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Latest Commentaries

A new commentary has been posted,  It is entitled: Re-thinking Caribbean tourism again.  It argues that while Caribbean tourism bodies are right to have fought hard for a change in the duties applied by the British Government on the air fares of passengers leaving Britain, the British Chancellor of the Exchequer did not give them 'a complete victory'.  In any event, the problems confronting Caribbean tourism continue to require urgent and holistic attention.

Did George Osborne give the Caribbean 'a complete victory'?

The previous commentary is: Caribbean Tourism.  The commentary looks at a new book by Dr Jean Holder who has led tourism organisations in the Caribbean for 30 years.  His book links tourism to the Caribbean's history, its international relations, and its internal rivalries and competition.  It widens the discussion on tourism in ways that have not occurred before.  

Dr Jean Holder (right) at the launch of his book at which Sir Ronald Sanders was a speaker    

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Portrait of Sir Ronald Sanders

Sir Ronald Sanders is a business executive and former Caribbean diplomat who publishes widely on Small States in the global community.


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