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PM urges Vincentian students in Cuba to study hard

PM urges Vincentian students in Cuba to study hard
Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves (forefront centre) and St Vincent and the Grenadines’ Ambassador in Cuba, Ellsworth John (back left) in Cuba with Vincentian students.


Vincentian students in Cuba have been urged to study hard, and to make their parents and country proud of their achievements.

The exhortation was given by Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves when he met with some 25 students who are based in the Cuban capital, Havana on Saturday, November 1 at the official residence of Ambassador Ellsworth John. The Vincentian Prime Minister engaged with the students for almost two hours prior to the official reception to celebrate SVG’s 40th year of its independence.

The students expressed their gratitude to the government for the opportunity offered to obtain tertiary education in Cuba and their determination to succeed, complete their studies and contribute to the development of their country. In view of the temporary inconveniences arising from tightened US sanctions against Cuba, the students requested that government consider an increase in their stipend to help to alleviate the present situation.

Overall, the meeting was held in a very positive atmosphere with the Prime Minister often interacting personally with individual students and concluded with the students joining in the official reception for the independence celebrations.

Ambassador John is soon to visit the students based in the eastern provinces to complete the independence celebrations with them in the historic city of Santiago de Cuba.