The University of the West Indies (The UWI) proudly celebrates Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Gonsalves and Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Amor Mottley who both recently received international recognition for their leadership and influence.
On May 26, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves was conferred the Order of José Martí by President of the Republic of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel. The date marked the thirtieth anniversary of diplomatic relations between St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Cuba.
The award is named after José Martí, a former nationalist, poet, philosopher, essayist, journalist, translator, professor, and publisher, who is considered a Cuban national hero because of his role in the liberation of his country from Spain.
Prime Minister Mottley was lauded by the global media brand, Time on its TIME100: The Most Influential People of 2022 list. The publication annually recognizes the world’s pioneers, leaders, titans, innovators, and icons. To celebrate this year’s laureates, Time published five worldwide covers in May, each highlighting a member of the TIME100, and Prime Minister Mottley was selected for the cover representing influential leaders.