Mexico marked the 205th Anniversary of its Independence on Wednesday, September 16, 2015. It was on this day in 1810 that the Mexican War of Independence is recognised as having started, although Mexico did not formally declare Independence from Spain until 1821.
To commemorate the occasion, the Embassy of Mexico to the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, based in Saint Lucia, held a reception at Kaye Blanche in Rodney Bay on September 15.
In attendance were several dignitaries, including the Ambassador of Mexico to Saint Lucia, His Excellency Luis Manuel Lopez Moreno; Governor General, Her Excellency Dame Pearlette Louisy; Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Economic Affairs, Planning and Social Security, Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony; former Prime Minister Hon. Stephenson King and several Cabinet and Parliamentary colleagues.
Ambassador Moreno took the opportunity to pledge his Government’s support towards helping rebuild the village of Petit Savanne in the Commonwealth of Dominica, destroyed by the passage of Tropical Storm Erika on August 27, 2015. For Prime Minister Anthony, this recalled Mexico’s support to Saint Lucia in similar circumstances.
But with the spectre of climate change affecting the island states of the Caribbean, Dr. Anthony also thanked the Government of Mexico for its intervention to help bring pipe-borne water to thousands of residents of the Mabouya Valley in Dennery North.
Said Dr. Anthony,
“I want to single out one particular project that is resonating and changing the lives of those who will benefit by it. And that is the water project, to ring water to the people of Dennery North. Mexico has made a grant to Saint Lucia of US$5 million for that project, and I am told that at this stage we are now into procurement, hoping that an appropriate contractor will eventually be selected for that project. I want to take the opportunity, on behalf of the Government and people of Saint Lucia, to say thank you.
“Already the Ambassador His Excellency Moreno, has mentioned the grant given to us in respect of the redevelopment of St Jude Hospital, for which we thank the Mexican Government.
“On an occasion like this, it is good to reflect even further, because the Mexican Government – in much the same way they have pledged to assist our sister nation Dominica – came to our rescue after that trough in December 2013. Mexico was one of the first countries to pledge U$500, 000 towards the reconstruction of our country.”
The Prime Minister congratulated Mexico on its attainment of 205 years of Independence, and lauded the continued good relations between Saint Lucia and Mexico.
The two nations have enjoyed bilateral diplomatic relations since 1979. Mexico inaugurated its Embassy to the OECS in Saint Lucia in 2005.