The Star (St. Lucia) - - REGIONAL -

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.

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