Caribbean Welcomes Argyle
The Argyle International Airport has been greeted throughout the Caribbean. CARICOM chairman and President of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana - Brigadier David Granger made the acknowledgement last Tuesday, February 14, as he addressed the ceremonial opening of the Argyle International Airport (AIA).
"The Caribbean welcomes the construction of the Argyle International Airport,” Granger said, even as he pointed to how the airport was "expected to enhance the Vincentian brand, and add significantly to the Vincentian infrastructural stock.”
In addition, President Granger said, "It is expected to make travel from this country’s major tourism markets easier, cheaper and faster.”
Granger used the platform to advance the furtherance of regional integration.
"We have forged a community of small sovereign states from this legacy of fragmentation and physical separation over the past forty-four years,” Granger indicated, and he emphasised integration measures through, "constructing institutions to improve coordination; facilitating the freer movement of capital, goods, people, and services; widening contacts among our academics, artistes, investors, sportsmen, students, and tourists; and spanning the sea that historically has separated us.”
He cautioned that the sea which marked the borders of many a Caribbean nation "must become increasingly a source of convergence rather than collision and confrontation.”
The Guyanese Brigadier relished the CARICOM aura that the gathering at Argyle engendered. St. Lucia’s Prime Minister Allen Chastanet and Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerritt formed part of the platform party. Trinidad and Tobago’s Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan broadened the CARICOM perspective.
And Hazel Manning, the widow of former Prime Minister Patrick Manning, an early supporter of SVG’s quest to build an international airport, also gave greetings.
All in all, President Granger’s message was that the airport would not only boost the development prospects of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, but that it would also "deepen the integration of the Caribbean region.”
Hundreds of people thronged the precincts of the Argyle International Airport for the ceremonial opening that also witnessed the landing of the first regional and international flights at the airport.
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