St Vincent and the Grenadines becomes first CARICOM nation to lead CELAC

Dr Ralph Gonsalves Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines

(Searchlight) St Vincent and the Grenadines has assumed presidency of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), the first CARICOM country to elected to the position.

The Eastern Caribbean nation was unanimously elected to lead the 33-nation bloc at the VII CELAC summit which ended in Argentina on Tuesday night.

The pro tempore presidency is for a term of one year and is the institutional, technical and administrative support body of the CELAC. The post, which was most recently held by Argentina, is on a rotation basis.

Addressing the closing ceremony, Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) Dr. Ralph Gonsalves said he would rely on all CELAC’s members and organizations to help SVG in “this very important task”.

He assured the group that “things are not falling apart, the centre is holding and we are not just having passion. We have commitment and that is very important.”

Gonsalves ended his address with a verse from poet Robert Frost: “I shall be saying this ages and ages hence. Two roads diverged in the woods and I, I took the one least travelled by and that has made all the difference.”

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