Saturday 15 August, 2020

St Lucia extends condolences to Barbados on passing of Owen Arthur

Right Honourable Owen Arthur, former Prime Minister of Barbados.

Right Honourable Owen Arthur, former Prime Minister of Barbados.

Updated statement from Prime Minister Allen Chastanet

Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet has extended condolences on behalf of the Government and People of Saint Lucia to the Government and People of Barbados following the passing of the Right Honourable Owen Arthur, former Prime Minister of Barbados. Owen Arthur was Barbados’ longest serving Prime Minister, from 1994 to 2008.

In offering condolences, Prime Minister Chastanet, referred to the late Owen Arthur as a “patriot” who he “had the deepest respect for.” Prime Minister Chastanet said that he had in the past worked closely with the former Prime Minister, especially on the issue of the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME).

Related Article

“Not only was he a patriot for Barbados but you can honestly say that he was a patriot for the Caribbean,” noted Prime Minister Chastanet. “He played a leadership role in the CSME. The vision he had in terms of integrating the Caribbean will always be remembered and I will always have the greatest amount of respect for him. His last role as the Chairman of LIAT is not an enviable position to be in but despite how difficult it was, even at this late stage he was willing to take it on. I know that he was not just doing it for Barbados, he was doing it for all of us in the Caribbean. He is going to be missed. On behalf of Saint Lucia, our hearts go out to Owen Arthur’s wife and daughters and all his family and friends and to the Government and People of Barbados.”

Saint Lucia’s flag is being flown at half mast today in recognition of the late Owen Arthur and in recognition of former Saint Lucian Member of Parliament and Attorney-at-law, the late Kenneth Foster, Q.C. who is being laid to the rest today in an official funeral.

 

Original story

Prime Minister of St Lucia Allen Chastanet has offered condolences to Barbados on the passing of its former Prime Minister Owen Arthur.

Chastanet posted to his official Facebook account saying: "The government and people of Saint Lucia extend deepest condolences to Barbados following the passing of the Right Honourable Owen Arthur, former Prime Minister of Barbados.

"Arthur was Barbados’ longest serving Prime Minister, from 1994 to 2008. Our heart goes out to his wife and daughters and all his family and friends and to the government and people of Barbados."

Owen Seymour Arthur passed away at 12.26 today (July 27) after a short stay in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. He was 70 years old.

As the then Leader of the Barbados Labour Party he led Barbados for three consecutive terms: September 6, 1994 to January 20, 1999; January 20, 1999 to May 21 2003; and from May 21, 2003 to January 15, 2008.

In a statement from Barbados' Government Information Service, the government of Barbados extended its sincerest condolences to Arthur's wife Julie, his daughters Leah and Sabrina and his extended family. 

Starting today, there will be a period of national mourning for three days in Barbados in honour of this "giant of a man in terms of his knowledge, expertise, experience and actions".

The three-term prime minister and "boss" economist will be mourned throughout the Caribbean because of the pivotal roles he played in CARICOM throughout his terms. He also acted as an advisor to many CARICOM member states after his time in government.

One of his last official posts held was that of Chairman of the Commonwealth Observer Mission to Guyana’s 2020 General and Regional Elections.

Most recently (April 11), Barbados' Prime Minister Mia Mottley, who took up the reigns of the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) after Arthur, appointed him to be part of the government's Special Advisory Group to tackle current and post-COVID-19 affairs because of his economical prowess. She considered him an asset of Barbados as the government works to restore the economy in this post-COVID period. She called him one of Barbados' "resources" for his knowledge and experience.

All flags will be flown at half mast across Barbados from today to Thursday, July 30.

Get the latest local and international news straight to your mobile phone for free: