Secretary General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has lauded Barbados for its achievement of 51 years of political independence from Britain.
In a message to the Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, LaRocque described the island as “a small state which has made a big impact on the world”.
He also said that regional integration had benefitted from the unwavering and valuable involvement of the Government and people of Barbados, as evidenced by its commitment and guidance to the completion of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy.
“The outstanding leadership displayed most recently in the successful hosting of CARIFESTA XIII in August 2017, despite having to brace for the passage of Tropical Storm Harvey, was one of the countless occasions when Barbados demonstrated its profound sense of community and its deep commitment to the Community,” the Secretary General said.
LaRocque also noted there was hardly any field of human endeavour in which Barbados had not distinguished itself on the global stage.
“This occasion is, indeed, cause for celebration as Barbados has grown from strength to strength as a nation. There is hardly any field of human endeavour in which Barbados has not made a mark on the global stage. It has justly earned its reputation as a small state which has made a big impact on the world,” he said, in saluting the accomplishments of the island since independence on November 30, 1966.