St. VincentWelcome to the embassy of Saint Vincent & the Grenadines to Cuba.


Since 1980, hundreds of young Vincentians have studied in the Republic of Cuba, most of them on scholarships granted by the Government of the Republic of Cuba.  Ten students were awarded scholarshps between 1980 and 1982. This is an illustration of the contribution that eight (8) of the first ten (10)  are making to the development of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.


Dr. Douglas SlaterDr. Douglas Slater was one of the pioneers in 1980 who was awarded a scholarship to study medicine in Cuba. On his return to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, he practiced medicine and public health before being elected to the Parliament  with the Unity Labour Party in 2001.  He served for ten (10) years as the Minister of Health and the environment.  On his retirement from elective office in 2010, he was appointed a Senator and made the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Commerce. He served in that capacity until September 2013.   Dr. Douglas Slater is currently the Assistant Secretary General and head of the Directorate for Human and Social Development at CARICOM (Caribbean Community).  In this capacity, he has oversight for Sustainable Development, Human Resource Development, Labour, Culture and Community Development, Health Sector Development and Crime and Security.

Andreas WickhamAmbassador Andreas Wickham, another of the pioneers who started in 1980, studied political economy while in the Republic of Cuba. Mr. Wickham entered the government service on his return to St. Vincent and the Grenadines and was appointed Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and Culture in the 2001. He later served as Permanent Secretary/Vice Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Commerce.  He is currently the Ambassador of St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

Dexter RoseAmbassador Dexter Rose came to the Republic of Cuba in 1981 with the second batch of students. He studied journalism. On his return to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, he worked in the private sector in public relations and also in marketing.  He later became the editor of one of the three national newspapers in St. vincent and the Grenadines.  In October 2005 he was appointed as the first resident Ambassador to the Republic of Cuba, a position he held for eleven (11) years until October 2016. During his tenure in the Republic of Cuba, Ambassador Rose obtained a Masters in International Relations from the University of Havana.

Donnie DeFreitasDonnie Defreitas was in the second batch of students who began their studies in the Republic of Cuba in 1981. Donnie holds a Masters in Electronic Engineering and started his career as the government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Chief Advisor in telecommunications with pioneering activities first in the introduction of electronic mail services in St. Vincent and later in the development of the ground breaking regional regulatory body for the Eastern Caribbean; ECTEL. He  conceptualized  the first regional telecommunications regulatory body in the world. He managed the Table Tennis Association making it a household name and he organized the National Olympic Committee to become the Authority in sport in St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Yvette BarnwellYvette Barnwell scholarship to the Republic of Cuba in 1981 was in the field of Accounting. Mrs Barnwell Wickham worked for the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines at the Treasury Department as SIGFIS Co-ordinator and as Senior Finance Officer in the Ministry of Finance. She is currently the Minister Counsellor in the Embassy of St. Vincent and the Grenadines to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

Dr. Errol Parsons began his studies in Dentistry in 1981 as part of the second batch to receive scholarships from the Republic of Cuba. Today he is the Dental Surgeon at the General Hospital in Kingstown providing free preventive care along with extractions and fillings for the poor.  He is the country's Senior Dental Surgeon and Administrator of Oral Treatment. He also has a private practise.

Bernar HamiltonMr. Bernard Hamilton was one of three persons who received scholarships in 1982 from the Republic of Cuba. He has a MBA and a MSc in Economics.  He served as the Head of the Development Bank and is now the Country Manager for the Bank of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.


Ronald ChildDr. Ronald Child completed his MD at the University of Havana from 1982 to 1989. He has a vast experience in the medical field working as a professor and also as a medical officer. He got registered at the Medical council of Jamaica in the year 1996. He is currently working as a Clinical Instructor and also as a Consultant Surgical Pathologist at the Milton Cato Hospital, in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.  He is the PRO at the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Medical Association. He has given presentations in many countries such as Trinidad, Japan and at SVG. He is part time professor at the American  University of St. Vincent teaching the fourth semester students Pathology II.

Thornley MyersMr Thornley Myers is the third recipient of a scholarship in 1982 from the Republic of Cuba. He studied Engineering.  For the past fifteen years, he has served as the Chief Executive Officer of the state owned electricity company (VINLEC). VINLEC serves 42,000 customers and provides electricity to 98% of the populace.

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