Scotland at a press conference in Malta after her election

Scotland at a press conference in Malta after her election

Congratulations poured in from around the Caribbean for the newly elected Dominican-born Commonwealth Secretary General Designate Baroness Patricia Scotland.

Though CARICOM members had been unable to agree on a single candidate for the position and had fielded two: Baroness Scotland and Sir Ronald Saunders, once the announcement was made on Friday, the region rallied around her.

In a congratulatory message, the Guyana-based CARICOM Secretariat welcomed the Baroness’ election, pointing out that she had created history as the first woman to head the organization.

She is also the second Secretary-General to come from the Caribbean Community – the other being Sir Shridath Ramphal of Guyana.

CARICOM Secretary General Irwin LaRocque, said the Community looks forward to working with Baroness Scotland in continuing to strengthen the Commonwealth and in building on the close co-operation between that organisation and CARICOM.

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