Saturday 8 October 2016
Haiti has again been devastated by a Hurricane. Politics and disaster are a potent mix that have crippled the country and stigmatized the people. Here is Sir Ronald Sanders' commentary on the postponed elections and the desperate state of the country, Raise up Haiti from its knees. He calls for a "Marshall Plan" such as aided Europe's recovery after World War Two and for democratic elections for a credible President and a system of government that checks abuse of political power that has strangled the country.
Haiti after Hurricane Matthew, dazed and lost
On 13 September 2016, the Organisation of American States commemorated the 15th anniversary of the Inter-American Democratic Charter in the presence of three former Heads of Government from Canada, Guatemala and Peru. As a member of "The Friends of the Democratic Charter", a group of former Heads of Government, senior diplomats and judges, headed by former US President, Jimmy Carter, Sir Ronald was pleased to meet again the former Prime Minister of Canada, Jean Chretien at the occasion. Photo below shows: Luis Almagro, Secretary-General of the OAS (centre) and Jean Chretien (right).
New commentaries have been added. Please see "Commentaries" section.
A previous comnentary looks at a meerting of the Permanent Council of the Organisation of American States held on 30 March to discuss the unfair practices that have wrongly targeted Caribbean jurisdictions as tax havens, occasioning the loss of long established correspendent relations in the US and Europe.
Sir Ronald Sanders, Chairing Permanent Council of the Organisation of American States
Sir Ronald recognised by Canadian University
Thursday 7 May 2015
TORONTO, Canada -- Antigua and Barbuda diplomat, writer and academic, Sir Ronald Sanders, has been elected as a Senior Fellow at Massey College in the University of Toronto. The announcement of his election was made by the Master of Massey College, Hugh Segal.
Sir Ronald Sanders
He joins leading Canadian academics and captains of industry in the inter-disciplinary activities of Massey College, including governance, diplomacy, business and international affairs.
Sir Ronald now has the distinction of concurrently being a Senior Fellow at two Universities in different Commonwealth countries. Guyana-born Sanders is also a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies at the University of London, England.
Last October, his work as an advocate for Caribbean and Commonwealth causes was recognised by the University of the West Indies when he was accorded the honour of Doctor of Letters (D. Litt) by the University’s Senate and Council.
Sir Ronald has had a career as a senior diplomat and business executive. He has held many elected international and Caribbean positions, including as a member of the Executive Board of UNESCO and Chairman of the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force.
Having also served the 53-nation Commonwealth in many capacities, he is now a nominee for the post of Commonwealth Secretary-General.
Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters (D.Litt) for Sir Ronald
Sunday 23 November 2014
On Friday October 24th, Sir Ronald was conferred with the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters (D.Litt) by the University of the West Indies at its St Augustine Campus in Trinidad and Tobago. Sir Ronald also delivered an address to the graduating class of 2014. His address and the citation appear in the "Lectures and Interviews" section of this website.
Sir Ronald Sanders addressing 2014 UWI graduating Social Sciences Faculty at St Augustine, Trinidad