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Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave inspects the Guard of Honour, with Commissioner of Police, Darwin Dottin, following close behind.

 
   

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GG speaks on Barbados’ development

6/2/2012

Newly-appointed Governor General, Sir Elliott Belgrave, says that Barbados must maintain its close ties with its neighbours in CARICOM and the larger international arena, especially during this difficult economic time.

Speaking just moments after taking the Oath of Office and the Oath of Allegiance in the Senate Chamber yesterday evening, to make him this country’s seventh Governor General, Sir Elliott said that it is his hope that the country’s outlook will improve so that some prosperity would return to our island, allowing “our people to breathe a little easier”.

“As a small developing nation we will be buffeted by adverse international economic conditions, but I am confident that our discipline, husbandry and prudence as a people will see us through, provided we stand united to meet the challenges ahead,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Governor General said that “if we can hold our heads high today, some 45 years after Independence, it is because we stand on the shoulders of giants”. The former jurist said that the democratic paths, the respect for the rule of law, the strength and independence of our executive, legislature and judiciary, as well as our excellent human rights record, are the legacy of leaders such as national heroes the Right Excellent Sir Grantley Adams and the Right Excellent Errol Barrow, as well as those whose duty it was to lead this country since independence.

“Our institutions show healthy respect for justice, freedom of the citizen and allowing each individual to benefit from free education, up to and including tertiary education. Barbados has always been known as the land of tolerance, respect and racial harmony and where everyone irrespective of their humble origins, creed or class has the opportunity to develop their true potential. My elevation to this high office is proof that this statement is no wanton boast,” he added. (JRT)

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