DOMINICA OFFICIALLY LAUNCHES PATRICIA SCOTLAND AS ITS CANDIDATE FOR COMMONWEALTH SECRETARY GENERAL
On May 15th, 2015, exactly 96 years after the birth of Dominica’s own iconic Iron Lady and first female Prime Minister, Dame Eugenia Charles, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit travelled to London, the seat of all Commonwealth representation and of the Commonwealth Secretariat, to present to the world another formidable Dominican woman, the Rt. Hon. Patricia Scotland, whom he described as the “Platinum Candidate” on offer for the post of Commonwealth Secretary General.
At a reception hosted in the candidate’s honour, Prime Minister Skerrit gave a thought- provoking address to the audience of Commonwealth dignitaries and prominent figures from the diaspora and the media to explain why Dominica was convinced that Patricia Scotland was “the right choice at the right time.”
Introduced by Dominican Foreign Minister Francine Baron, the Prime Minister spoke candidly about the crisis of identity and purpose facing the Commonwealth and the need for transformational leadership to ensure its future. Patricia Scotland’s combination of intellect, talents, experience and strength of character were, he said, the ideal combination for the job. The duality of her background and career was also a unique asset in the task of fostering trust and finding common ground.
Energised: Warner gestures while surrounded by supporters during the political rally organised by his Independent Liberal Party. He donned a cap and
a garland of flowers during the festivities. (Reuters)
L-R: Prime Minister of Dominica, the Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit with the Rt Hon. Patricia Scotland, candidate for the post of Commonwealth Secretary
General, and Foreign Minister the Hon. Francine Baron.