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Sir Ronald speaks on the Commonwealth's role as a Global Good at Third World Leaders Conference

Speaking at the 2015 Third World Leaders Forum in The Bahamas on 10 November, Sir Ronald said: "The Commonwealth will never be a powerful organization and should not aim to be - it is not a military or economic grouping. But it can be an association of considerable influence for good in its countries individually and collectively as well as for the international community, if its members accentuated the matters on which they find common ground on issues such as: fair and just trade; addressing terrorism; reform of the international financial system to boost economic development; promoting understanding and tolerance of the rights of minority communities, including homosexuals and lesbians; tackling climate change and global warming; looking to the needs of small and vulnerable states; strengthening democratic institutions for economic and social development as much as for political stability".   

The full text of his statement can be read in the Interviews and Lectures section of this website under "Lectures".   It is entitled, The Commonwealth of Nations: its role for global good.

Longest serving Caribbean Prime Minister backs Sanders for Commonwealth post

ST GEORGE'S, Grenada, 5 November -- On Tuesday, the prime minister of Grenada, Dr Keith Mitchell, issued a statement welcoming the declaration of support by Dr Keith Rowley, prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, for Sir Ronald Sanders to be elected as the next secretary-general of the Commonwealth.

“It is well known that the government of Grenada supported the Antigua and Barbuda nominee from the outset, regarding him as a legitimate Caribbean candidate with the knowledge, experience and vision to invigorate the Commonwealth for the benefit of its peoples,” Mitchell said.

He also said he joined in the hope expressed by Rowley last week that “others in our region will, in the limited time left, make common cause by unifying our region around Sir Ronald’s candidature”.

“It is in our region’s interest to unite around Sir Ronald Sanders, if our CARICOM is serious about ensuring that one of our own becomes the next secretary general of the Commonwealth,” Mitchell noted.

“When our region identified the coordination of foreign policy as one of the four pillars of our integration movement, it was with a clear understanding that this unity of purpose formed the best option for advancing our foreign policy interest. Sir Ronald Sanders is our ‘best option’ at this time,” he added.

Mitchell said he is, therefore, hopeful that in the days ahead those who have not yet done so will throw their full support behind Sanders.

Mitchell is the longest serving sitting prime minister among Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads of government. He is also the present chairman of the Authority of Heads of Government of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).

Dr Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada



PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- In a statement on Thursday, 29 October, prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr Keith Rowley, announced the formal withdrawal of Dr Bhoendradatt Tewarie as the country’s nominee for the office of Commonwealth secretary general.

Rowley said that the secretary general of the Commonwealth has been advised by letter, through the appropriate diplomatic channels, that Trinidad and Tobago has exercised its discretion to formally withdraw its nominee.

He said that his government will give its full support to Sir Ronald Sanders, the candidate put forward by the government of Antigua and Barbuda and urged other Commonwealth Caribbean governments to do likewise.

“We believe [Sanders] is best placed to execute the responsibilities of the office of secretary general in a manner that would be a tribute to the peoples of the Caribbean Community,” Rowley said.

“It is our hope that others in our region will in the limited time left, make common cause by unifying our region around Sir Ronald’s candidature,” he added.
Dr Keith Rowley, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago



WASHINGTON, USA, 17 September -- Antigua and Barbuda's ambassador to the United States, Sir Ronald Sanders, presented his credentials to President Barack Obama at the White House on Thursday.

Speaking with the president in the Oval Office, Sanders remarked that "Antigua and Barbuda has demonstrated its friendship to the people and government of the United States by hosting for decades, within its soil, facilities that the United States regarded as vital to the safety and security of its people".

He added, "Like the United States, Antigua and Barbuda is committed to economic improvement and economic rights, particularly within the framework of international treaties and compacts. My government will work with your government to ensure that obligations under such treaties and agreements are satisfied and that the integrity of international institutions are maintained for the good of all nations."

In response, Obama observed that "Antigua and Barbuda and the United States share a long history of friendship" and that the twin-island nation "is a vital partner in the Caribbean".

He said that he looked forward to working with Sanders "to advance our common agenda" and "in deepening further the strong and abiding friendship" of the two countries.

