The Independence celebrations was held under the theme “With strength, honor and dignity, we stand resolute at forty and beyond”.
Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, secretary-general of the Caribbean community (CARICOM),in a congratulatory message to SVG Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, said the people can look back with pride and satisfaction at 40 years as an Independent nation and of being a haven of peace, progress and stability.
“This fact no doubt was instrumental in the recent election of St. Vincent and the Grenadines as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council,” the secretary-general said.
“That the nation is the smallest ever to have been granted that responsibility, is another achievement of which the country and the community can be proud.”
LaRocque also applauded SVG as a strong and dedicated advocate of regional integration, noting that the Caribbean community has benefitted from its steadfast contribution to furthering that process, in particular through its responsibility for transportation in the CARICOM quasi-cabinet.