St. VincentWelcome to the embassy of Saint Vincent & the Grenadines to Cuba.

Ambassador Ellsworth JohnIt is an honour for me to serve as the second resident Ambassador to the Republic of Cuba for St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Even before 1992 when St. Vincent and the Grenadines formally established diplomatic relations with the Republic of Cuba, Vincentian individuals and organizations forged relationships with the Government in the Republic of Cuba.

A number of young people benefitted from scholarships in the Republic of Cuba and today they are leaders in both the private and public sectors in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, contributing positively to the growth and development of my country. Indeed, in the year 1980, less than one year after St. Vincent and the Grenadines attained political independence from Great Britain, the Republic of Cuba granted scholarships to three young Vincentians: Andreas Wickham who studied political  economy and became the Adminitrative Head of the Foreign Ministry and is now the country's Ambassador to Venezuela; Douglas Slater, who studied medicine, later became a Minister of Government in the ULP administration and is now an Assistant  Secretary General at the CARICOM Secretariat; and Berwyn King who studied Agronomy.

The Government in the Republic of Cuba has always displayed a strong spirit of solidarity with the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, whether it is in the field of health, energy efficiency, sports or in fulfillment of the desire of the people in St. Vincent and the Grenadines to have an international airport.

This is my second stint as Ambassador to the Republic of Cuba, the first time working as a non-resident envoy while serving as Ambassador to the United States of America. I look forward to building on the excellent work of my predecessor, Ambassador Dexter Rose who served for eleven years and has built a positive foundation, particularly through cultural exchanges.

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