Dr. Joan Nwasike of the Commonwealth Secretariat (Photo: NDP)

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent — Caribbean prime ministers do not have too much power but they need to be mature enough to realise that they have to govern for everyone.

So says Dr. Joan Nwasike, acting head of Regional Programmes and Adviser for the Caribbean region at the Caribbean Secretariat last week.

Dr. Nwasike was speaking during an interview with Vincentian journalist E. Glenford Prescott.

She was in St. Vincent as a facilitator at a two-day Governance and Development Retreat for Opposition Members of Parliament.

Dr. Nwasike also said that the Caribbean needs leadership at all levels and an enabling environment that encourages creative solutions to the region’s problems.

The workshop discussed governance, integrity and ethics, development and how it occurs, and the role of shadow ministers.

Meanwhile, the opposition New Democratic Party (NDP), in a press release, praised the workshop saying it “gave much food for thought to those who attended”.

“The Opposition’s contributions were spirited, articulate and well received,” the NDP said.

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“We are grateful for the opportunity to table issues of importance to governance in our country in this forum. Information was shared and proposals made. We believe that this will go a long way in ensuring that Vincentian concerns about transparency and integrity in government will be addressed,” the statement quoted Opposition Leader Arnhim Eustace as saying.

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