Newly-appointed chairman of the OECS Prime Minister of Dominica Roosevelt Skerrit has congratulated the newly inaugurated Antigua and Barbuda cabinet of ministers.
The new members of the Antigua and Barbuda Government were sworn-in at a ceremony at Government House in St. Johns on Wednesday, June 18, 2014.
According to a press release from the Office of the Press Secretary in Dominica, Prime Minister Skerrit expressed his willingness to work with the new Antigua and Barbuda leadership.
“So I speak for all Dominica this evening when I extend heartiest congratulations to Gaston Browne and his team of candidates in the last general elections … and, to say how warmly and enthusiastically we welcome you to the mantle of Caribbean leadership at this crucial point in our region’s development.
“You have joined the process of national leadership at a crucial point in the development of Antigua and Barbuda, in particular, and the wider Caribbean region in general. The task ahead is arduous. Our people are looking to us as leaders for inspiration and definitive action.
“You have, as a newly elected government, to hit the road running. Time waits on no man. Our people are expecting strong, visionary leadership from us as leaders … and we dare not disappoint,” Skerrit stated.
Prime Minister Skerrit said that with the challenges besetting the region at this time, it is welcoming to have young, bright and visionary leaders like Honourable Gaston Browne to move the region forward. He said further that Dominica and Antigua and Barbuda have a special and deep relationship as not only fraternal allies but as a family.
“The Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party is not aligned to my Dominica Labour Party only because of historic roots in the Labour movement. We are connected by shared philosophy, mutual respect and personal friendships. The people of our respective countries prosper when governing parties of our two countries work in concert. Gaston Browne and Roosevelt Skerrit shall work together for the betterment of the people of Antigua and Barbuda and the Commonwealth of Dominica … Our countries have a deep history of sisterhood in regional and international relations. In contemporary parlance … we have each other’s backs,” he noted.
The Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party secured a convincing victory in the June 12, 2014 general elections.