President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro is among the foreign dignitaries down to speak at the official opening of the Argyle International Airport on Tuesday.
A draft programme of Tuesday’s programme, circulated to the media by the Office of the Prime Minister on Friday, also said the event will hear an address from Salvador Valdes Mesa, vice-president of the Council of State of the Republic of Cuba.
Venezuela and Cuba have made significant contributions to the construction of the EC$700 million airport, which is opening six years behind schedule.
Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Gonsalves will deliver the feature address at the event.
Rudy Matthias, chairman of International Airport Development Company, the state-owned firm that oversaw the construction of the airport, will give and overview of the project. Remarks will also come from Garth Saunders, chairman of Argyle International Airport, the state-owned company that will manage the airport.
Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries and Rural Transformation, Saboto Caesar as well as Minister of Economic Planning, Sustainable Development, Industry, Information and Labour, Camillo Gonsalves, will also deliver addresses.
Julie Reifer-Jones, chief executive officer of regional carrier, LIAT, the main airline expected to service the airport in its initial stages, will also address the event, as well as Rohan Sinanan, Minister of Transport, Trinidad and Tobago.
Greetings will come from Hazel Manning, widow of Patrick Manning, former prime minister of the twin-island nation.
David Granger, president of the Republic of Guyana and chairman of the Caribbean Community, will bring solidary greetings.
Lady Lynda Straker, wife of deputy prime minister of SVG, Sir Louis Strake will do a special item and her husband will introduce Gonsalves.
Hans King, Gonsalves’ press secretary, will be the Master of Ceremonies.