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A new commentary has been posted entitled, The IMF- Light up its darker crannies.  It reflects on a report by the Indpendent Evaluation Office which states unequivocally, “The IMF’s handling of the euro area crisis raised issues of accountability and transparency, which helped create the perception that the IMF treated Europe differently".  It also reveals that on considering the crisis in Greece, the Europeans were more concerned about saving French and German banks than in helping Greece. The country was "fiscally water boarded" and the report says some documents on sensitive issues were prepared outside the regular, established channels” and either disappeared or were not made available to the Evaluation Team.  Yet the IMF pretends to be objective when it dishes out harsh conditionalties to developing countries.

 

Republic Party Nomimee for the Presidency of the United States, Donald Trump

A previous commentary is: Donald Trump - the lie of 'truthful hyperbole'   Tony Schwartz, the man who ghost-wrote Trump's book, 'The Art of rhe Deal', has lambasted Trump and decribed him as dangerous.  Schwartz said that in ghost-writing the book, he wrote the following assertion for Trump: “I play to people’s fantasies. People want to believe that something is the biggest and the greatest and the most spectacular. I call it truthful hyperbole. It’s an innocent form of exaggeration—and it’s a very effective form of promotion.” Schwartz now regrets inventing the term, ‘truthful hyperbole’, which, he says, is a contradiction in terms. He admitted that it’s a way of saying: ‘It’s a lie, but who cares?’ But, according to him, Trump, loved the phrase. It's how he seems to have operated in the US Presidential election.

 

 Luis Almagro, OAS SG and the Interim President of Haiti, Privert

A previous commentary is entitled, Haiti: Time is running out.  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.

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)

 

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. 

Click on the URL Link below to view the entire session of the OAS Permanent Council on this issue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnD55NZ0GD0&feature=youtu.be

 Sir Ronald Sanders, Chairing Permanent Council of the Organisation of American States 
 
 

 

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.

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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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Election for the post of Commonwealth Secretary-General

Sir Ronald was a candidate for election to the post of Commonwealth Secretary-General In November 2015 at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta. View further details here.

Portrait of Sir Ronald Sanders

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

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