Prime Minister of the Bahamas, Perry Gladstone Christie, will deliver a Distinguished Open Lecture, discussing his views on the role of The Bahamas in Caricom on Monday at 5.30 p.m. at the Daaga Auditorium, The University of the West Indies (UWI) St Augustine Campus.
The lecture is the second in a series at The UWI St Augustine, focusing on Caricom: exploring its usefulness to the region and its future, following its 40th anniversary celebrations under a year ago. Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque delivered the first lecture in October 2013.
Prime Minister Christie will speak on the issues of Caricom as a regional, hemispheric and world force. He will argue that nations of the region are stronger by standing together. His view is that collectively we can improve our economies, share, enhance and enrich our culture and civilisation by acting in concert. He believes that this cooperation and exchange should be strengthened from Bermuda to Suriname. The prime minister also believes there should be an outreach to the dependent territories as well.
Christie was born and schooled in Nassau, New Providence, the nation’s capital. He pursued his professional education in the UK where he read Law and graduated with Honours from Birmingham University in 1969. He is both the third and fifth prime minister of the Bahamas. He is believed to be the youngest senator ever appointed in the Bahamas, having been appointed by then prime minister the Rt Hon Lynden Pindling in 1974. This year marks 40 years of service to the Bahamas, during which time he held several key ministerial portfolios.
Christie is deeply committed to the institution that is Caricom. He is a strong advocate of an open, honest and frank dialogue with the developed world, and in particular of a structured dialogue with all the major players in the region and the hemisphere. He will argue that we must learn to better leverage the advantage of our numbers on the world stage.
The lecture is free, and open to the public. All are invited.