PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Thursday October 29, 2015 – Trinidad and Tobago has officially withdrawn its candidate for Commonwealth Secretary General and has thrown its full support behind Antigua and Barbuda’s nominee Sir Ronald Sanders.
In a statement issued today, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley said he has written to the Secretary General of the Commonwealth, notifying him that former Minister of Planning and Sustainable Development, Dr Bhoendradatt Tewarie is no longer a contender.
“After careful consideration of all pertinent aspects of the matter, it is the decision of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago to give its full support to the candidate of the Government of Antigua and Barbuda, who we believe is best placed to execute the responsibilities of the Office of Secretary General in a manner that would be a tribute to the Peoples of the Caribbean Community,” Dr Rowley stated.
“It is our hope that others in our region will in the limited time left, make common cause by unifying our region around Sir Ronald’s candidature.”
CARICOM member states have yet to decide on a candidate ahead of the November 27 – 29 election to the Commonwealth office in Valalia, Malta.
The Roosevelt Skerrit government continues to push its nominee Dominica-born Baroness Patricia Scotland.
While noting that the African region has endorsed a single candidate, Dr Rowley urged regional leaders to do likewise and coalesce around a strong contender, stating this would be the Caribbean’s best chances to prevail.
He said Trinidad and Tobago intends to play an active role in the upcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting, consistent with its long standing policy of engagement.