Tributes Pour in for Former Barbados Prime Minister

the late Owen Arthur, former Prime Minister of Barbados

Tributes began pouring in via social media following the death of former Barbados Prime Minister Owen Arthur on Monday 27 July, with many recalling his intellect and passion for regional integration.

Mr Arthur, 70, was Barbados’ longest serving Prime Minister.

Leading the tributes, Prime Minister Mia Mottley, current Prime Minister of Barbados, hailed him as a “man for the times”. She remembered how proud he was, to sign on to the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), the regional flagship programme for which Barbados holds responsibility in the CARICOM Quasi Cabinet.

President of Guyana, His Excellency David Granger, with whom Mr. Arthur met in February as Head of the Commonwealth Observer Mission to Guyana’s elections, was saddened at the former Prime Minister’s death.

CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque also mourned PM Arthur’s passing, describing him as an “ardent regionalist”.

Other regional leaders also expressed their sympathy.

Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Rt. Hon. Andrew Holness, said he was truly saddened by Arthur’s death. He recalled that the former Prime Minister served Barbados and the Caribbean with distinction.

Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, the Hon. Allen Chastanet, also extended sympathy to the family of the late Prime Minister.

In a press statement, Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris, Arthur’s “sharp intellect and deep-rooted commitment to regional integration will be long remembered and missed”.

Former CARICOM Assistant Secretary-General, Dr. Edward Greene, and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) also offered brief tributes.

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