The Annual Independence Lecture hosted by The University of the West Indies Open Campus, St. Vincent and the Grenadines Country Site, will take place on Thursday 24th October 2019 at the Methodist Church Hall from 7:00 pm.
This year, Dr. Hon. Ralph Gonsalves Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, will deliver the lecture on the topic, ‘Construction, Re-construction and Transformation: The Promise of Independence.’
His lecture will trace the development of the modern political economy of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and highlight significant alterations since Independence. Specifically, the lecture will demonstrate that the changes that have taken place since Independence have been made through a ‘movement’ of Land, People and Politics.
Dr. Gonsalves is a scholar politician who has studied the social, economic and political history of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. He has authored several books, pamphlets, and journal articles on a wide array of subject matters including, among others, Governance in the Caribbean, Reparatory Justice, National Heroes and the Labour Movement in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Dr. Gonsalves became the fourth Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines on 28 th of March 2001 having successfully led the Unity Labour Party (ULP) to victory.