T&T PM awarded ‘Democracy Medal’

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar.
AP Photo/Frank Franklin II

Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has been awarded the 2013 “Democracy Medal” by the 46th World Conference of the International Association of Political Consultants in Antigua last week.

Chairman of the conference, Mathew McMillan, said: “Persad-Bissessar is a true trailblazer in the Caribbean region.”

He said the organization felt her rise to power in Trinidad and Tobago was a testament to the progress of women in the country, in the region and around the world.

“Her policy initiatives have been revolutionizing and her commitment to the development of her country and the Caribbean has been uncompromising,” he said.

The award for Democracy Medal is given to an individual or organization who, in the judgment of its members, has worked courageously to foster, promote and sustain the democratic process anywhere in the world,” a release said.

Among the previous recipients of the award were former president of Poland, Lech Walesa and former South African president Nelson Mandela.

Persad-Bissessar, who was absent for the award said she was honored to have been recognized by the conference.

The prime minister said she looked forward to continuing to work with world leaders and with all Caribbean stakeholders to forge solutions in the interest of the global community, regardless of size or income.

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