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Tuesday, December 6, 2005 - Prime Minister Dr Kenny D. Anthony has been honoured by the United States Congressional Black Caucus for his outstanding contributions to the development of his country and the entire Caribbean Community.

The honour was bestowed on the Saint Lucia Prime Minister last month to coincide with activities to celebrates the 10th Anniversary of the Carib News Multinational Business Conference, which was held in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

The plaque honouring Prime Minister Anthony was signed by the current Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus and was dated November 11th 2005. It was unveiled at the gathering of top US Black political and business leaders in Christianstead, St. Thomas, which was held between November 11th and 13th and was attended by some twenty members of the Congressional Black Caucus.

However, two days earlier, on November 9th , 2005 ranking member of the Black Caucus, Democratic Congressman Charles B. Rangel of New York, delivered a speech at the first session of the 109th Congress, in which he placed on the Congressional Record, the text of the proclamation to be awarded to Prime Minister Anthony at the conference.

It was cited as “A proclamation Celebrating the Accomplishments of Dr. Kenny Anthony for his Outstanding


Leadership and Service to the people of Saint Lucia, the Caribbean region and the International Community.”

Congressman Rangel said that by honouring the Saint Lucian Prime Minister, he and his Congressional colleagues were following “an established and honoured tradition.” This tradition, he said, was one that allowed for “elected officials to recognize the outstanding contributions of those persons whose leadership, scholarship and total life's work have helped to transform people's lives for the better, especially in their own countries and region.”

He said such leaders “are reliable foundations on which sustained economic growth and human development are built, paving the way for a better standard of living for all, particularly the poor, and are therefore an inspiration to people at home and abroad.”

The ranking New York Democrat told the US Congress that Prime Minister Anthony “is obviously one such leader and a dedicated public servant.”

Citing the St. Lucia Prime Minister's professional accomplishments and his leadership in Government, Congressman Rangel noted that Prime Minister Anthony “has served as head of the Government of Saint Lucia at a time when the country has gained international recognition for its pace of human development.”

He said Prime Minister Anthony “has led Saint Lucia with distinction for almost a decade while directing much of the work on the historic creation of the Caribbean Court of Justice.”

He said: “Saint Lucia has given the world two Nobel Prize Winners, one in economics and the other in literature” and is thus “contributing even more to the improvement of the human condition.” he said that showed that “a small nation can be a showcase of talent and intellect, while being an example when it comes to adhering to the rule of law and parliamentary democracy.”

On that basis, the Congressman said, it was an honour for he and his fellow Congressional colleagues, to “salute and commend Dr Kenny D. Anthony for his leadership on the national and international stages, within CARICOM and the countries which belong to the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).”

Over the past decade, the annual conference has brought together elected officials, civic leaders, entrepreneurs and executives of major corporations to explore opportunities for growth and expansion in the emerging markets and developing economies of the Caribbean.

According to Congressman Rangel, the conference “has significantly contributed to the building of closer working relationships and personal ties between Caribbean leadership and the Member of Congress who have participated.”


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