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Celebrating Caribbean role in Commonwealth

THE EDITOR: On March 11 we celebrated the 70th anniversary of the London Declaration, a moment when nations of the Commonwealth agreed to move forward together as free and equal members to foster co-operation towards social, political and economic development in an inclusive as well as sustainable manner.

Over the years the Commonwealth has grown and become a pillar of strength for many, if not all of its members.

Upon analytical review it must be noted that 70 years later the Commonwealth has indeed delivered and continues to deliver on its goals of ensuring significant advancements in education, gender equality, economic development, sports, youth development, leadership, democracy and appreciation of cultural diversity within its member nations.

However, having just marked Commonwealth Day 2019 it is important that we acknowledge the great role the Caribbean region has played in the development of this movement.

Our dynamic regional minds, culture, art, our prowess in sport and academia have all contributed to the strength as well as competent capacity of this movement. Therefore this is a time for us all to be proud of the Caribbean’s contribution to the Commonwealth.

The Commonwealth has had many achievements and as we move forward there will be many more due to the common wealth of knowledge, talents, skills and vision all 53 member nations share with each other. We must be proud that our Commonwealth continues to grow and to consistently evolve to address the contemporary needs of our global community.

At this special anniversary we must take the time to congratulate Queen Elizabeth II who continues to head the Commonwealth with determination and vigour. We must also congratulate Baroness Patricia Janet Scotland, the secretary-general of the Commonwealth, for her dynamic work.

Former prime minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, who served as the seventh chairman of the Commonwealth, must also be commended for her thrust for stronger educational opportunities and equality during her tenure.

As we seek to keep the Commonwealth spirit, values, passion and drive for development alive we must also acknowledge the vital and inspirational work British High Commissioner Tim Stew and his dedicated team continue to undertake in TT.

May God bless our Commonwealth of nations

NICHOLAS MORRIS

former Commonwealth

youth ambassador

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