Saturday 16 July 2016
A new commentary entitled, Haiti: Time is running out, has been posted. It points out that the National Assembly has falied either to extend the term of the interim President that expired on June 14, or to to elect a new administration. Meeting after meeting of the National Assembly has either been abandoned for a deliberate lack of a quorum or decisions have been put off. In all this, the Haitian politicians are running out of time. The vast majority of member countries of the OAS want to see Haiti return to elected government. Further delays by the Haitian political stakeholders will result in losing their tolerance and support. The wider international community, especially the European Union, is also losing patience. More importantly, if the current political logjam is not unlocked, tensions within Haiti itself will intensify, leading to political agitation, violence and greater deterioration of the already fragile economy.
Luis Almagro, OAS SG and the Interim President of Haiti, Privert
A previous commentary is: Jamaica’s CARICOM Review Commission - understanding the Elephant. has been posted. It points ot that the Review Commission has been established and has had its first meeting. Quite what is the purpose of the Commission is not clear, nor is the prism through which the review will take place. But, the work of the Commission, headed by former Prime Minister Bruce Golding and comprised of some of the leading lights of Jamaican business, has to be taken seriously. Its final report could have immediate and long-term consequences for Jamaica and the rest of the 15-member CARICOM group. In this connection, the Review Commission would be well-advised to ensure that it takes evidence from, and listens to, a broad cross-section of knowledgeable views from within Jamaica and the wider CARICOM area or it could reach inadequate conclusions.
Andrew Holness, Jamaica's Prime Minister (left) and Chair of Jamaica's CARICOM Review Commission Bruce Golding (right)
Two previous commentaries deal with the result of the British Referendum to leave the European Union. he more recent: Brexit: No one won argues that the referendum and its aftermatch of resignations and betrayals, leave Britain rudderless until September when the Conservative Party will chosse a new leader and foist that person on the British people who would not have voted for him or her. And it is that person that the task will fall of deciding when, and how, Britain will follow the will of the 52% majority who voted to leave the EU. That person will also have to gigure out how to deal with the anger, frustration and bittneress of the 48% who don't want to leave. In the meantime, Britain is in a pickle. Many lost and no one won.
Two Conservative Party Brexiteers culprits - Gove at left eventually knifed Johnson (head hung) at right
The previous commentary, BREXIT: EU-UK nightmare for the Caribbean points out that once Britain leaves the EU, the 12 Caribbean countries will have no structured trade relationship with that country which transferred all authority for it tarde arrangenents to the EU. A new trade relationship would have to be forged with Britain, The existing Economic Partnerhip Agreement beween the EU and individual Caribbean countries will also undoubtedly be reviewed since Britian's conntribution to aid and access to its market will be removed from the EU arrangements. The English-speaking Caribbean will be dealing with 27 European countries with which they have no historial relationship or former colonial links. Caribbean preparation for different trade arrangements have to begin at once.
The video above is part of Sir Ronald Sanders' presentation to the OAS general assembly on 14 June, 2016 in the Dominican Republic.
A new commentary has been posted, entitled: Governments failed the OAS at its 46th General Assembly. It argues that the OAS is broke and the issue has been neglected for some time. The Organisation has real costs of $115 million and a Budget for this year of $84 with arrears in payment by two countries totalling $27. In real terms the Organisation is being forced to operate on $72 million, and the Secretary-General will be forced to make $12 million in cuts. Governments failed to address the issue. The future of the OAS, despite, its huge potential for serving the people of the 34 member states in now imperilled.
Sir Ronald at the OAS 46th General Assembly listening to Venezuela's Foreign Minister, Delsey Rodriguez
The full text of Sir Ronald Sanders' speech in St Lucia, on 19 May 2016, entitled "Storm Clouds gathering over CARICOM: Where is the Umbrella?" is in the Lectures and Interviews section under 'Lectures'. He argues: "Clearly, there is an urgency for CARICOM countries as a whole to address their fragile condition, and to recognize that while national initiatives are imperative for economic growth and development and must be pursued diligently, deeper regional collaboration, including economic integration, hold beneficial and sustainable solutions. Reinvigoration of CARICOM has all the urgency of now. Continuing to neglect it, and only to pay lip service to it in ritualistic meetings and wordy press conferences, will hasten the process of decline and adversely impact every sector of the economies, including tourism".
The video of Sir Ronald delivering the address in St Lucia can be seen in the "Videos" section of this website.
Before St Lucia Speech. Sir Ronald (third from right), President of the Caribbean Hotels and Tourist Association (fourth from right)
A previous comnentary looks at a meerting of the Permanent Council of the Organisation of American States held on 30 March to discuss the unfair practices that have wrongly targeted Caribbean jurisdictions as tax havens, occasioning the loss of long established correspendent relations in the US and Europe.
Sir Ronald Sanders, Chairing Permanent Council of the Organisation of American States
Sir Ronald recognised by Canadian University
Thursday 7 May 2015
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
Sunday 23 November 2014
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