Author Archive: Ronald Sanders

Sir Ronald Sanders is Antigua and Barbuda’s Ambassador to the United States and the OAS. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies at the University of London and Massey College in the University of Toronto. The views expressed are his own

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Contest for OAS Secretary-General: The Caribbean’s interest

Contest for OAS Secretary-General: The Caribbean’s interest

| January 3, 2020 | 0 Comments

The contest for the post of Secretary-General of the Organization of American States (OAS) is now well and truly joined.   The election for the post will be held on March 20, and there are three contestants whose nominations were submitted by December 15, 2019 – the date set by the Permanent Council of the Organization.  The […]

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A weak Caribbean will not serve its people in 2020

A weak Caribbean will not serve its people in 2020

| January 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

As 2019 ends and the New Year dawns, the world faces a troubling period of uncertainty. This precariousness will affect international and regional organizations as some powerful governments pursue a policy of de-linking from the established international system, encouraging fragmentation of regional groups and imposing their own agenda through various methods of coercion. That process […]

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CARICOM finds its winning voice

CARICOM finds its winning voice

| December 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

It is a valid criticism of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries that they have more often failed than succeeded in coordinating their foreign policy actions. This tendency has been displayed in the Organisation of American States (OAS) over the last three years, causing celebration among those countries that fear the voting power of the 14 […]

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Withdrawal of Canadian banks: opportunity to remedy

Withdrawal of Canadian banks: opportunity to remedy

| December 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

Withdrawal of Canadian banks: opportunity to remedy not repeat mistakes The untidy and muddled way in which Canadian banks are withdrawing from the countries of the Commonwealth Caribbean is a direct result of insufficient attention being paid by governments to the terms of their entry at the time.  Commonwealth Caribbean countries are those that were former […]

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Maria Fernanda Espinosa for OAS President

Maria Fernanda Espinosa for OAS President

| December 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

Washington, DC, December 13…. The Ambassador of Antigua and Barbuda to the Organisation of American States (OAS), Sir Ronald Sanders, announced that he has submitted the formal nomination of former UN General Assembly President, Maria Fernanda Espinosa, for the post of Secretary-General of the OAS. Ambassador Sanders advised that he submitted the nomination to the current […]

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Foreign and local investment: fairness for all

Foreign and local investment: fairness for all

| December 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

There has always been tension between encouraging foreign investment and promoting local entrepreneurship.  In many countries, local businesses are expected to pay a range of domestic taxes while governments exempt foreign investors from obligation for the same taxes in order to attract their money, knowledge and, in some cases their technological skills. Where foreign investors do […]

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Double standards in the OAS

Double standards in the OAS

| November 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

Double standards have become the new system in the Organization of American States (OAS).   This unwholesome development does not portend well for the future of the Organization which is increasingly becoming a rubber stamp for the will of a few governments.  It also creates a huge cloud over the bilateral relations of nations within the hemisphere. This […]

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Harvard University’s moral debt

Harvard University’s moral debt

| November 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

Why does Harvard University in the United States of America (US) have a moral obligation to provide some form of compensation to Antigua and Barbuda, a small Caribbean island state?  The answer is simple: natural justice demands it. The island of Antigua is not as remote from the lavish campus of Harvard in Cambridge, Massachusetts, as […]

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CARICOM cannot abandon Haiti

CARICOM cannot abandon Haiti

| October 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

CARICOM cannot abandon Haiti despite the president’s failure to respond to offers Haiti is in turmoil again.  This time the countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) cannot be criticised for inaction, but questions must be asked about others in the hemispheric community who have been silent about the political and humanitarian situation in the country. For […]

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Resist the UN being held to ransom

Resist the UN being held to ransom

| October 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

The United Nations (UN) is facing a severe shortage of cash, and, according to its Secretary-General, António Guterres, “the Organization runs the risk of depleting its liquidity reserves by the end of the month (October) and defaulting on payments to staff and vendors”. This is because 64 of the UN’s 193 member states have not […]

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