Opposition leader and President of the New Democratic Party (NDP) Dr. Godwin Friday has been elected as Vice Chair for Policy and External Affairs on the Caribbean Democrat Union (CDU) Board for 2018.

Dr. Friday was elected at the Annual General Meeting of the CDU which took place in Miami over the weekend.

According to a release from the NDP, Dr. Friday said he was grateful for the opportunity to serve as a Vice Chair of the CDU for 2018 and looks forward to a closer working relationship with sister parties in the region going forward.

The other elected members of the board include: Prime Minister of St. Lucia-Allen Chastanet who will serve as Chairman; Vice Chair Women and Minorities: Palmavon Webster of Anguilla; Vice Chair Organizational Support: Patrick Faber of Belize; Treasurer: Pearnel Charles Junior of Jamaica; and Secretary General/Public Relations Officer: Mr. Nick Francis of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

According to reports from member parties of the CDU, the gathering adopted a framework for greater cooperation, and they signed a declaration affirming the values and principles of the union.

In light of the recent catastrophic events in the neighbouring countries wrought by hurricanes Irma and Maria, the CDU ensured that climate change and environmental issues were high on the agenda.

Member parties of the CDU also developed a work plan for 2018 which included increasing participation of women and youth, policy development, strengthening party structures and capacity building.



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