Tuesday, August 23, 2022
Former Jamaican Prime Minister P.J. Patterson recently stated that one important way that CARICOM countries can aid their sister nation is to be a strong voice in the international community and demand that powerful nations increase their efforts to address the continuous crises in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, The Nassau Guardian revealed. With Haiti still in chaos more than a year after the unsettled assassination of President Jovenel Mose.
Patterson noted, “CARICOM has to be a voice for justice for the people of Haiti, but for that to be allowed, Haiti has to make it clear to the rest of the world that they are part of a Caribbean family and we have the requisite authority to speak for them and on their behalf and to work with them to realize our objectives.”
The Grand Boulé, the oldest continuously operating Greek-letter fraternity for prominent American Black professional men and professional men of African heritage throughout the African diaspora, was holding its first-ever international convention when he gave a speech in The Bahamas.
Around 2,500 members of the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity and their families have attended the conference, which is being held at the Atlantis on Paradise Island and finishes tomorrow. The event gives like-minded men the chance to talk about fostering relationships across the Diaspora.
At the Boulé’s opening ceremony held on Saturday, Patterson was one of the special guests. The event included a panel discussion where he, Prime Minister Philip Davis, and renowned civil rights activist Andrew Young discussed ways that people of African descent can collaborate to improve their results as well as the shared historical and cultural connections that exist among those in the Diaspora.
The University of the West Indies’ P.J. Patterson Africa-Caribbean Institute for Public Advocacy is led by the former Jamaican prime minister. On Saturday night, he spoke with The Nassau Guardian about a range of topics pertaining to strengthening ties between Africa and the Caribbean.
In response to a question about CARICOM’s assistance to the crisis-stricken nation of Haiti, he stated, ” “We have to help largely with technical expertise and I think we have shown a preparedness to deal with that but we can’t omit in all of this that when Haitian leaders speak for the plight of the Haitian people, there are those who would overthrow them, kidnap them, and replace them with persons who are not equally courageous and have the requisite perspicacity to unite the people of Haiti.”
Since July 2, 2002, Haiti has been a full member of CARICOM, four years after receiving provisional membership.
Patterson speaks on the Caribbean community connection with Haiti as well as their contribution to the region liberation, “We welcomed Haiti into the Caribbean Community in the 1990s because, despite the difference of language, we share so much in terms of our common heritage, and all people of color owe a debt to Haiti in its fight to vanquish the Napoleon army and, subsequently, its declaration that anybody who entered Haiti would become a free man; and Haiti has contributed immensely to the liberation of so many of the nations of the Caribbean.”
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Tuesday, August 23, 2022