• Paco Smith | Chairman | BPP

Re: Commentary: Political Leadership in the Caribbean

I must commend Sir Ronald Sanders on this outstanding article.


Commentary: Political leadership in the Caribbean - by By Sir Ronald Sanders

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Being a student and proponent of Governance and Public Policy, with a particular affinity for matters concerning regional integration, I shall say categorically, that he hit the nail on the head.

His reference to Fidel Castro and the journey of the Cuban Revolution, placed an appropriate context to the soico-economic and political landscape of then, and how it is now configured. This is critical, for if one is not cognizant of this, the path forward shall be far from clear and in order to truly understand the dynamic, the historical relevance of President Castro and the struggle of the Cuban people, is essential.

I hearken back to my studies at the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute for Social and Economic Studies (SALISES) at UWI Mona and having the matter of an aspect of regional integration, that being the CSME, likened to the perspective one adopts of whether a glass is either "half empty" versus "half full".

Sir Ronald's analysis and subsequent characterisation, pertaining to Caribbean nations and the need to pull together amid this era of globalisation cannot be overstated.

In terms of the political "leadership" or better yet, the lack thereof which for the most part, unfortunately rules the roost, they are well advised to work in conjunction with one-another to ensure that CARICOM is given the opportunity to fulfill its promise, because the sober reality is that by hinging our individual futures on a stand-alone and purely nationalist platform, without giving due credence to the need to incorporate a balance which genuinely makes appropriation for the advancement of regional integration efforts, shall not prove successful in the grand scheme of things.

Therefore kudos to the author, as I hope his colleagues are paying keen attention, with a view toward proactively working toward fulfilling the promise of regional integration.

Paco Smith

Paco Smith | Chairman | BPP



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