By MPE Caribbean Report
Calypso revolutionary David Michael Rudder of Trinidad & Tobago (pictured left) and former West Indies captain and batting sensation Sir Vivian Richards of Antigua and Barbuda were among four recipients of the prestigious Order of the Caribbean Community (OCC) at the opening ceremony of the 43rd Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM, in Paramaribo, Suriname last week.
Recipients also included former CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque of Dominica, and former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Barbados Dame Billie Miller. They join a cadre of distinguished persons who have been honored with the award.
First conferred in 1992, the award is given to “Caribbean nationals whose legacy in the economic, political, social and cultural metamorphoses of Caribbean society is phenomenal.”
The first awardees were Dr. William Demas, former CARICOM Secretary-General; Sir Shridath Ramphal, former Chief Negotiator of the Caribbean Regional Negotiating Machinery (CRNM), former Commonwealth Secretary-General, Chairman of the West Indian Commission, and former Chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI); and St. Lucia’s Derek Walcott, internationally acclaimed poet and playwright and 1992 Nobel Laureate in literature.