Caricom’s Secretary-General, Irwin LaRocque, has recognized the sterling contributions of the late Hugh Cholmondeley to integration, broadcasting and education in the Region.
In a message of condolence, Mr. LaRocque referred to Mr. Cholmondeley’s service to the wider global community in the areas of conflict resolution and good governance. He said “this life of service and enterprise committed to the Caribbean cause will ensure that Mr. Cholmondeley is remembered as an extraordinary son of the soil”. He noted that Mr. Cholmondeley left an indelible mark on broadcast journalism with beginnings from his native Guyana, and was instrumental in the establishment of the Caribbean Broadcasting Union and the Caribbean News Agency. His stalwart contribution to the region’s communication sector continued in his service as the Caribbean Representative at the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The Caricom Secretary General said Mr. Cholmondeley’s dedication to the Caribbean cause extended beyond media to include tertiary education, as evidenced by his important role in the establishment of the Consortium Graduate School, which envelops post graduate students from universities across the Region. Mr LaRocque added that Mr. Cholmondeley will also be recognized for his wider global service in conflict resolution and good governance, assisting on behalf of the United Nations in troubled areas such as Somalia and on behalf of Caricom in Haiti, while also being part of numerous electoral observer missions.