On a personal note, Sanders expressed his great admiration for Obama's accomplishments as president and for the hope that he has given to people worldwide.

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US Senator Ted Cruz. He would abolish the US Internal Revenue Service

New Lecture: The unfairness of European Union EPAs with African countries

Abuja, 28 July….   Antigua and Barbuda diplomat, Sir Ronald Sanders, told a Conference of more than 150 representatives from Nigeria and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) that there is a risk that Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) with the European Union (EU) could be the start of a new era in which African, Caribbean and Pacific countries are held captive to European companies.   Read his Keynote Speech to a conference in Abuja, Nigeria's capital, under "Lectures" in the "Lectures and Interviews" section of this website:

Sir Ronald recognised by Canadian University


TORONTO, Canada -- Antigua and Barbuda diplomat, writer and academic, Sir Ronald Sanders, has been elected as a Senior Fellow at Massey College in the University of Toronto. The announcement of his election was made by the Master of Massey College, Hugh Segal.

Sir Ronald Sanders
He joins leading Canadian academics and captains of industry in the inter-disciplinary activities of Massey College, including governance, diplomacy, business and international affairs.

Sir Ronald now has the distinction of concurrently being a Senior Fellow at two Universities in different Commonwealth countries. Guyana-born Sanders is also a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies at the University of London, England.

Last October, his work as an advocate for Caribbean and Commonwealth causes was recognised by the University of the West Indies when he was accorded the honour of Doctor of Letters (D. Litt) by the University’s Senate and Council.

Sir Ronald has had a career as a senior diplomat and business executive. He has held many elected international and Caribbean positions, including as a member of the Executive Board of UNESCO and Chairman of the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force.

Having also served the 53-nation Commonwealth in many capacities, he is now a nominee for the post of Commonwealth Secretary-General.

Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters (D.Litt) for Sir Ronald

On Friday October 24th, Sir Ronald was conferred with the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters (D.Litt) by the University of the West Indies at its St Augustine Campus in Trinidad and Tobago.  Sir Ronald also delivered an address to the graduating class of 2014.   His address and the citation appear in the "Lectures and Interviews" section of this website.

Sir Ronald Sanders addressing 2014 UWI graduating Social Sciences Faculty at St Augustine, Trinidad

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Sir Ronald Sanders is currently Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United States and the Organisation of American States. He is also a Senior Fellow at the University of London and University of Toronto.


Welcome to this website. I have created it in response to many requests for access to commentaries I have written, lectures I have given and interviews that have been broadcast or printed in the media on matters related to the political economy of the Caribbean and the Commonwealth.

These requests have come from university students, publications, academics, government officials and business people in many parts of the world. In the course of responding to these requests, I have been pleased to build up a network of global contacts who now receive my commentaries weekly.

From a career that encompassed broadcast and print journalism, development and commercial banking, diplomacy and international negotiations in both the public and private sectors, I am privileged to draw on wide and varied experiences to write, lecture and undertake consultancies. I have taken the greatest pleasure in receiving comments and criticism from people all over the world that the Internet has made a “village”. I have learned from many of the comments I received. They have caused me to reflect on my own thinking. Through this website, I hope to communicate regularly with all who write to me.

The website is now a permanent repository of the weekly commentaries going back several years. Anyone is free to access them here, and to cite them provided my permission is sought in advance through the “Contact me” mechanism. A few of the lectures I have given in Britain and in the Caribbean are also posted on the site in a PDF format which can be easily downloaded. Again, I would make the same request to seek my permission before citing the material.

From time to time, where it is possible, the site will also reflect consultancies that I undertake that may have an interested audience beyond the companies and organizations with which I work.

I invite responses to my writings, and inquiries about the experience and knowledge I can bring to achieving the objectives of companies and organizations that do business related to the Caribbean and the Commonwealth.

My consulting work includes: country investment advice; negotiations with governments and international organizations; structuring and implementing public affairs programmes; designing public relations and information strategies; negotiations with financial institutions and organizing and participating in seminars for interest groups such as journalists, diplomats, and specialized academics.

Kind regards

Ronald Sanders