CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has congratulated new Barbados Prime Minister Hon. Mia Mottley on her ‘truly historic achievements’ following Thursday’s General Elections, and said it will be his pleasure to welcome her to the next meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government in Jamaica on 4-6 July.
Ms Mottley’s Barbados Labour Party (BLP) won all 30 seats in the Barbados House of Assembly, making her the country’s first female Prime Minister.
“The overwhelming victory clearly indicates that the people of Barbados have tremendous faith in your ability to lead the country to even greater heights,” the Secretary-General said.
In looking forward to welcoming Ms Mottley to July’s meeting of Regional Leaders, Ambassador LaRocque said:
“Your country’s deep commitment to regional integration is well chronicled. Your own dedication to the advancement of the Community’s goals is also well known.”
The Secretary-General said he looked forward to Prime Minister Mottley continuing the leadership role that Barbados has exercised in the Community and as Lead Head of Government in the quasi-cabinet for the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).
“You assume the leadership of Barbados at a most testing time in its history but you do so with the knowledge that you have received a comprehensive mandate from your citizens. You can be assured, Prime Minister, that the Secretariat and I will offer our full support to you and Barbados as you seek to further the development of the country and carry forward the integration process,” the Secretary-General said.