Deputy Prime Minister Montgomery Daniel has expressed confidence that St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) will be elected to the presidency of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).
He said this was one of the reasons for Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves’ visits to Brazil and Guyana this week.
Gonsalves announced in December that Kingstown is hoping to assume the presidency of CELAC, when the 33-member grouping holds its heads of government meeting in Argentina on Jan. 24.
Daniel, speaking on NBC Radio on Wednesday, expressed confidence that SVG would become the first CARICOM country to become president of CELAC, which was founded in December 2011.
“I want to indicate that while the prime minister is on the road visiting Brazil and Guyana, the prime minister is also seeking support for this country, St. Vincent and Grenadines, to obtain the position of the presidency, the chair of CELAC,” Daniel said.
He said CELAC is a “great organisation for this hemisphere…
“And one really would be very optimistic again, to see St. Vincent and Grenadines at another big moment in our position here in St. Vincent, as the government of this country to see St. Vincent and Grenadines having another big moment when St. Vincent will be elected to the chair and the presidency of CELAC.”
Daniel noted that in 2019, SVG was elected as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for a two-year term.
“And, of course, we took up the position in 2020 at the United Nations, again, another great moment for this small nation of our St. Vincent and the Grenadines.”
He said that through the work of Gonsalves, the government is “trying to capture another great moment, another historic moment for St. Vincent.
“I’m sure that we will obtain the presidency and I’m sure that once again there will be another great moment for St. Vincent and Grenadines,” Daniel said.
He said that Gonsalves “wants to make this country proud again. And so, I’m thankful and the cabinet is thankful and I’m sure the government and people of St. Vincent and Grenadines we are very thankful for the work that the prime minister has been doing, not only here in St. Vincent and Grenadines, locally, but regionally and internationally.”