OECS Commission, Castries Saint Lucia, (December 01, 2015):-The OECS Commission has extended congratulations to Dominican-born Baroness Patricia Scotland, on her historic elevation to the post of Secretary General of the Commonwealth.
In extending congratulations on behalf of the Governments and people of the Member States which constitute the OECS, the Director General of the Organisation referred to the feelings of great pride experienced by the people of the region in this achievement by one of its illustrious daughters, and the great expectation by the OECS that under her leadership, the Commonwealth would experience an enhancement in its already positive global impact.
The Director General noted that while acknowledging that as Secretary General, Baroness Scotland’s responsibility would extend to the entire Commonwealth, it would not be unreasonable to expect that under her leadership, the organisation would pay even greater attention to the plight of the more vulnerable of its members.
In this regard, he expressed optimism that the Commonwealth will continue to vigorously promote and champion the cause of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Small Vulnerable Economies (SVE’s) in general, a cause which in his view, Baroness Scotland would be uniquely placed to understand and to identify with.
The Director General expressed the wish that in this and other areas of mutual interest, the OECS and the Commonwealth would enjoy a close working relationship.END