comforted during thissurprising to those who were exposed to hiscommitment, affability, fine mind and analytical skills. time of mourning”. P. J. Patterson ON, OCC, PC, QC. 31 | P a g e
    • “The CARICOM Youth Ambassador Corps is Indeed, in a National address in March this year, Primeprofoundly saddened by the passing of the Prime Minister Thompson again reiterated his passion toMinister of Barbados, the Honourable David Thompson. serve youth as he insightfully developed new strategies to push forward his Youth Agenda - a promise he madeIn his personal and professional life, Mr. Thompson in 2008 to tackle and resolve issues of concern toproved himself to be a champion of youth issues and young people.played an integral role in forming several associationsthat inherently seek to promote positive youth The Caribbean Community has lost a great publicdevelopment. His role in The Youth in Business servant.Programme as well as the Barbados Youth Service istestament to this dedication. We would like to offer sincere condolences to the Thompson family and to the Government and people of Barbados”. CARICOM Youth Ambassadors“I was deeply sorry to learn of the passing of David At this moment of mourning and grief that theThompson. While I knew he was gravely ill, the news of Democratic Labour Party is experiencing, I extend thehis death was still hurtful”. deepest sympathy and fraternal support of the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party”.The Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party leader said:“David Thompson was a good personal friend of many “On behalf of my family and myself, I extend sincereyears standing. It is a matter of great regret to me that condolences to David Thompson‟s entire family andafter the years of working so diligently for the Prime pray God‟s blessings and guidance for them”.Ministership, he was not able to fulfill his potential asan outstanding head of government of Barbados and “The Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party and all itsas a Caribbean leader”. members, supporters and friends also extend to all the people of Barbados our sorrow at this tragic moment of“The close Relations between the Democratic Labour their history and we assure them of our support forParty of Barbados and the Antigua and Barbuda Labour them as they mourn their young leader”. The HonParty go back many years to Errol Barrow and V C BirdSnr. Lester Bird, Opposition Leader, Antigua and Barbuda. 32 | P a g e
    • Community poorer for the loss of a distinguished leader TRIBUTE BY HON. BRUCE GOLDING, PRIME MINISTER OF JAMAICA AND CHAIRMAN OF THE CONFERENCE OF HEADS OF GOVERNMENT OF THE CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY, TO THE HON. DAVID THOMPSON, LATE PRIME MINISTER OF BARBADOS 3 November 2010Ever since we became aware of David‟s illness, we hoped and prayed that this day would not come – not now, not so soon.The entire Caribbean Community has been left much poorer for the loss of one of its distinguished leaders.We restrain ourselves from asking why, for we dare not question God‟s will. Still, we are deeply grieved that someone with so muchpromise, someone who represented so much hope, should have been taken from us so soon.Those of us who have followed David‟s career – his election to Parliament at the tender age of 25, his service as a Member ofParliament and Minister of Government over more than 20 years, the dignity with which he rode the waves of political triumphs anddisappointments, his emergence as Prime Minister of Barbados and the courage and serenity with which he faced his own death – allrecognize that this was no ordinary man.David assumed the leadership of Barbados at a time of great challenge, a time when the world was entering the worst economiccrisis of our lifetime. It has had a severe effect on Barbados as, indeed, all the countries of the region and, like others of us who cameto office around the same time, he swam against the currents to preserve the commitments he had made to the Barbadian peoplewhich formed the mandate he had been given. In the face of these difficulties, David led Barbados with a clear mind and steadyhands.He made a significant impact in the short space of time that he worked with us among Caribbean Heads of Government. He brought asharp, refreshing and engaging perspective to issues affecting CARICOM. He was a realist and a pragmatist, qualities that so oftenmisrepresented his commitment to regionalism – for he was passionately a Caribbean man dedicated to regional development andthe attainment of prosperity throughout the region.As we worked together – he as the lead Prime Minister on the implementation of our flagship programme, the Caribbean SingleMarket and Economy, and I with responsibility for external trade negotiations – I developed great admiration for his clarity of thoughtand his profound understanding of the issues affecting Caribbean development. He was a man who could always be taken at hisword – he said what he meant and meant what he said.All of us, CARICOM leaders, will miss his wise counsel, his timely and effective interventions, his calmness even in contentiousdebates and that frankness that was so often tempered with his inimitable dry humour.Today, we bid him farewell and, even though we mourn his passing, we celebrate his life and give thanks that he honoured us bysharing so much of that life with us, giving so much of that life to us. Abraham Lincoln said it well: “Die when I may, I want it said of me by those who knew me best that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.”On behalf of my colleague Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community, I extend to Mara, their three lovely daughters and theother members of his family not only our heartfelt condolences but our love and prayerful support at this time. We know that overthese past several months you have had to endure many anxious moments when you fought to keep hope alive in the face of despair.We know that after the ceremonies have ended and the glowing tributes have been paid, after we have all returned to our separateroutines, you will have to come to grips with the reality that someone who was so important a part of your lives, someone whom youloved as much as he loved you, is no longer with you. We will continue to pray for you and ask God to place his powerful, comfortingarms around you to ease the pain and fill the emptiness that is in your hearts. But even as you grieve, I ask that you take heart and beuplifted in the knowledge that your husband, your father, your family member was a good man who meant and did well, who touchedso many lives, who inspired the hearts of so many people and who will never be forgotten.To the government and people of Barbados we offer, as well, our profound sympathies and our support as you continue the workthat he had started and pursue the dreams that he had shared with you.As we pay our last respects and take David to his final resting place, we recall the words of John Donne: “When one man dies, a chapter is not torn out of the book; it is merely translated into a better language.”John Donne also wrote: “Death be not proud, though some have called thee mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so. For, those whom thou think‟st thou dost overthrow die not, poor death, Nor yet canst thou kill me.”Death cannot kill David Thompson for he will live in our hearts for as long as life shall last. 33 | P a g e
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