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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Commerce successfully concluded its Annual Essay Writing Competition with an Awards and Prize-Giving ceremony on Monday, 29 June 2020. 

In this year’s competition, there were 33 participants from primary, secondary, and tertiary educational institutions across Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Students aged 9-13 years participated in the Envoys category, while students aged 14-18 years participated in the Ambassadors category.

The topics in the Envoys category were as follows:

1. Ninety-five (95) countries, hundreds of official languages and opportunities galore…every Vincentian should learn a foreign language. Discuss.

2. Travel is fun but visas are not. Why do countries impose visa requirements?

3. “My exporting journey” - Imagine that you can manufacture and export one product from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, what product would you export and why?

The topics in the Ambassadors category were:

1. St. Vincent and the Grenadines makes history - the smallest country to be elected to serve on the UN Security Council. What is the significance of our two-year tenure?

2. Opportunities Abound! St. Vincent and the Grenadines opens new Mission in Taiwan. Discuss.

3. Consumers have no rights in this country! Explain why you agree or disagree with this statement.

In the Envoys category, Miss Anna Warrican from the Saint Vincent Girls High School placed first and received an Award of Distinction for achieving an average of 90%. In 2nd and 3rd places were Misses Lau Browne and Christi Williams, respectively, both representing the Saint Vincent Girls High School. In 4th place, Mr. Tyler Matthias, representing the Kingstown Preparatory School, received a Certificate of Commendation, as well as Mr. Kuba Francis of the Georgetown Government School, who placed 5th.

In the Ambassadors category, Miss Mikayla Friday from the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Community College placed 1st, with a Certificate of Merit; and in 2nd place was Miss Tianny Pierre of the Emmanuel High School Mesopotamia. The 3rd, 4th and 5th place winners were Misses Tiyana Roberts, Tiffany Pierre, and Jeva Alfred, all students of the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Community College.

The annual competition has been supported by Digicel SVG, which is the lone sponsor. Digicel provided Samsung smart phones, cash prizes to the tune of $2,500, and trophies. The competition provides a platform for youth to hone their research and writing abilities. It also allows participants to garner in-depth knowledge on local, regional, and international affairs and events via research and applicability to their lives, as well as to the Vincentian society.

The Ministry wishes to congratulate the winners of this year’s competition and extend commendations to all participants who participated for their personal and academic development.

For further information, please contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Commerce, at telephone number 784-456-2060.


TOP FIVE IN EACH CATEGORY

ENVOYS CATEGORY:

Back row, L-R: Mrs. Sandy Peters-Phillips, Permanent Secretary; Honorable Sir Louis Straker, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Trade and Commerce; Mrs. Melecia Barnwell, Corporate Representative of Digicel SVG and Dr. Doris Charles, Retired Diplomat.
Front row, L-R: Miss Christi Williams, Mr. Tyler Matthias, Mr. Kuba Francis, Miss Lau Browne, and Miss Anna Warrican

AMBASSADORS CATEGORY:

Back row, L-R: Mrs. Sandy Peters-Phillips, Permanent Secretary; Honorable Sir Louis Straker, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Trade and Commerce; Mrs. Melecia Barnwell, Corporate Representative of Digicel SVG, and Dr. Doris Charles, Retired Diplomat.
Front row, L-R: Misses Mikayla Friday, Tiyana Roberts, Tiffany Pierre, Jeva Alfred, and Tianny Pierre.