Australian High Commissioner to the Caribbean Philip Kentwell recently invested Sir Ronald Sanders with the Order of Australia, on special authority from the Governor-General of Australia, in Barbados.
Sir Ronald is a member of the Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group (EPG) and an international consultant, writer and a former senior Caribbean diplomat. He resides in Barbados with the his wife, Susan.
The award was bestowed in recognition of his "service to Australian relations, particularly concerning Commonwealth issues and advan- cing the interests of small developing states of the Caribbean region".
In recognition of the award, Kentwell stated, "I am delighted that Sir Ronald Sanders' tremendous contribution to Commonwealth discussions through his tireless work as a member of the Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group is recognised by Australia through this award.
"It also is an acknowledgment by Australia of the vigour and value Sir Ronald brings to regional discussions on small-island-developing-state issues and the future prosperity of the Caribbean region."