St. Vincent and Grenadines PM to speak at UCCI lecture series

Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves
Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves

The prime minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Gonsalves, will speak about international terrorism and the extent to which Caribbean countries could be affected by their levels of preparedness, on June 16 at the University College of the Cayman Islands.

The prime minister will also outline the region’s plans to counter terrorism.

“Citizens need to be educated about this phenomenon and must know what contingencies their governments have put in place. If they are not satisfied with these, they must demand more from their governments,” said Livingston Smith, chairman, UCCI Social Sciences Department.

The lecture is the latest installment of UCCI’s Distinguished Lectures Series.

“This is an excellent time to discuss, learn and explore various possibilities with a regional head of government such as Prime Minister Gonsalves,” Mr. Smith added.

Before serving as prime minister, starting in 2001, Mr. Gonsalves practiced law before the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, concentrating on constitutional, criminal, administrative, matrimonial and real property law, as well as tort and contract law.
He has also published papers about trade unions, comparative political economy and developmental issues.

“We are delighted that Prime Minister Gonsalves has accepted our invitation to discuss such a timely and relevant issue,” UCCI board chair Lemuel Hurlston said.

Prime Minister Gonsalves is the fourth speaker in the lecture series, following Trevor Munroe, executive director at National Integrity Action, Jamaica; Baroness Patricia Scotland, Commonwealth secretary-general; and Washington-based lawyer Jack Blum, an expert on white-collar financial crime and international tax evasion.

Mr. Gonsalves will speak at 6 p.m. at UCCI’s Sir Vassel Johnson Hall. The event is free and open to the public.