Chairman of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Authority, Dr Keith Mitchell, has extended congratulations on behalf of the Authority to Barbados’ Prime Minister Mia Mottley on her re-election for a second term of office.
Mitchell said: “Although individual Heads of Government, myself included, have extended congratulations to Sister Mia and the Barbados Labour Party (BLP), it is important that as the current chair of this sub-regional grouping, I document our acknowledgement of the outcome of the electoral process given the historically close ties between Barbados and the OECS.”
The Chairman of the OECS Authority stated the people of Barbados have delivered a resounding vote of confidence in the BLP administration and he, therefore, pledged the commitment of the OECS in continuing to work collaboratively with the Government and people of Barbados.
Mitchell further stated: “Many years ago, Sir Arthur Lewis proposed closer engagement between Barbados and the countries of the Eastern Caribbean. Today, the need for this remains acute.
Therefore, the OECS stands willing to continue building upon the longstanding ties which have yielded shared institutions such as the Regional Security System (RSS) which is assuming even greater responsibility during the pandemic, in the areas of disaster response, illegal interdiction and citizen safety. We will continue to promote and facilitate the integration of our countries for the mutual benefit of all our people.”
On January 19, the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) led by Prime Minister Mia Mottley was re-elected in a landslide victory in the nation’s general election which was called 18 months ahead of the constitutional deadline.