By Aaron Humes: Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and former political candidate and public servant Dr. Carla Barnett has expressed her “profound sorrow” at the news of the passing of former Prime Minister Sir Manuel Esquivel.
In a message of condolence to Prime Minister John Briceño, Dr. Barnett said, “I viewed Sir Manuel as a calm, thoughtful leader whose importance to the evolution of an independent Belize cannot be overestimated. His scientific training imbued his actions with a deliberate logic which allied to his personal integrity and honesty made him a formidable presence in Belize’s public life.”
She made note of his contributions to the regional meetings of heads of government during his time in power and his influence on the Community’s Charter of Civil Society as indicative of his commitment to regional integration.
In extending formal condolences, she lauded Sir Manuel as “truly a fine example of what a life in public service should be.”
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