Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr Ralph Gonsalves has been conferred with Guyana’s second highest national award, the Order of Roraima by His Excellency, Dr Mohamed Irfaan Ali, during his four days visit to the south American country, as reported by the Guyanese Department of Public Information (DPI) .
The Guyanese Head of State said he was honored to present the prestigious award to the long-standing regional politician, during an evening diner in the State House in Georgetown the capital city.
“The conferral of Guyana’s Order of Roraima is in deserved recognition of the tireless commitment and unflinching contributions which Dr Gonsalves has made to the cause of regionalism and regional integration.”
“The President also offered words of homage to Prime Minister Gonsalves’s solidarity with Guyana in protecting the country’s democracy and territorial integrity. He called Dr Gonsalves a Caribbean man who has been committed to “democracy, peace, security and development of the Caribbean.
“The Head of State also lauded other regional and national individuals who stood up for “democracy, the rule of law, and freedom” in Guyana. He said they would be recognized for their contributions later in the year.
The Prime Minister of Barbados, the Honourable Mia Amor Motley, is also a recipient of the Order of Roraima
Vice President, the Honourable Dr Bharrat Jagdeo; Ministers of the Government; former President Donald Ramotar; General Secretary of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Dr Carla Barnett; Chief of Staff of the Guyana Defence Force, Brigadier Godfrey Bess; Police Commissioner Clifton Hicken and other Government Officials were also at the State House during the conferral ceremony.