CARICOM Chairman pays tribute to Fidel Castro

CARICOM Chairman pays tribute to Fidel Castro

OECS Media Release

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit joined world leaders in Havana, Cuba on Tuesday to offer a tribute to former Cuban President, and personal friend, Fidel Castro. 

In his remarks, the present CARICOM Chairman said that member countries would forever be grateful to the late Cuban leader and the Cuban people for their dedication to development in the region.

“CARICOM will be forever grateful to Fidel and to you, the Cuban people for the great sacrifices you have made, against great adversity, in annually sustaining the training of our professionals for decades on both a bilateral and multilateral basis.”

“It is difficult to identify a sector in any of our economies that Cuba and Comrade Fidel have not impacted for the better.”

“I can say, without fear of being contradicted, that our health services would be the poorer, but for the generous hand of Fidel at critical times in our development,” Skerrit said.

Prime Minister Skerrit referred to the late Fidel as a “true friend” who had a genuine interest in the peculiar challenges besetting small island states and who readily assisted, not only in thought and talk, but in deed.

 “Cuba now mourns the loss of a great leader, teacher and father; we share the pain and emptiness that you feel, for we have lost a faithful and valued friend.”

“His memory lives on in our mission to provide for our people and to build a world in which justice, fairness and peace prevail,” Skerrit said.

In 2008, CARICOM awarded the iconic political giant with its highest honour, the Order of the Caribbean Community. Fidel Castro is the only non-CARICOM citizen to whom this award has been accorded.

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The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is an International Organisation dedicated to economic harmonisation and integration, protection of human and legal rights, and the encouragement of good governance among independent and non-independent countries in the Eastern Caribbean. The OECS came into being on June 18th 1981, when seven Eastern Caribbean countries signed a treaty agreeing to cooperate with each other while promoting unity and solidarity among its Members. The Treaty became known as the Treaty of Basseterre, so named in honour of the capital city of St. Kitts and Nevis where it was signed. The OECS today, currently has ten members, spread across the Eastern Caribbean comprising Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and The Grenadines, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla and Martinique.

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