ST. JOHN’S, Antigua and Barbuda – 21st September, 2015…Ambassador Dwight C. R. Gardiner has received his official instrument accrediting him as Ambassador of Antigua and Barbuda to the Association of Caribbean States (ACS). The newly appointed ACS Ambassador travelled to Trinidad and Tobago last week to present his credentials to the ACS Secretary General, Ambassador Alfonso Múnera Cavadía in a short ceremony held at the ACS’s headquarters in Port-of-Spain.
The ACS has a varied mandate focusing on a number of matters, including trade and transport, which complements the Directors current portfolio responsibilities and experience in the maritime industry. Priorities on the ACS agenda also include protection and conservation of the Caribbean Sea, addressing the influx of Sargasso seaweed, tackling coastal erosion and the invasion of Lion Fish in the region and issues of regional migration management.
In accepting his official accreditation instrument, the Director and Registrar General of the Antigua and Barbuda Department of Marine Services and Merchant Shipping (ADOMS), Ambassador Gardiner said,
“I am enormously pleased to be part of this new political directorate. As the representative of Antigua and Barbuda on the ACS, I will continue working diligently and tirelessly to ensure that our country’s voice is heard on critical agenda matters of the ACS and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) while enhancing regional cooperation on the topical issue of migration, and the possibility of strengthening the synergy among international organizations so as to enable effective migration management.”
The ACS consists of 32 contracting states, countries and territories of the Greater Caribbean, with the desire to enhance cooperation within the region, an initiative aimed at building upon geographic proximity and well-documented historical linkages. As stated in the Convention establishing the ACS, its primary purpose is to be an organization for “consultation, cooperation and concerted action” for its member countries.