Commonwealth Secretary General visiting several Caribbean countries

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Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland


Commonwealth Secretary General, Patricia Scotland, has arrived here as part of a wider visit to several Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries.

During her visit to the region that ends on May 31, Scotland, who is seeking re-appointment to her position of the 54-member grouping, she will also travel to Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda and St. Lucia where she will hold bi-lateral discussions with the leaders of these countries.

Dominica has nominated the Dominican-born Scotland for the post, but she faces opposition from the Jamaica Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Kamina Johnson, who in the past few weeks have visited Europe and Africa lobbing for support.

Last week, a Commonwealth spokesperson told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) that “as is the custom” a consensus vote will be taken during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) regarding Scotland’s re-appointment to the post.

Scotland has already said that if re-appointed she would only seek to stay in position for two years, a reference to the fact that she would have been in office for a total of eight years.

During her visit here, Scotland will address the eighth annual conference of the Commonwealth Caribbean Association of Integrity Commissions and Anti-Corruption Bodies (CCAICACB) that gets underway on Monday.

The three-day conference is being held under the theme ‘Controlling Corruption – Preventative Mechanisms Work Better Than Reactive Measures’ and will bring together heads of anti-corruption agencies, senior government officials, relevant international organizations, policymakers, and development partners.

They will be reviewing national and regional anti-corruption efforts, share knowledge and good practices, and discuss the impacts of corruption on sustainable development.