Saturday 18 June 2016
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