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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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A new commentary has been posted, entitled Tax Havens: Need for action - Part 2, it points out that among the criteria being used to identify 'tax havens' by individual states in the US is "effective tax on the relevant income”.   On that basis, there are 9 states in the US that are tax havens.   They are: Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington and Wyoming where there is no personal income tax, and New Hampshire and Tennessee which also have no taxes on wages; only interest income and dividends are taxed.  Meantime the US Senator from Texas who is a Republican party contender for nomination for the Presidency of the US says he would abolish the Internal Revenue Service.

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