Late former Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Patrick Manning will be remembered as a visionary, a patriot and a Caribbean man who was committed to excellence and to the Caribbean Community.
So said current Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley in his opening remarks at the current 37th regular meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM taking place in Guyana.
Dr Rowley told the distinguished audience that it was under the stewardship of Mr manning that the implementation of initiatives such as the CARICOM Petroleum Stabilisation Fund and the CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) were realized.
The Manning Initiative with Grenada, Saint Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines reflected his dedication to strive for a stronger Community, Dr Rowley said.
Dr Rowley said Mr Manning was adamant on forging linkages with Latin America and supportive of the Time for Action blueprint that called for an Association of Caribbean States which held its first summit in Port of Spain.
Dr Rowley who noted that his address at the Conference was on the day (July 4th) that commemorates the signing of the original Treaty of Chaguaramas in 1973 said he would be aiming at continuing Mr Manning’s legacy with respect to CARICOM