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Jennifer May


I would like to offer my sincere condolences, on behalf of the Government and the people of Canada, on the passing of Professor the Right Honourable Owen Seymour Arthur, former Prime Minister of Barbados. His legacy will stand as an example of leadership across the region during his long-standing and distinguished service to Barbados and the Caribbean region. We will treasure his important contributions to the rich relationship and the strong friendship that unify Barbados and Canada, making us not only neighbours but also important partners in our hemisphere. Our best thoughts are with his family, friends, and the people of Barbados.


Jennifer May,
Ambassador of Canada to Brazil

Embajada de Rusia en Panamá


La Embajada de la Federación de Rusia saluda muy atentamente a la Honorable Embajada de Barbados en ocasión de referirse al
fallecimiento del ex-Primer Ministro Sr. Owen S.Arthur, quien murió el 27 de julio.

Se ruega transmitir condolencias a los familiares y amigos del Honorable Profesor Owen S.Arthur.

La Embajada de la Federación de Rusia aprovecha esta ocasión para reiterar a la Honorable Embajada de Barbados las seguridades de su más alta y distinguida consideración.

Fernando Schmidt


Quiero expresar mis más sinceras condolencias a la Embajada de Barbados, con el ruego de transmitir estos sentimientos de pesar al Gobierno y a la familia de ese gran hombre público que fue el ex Primer Ministro Arthur. Que descanse en paz

Khalid bin Bandar Al Saud

United Kingdom

It is with regret that I learned of the passing of Professor the Rt Hon Owen Arthur, former Prime Minister of Barbados, whose contribution to the development of his country is widely acknowledged.
I send my condolences to the family, friends and colleagues. May his soul rest in peace with Almighty Allah

Khalid bin Bandar Al Saud




The Government and People of the Republic of the Philippines convey their deepest condolences to the Government and People of the Republic of Barbados on the passing of Former Prime Minister Owen Seymour Arthur. A great statesman and honorable son of Barbados, Prime Minister Owen Seymour Arthur will be terribly missed.

Wren Willis Hinds



My deepest sympathies and condolences for the remaining families, he was a great Prime Minister from Barbados my kinda land.

Linda Watson-Lorde

United States

The Late Prime Minister, Professor Owen S. Arthur was a Gift from God to the Barbados community, which we shared with our fellow Caribbean islands/countries and the rest of the world. His intellect and wit cannot be measured as his boundless love for humanity was a treasure.

His memory will be our legacy and heritage.

My prayers shall be for his family, wife, daughters, brothers, sisters, etc at this time of his reconciliation with his Heavenly Father.

His soul was always one of restfulness, may it so continue.

High Commissioner Napoleon Abdulai


On behalf of His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the President of the Republic of Ghana, the government, people and my own behalf our sincere condolences on the going to the village of The Right Honourable Owen S. Arthur late Prime Minister of our sister nation Barbados.
He played a positive role in the development of Barbados and we wish PM Arthur’s beautiful soul perfect peace.

Shellyanne Sealy Wilder

United States

Barbados has lost another great. From here in North Carolina, USA, I mourn with my Bajan family during this time. My condolences to the family, relatives and friends of The Honorable Owen Arthur. May he rest in peace and to God be the glory.

Philip St. Hill


I wish to join with my fellow Barbadians in Barbados and across the globe in paying tribute to our late leader and compatriot, The Right Honourable Owen S. Arthur. I also extend sincere condolences to his family and close associates. Mr. Arthur did Barbados proud, contributing to our economic prosperity and Barbados' admired international image and reputation.
We are grateful for his contribution to our national development.
May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

Matthew Wilson


I didn’t have a great deal of interaction with former Prime Minister Owen Arthur although I was privileged enough to have worked at the Foreign Ministry of Barbados in his administration and had the pleasure of meeting him in Geneva a few times. And until recently I was supporting the ‘Arthur Commission’ to hell prepare Barbados for UNCTAD 15 and had the honor to hear him wax lyrically about his incredibly rich experiences. My work in the WTO on small economies was inspired by his passion for fairness of treatment of small island developing countries. He made us all proud to represent Barbados because he so ably and convincingly represented Barbados on the global stage. There is no discussion about small island states or small vulnerable economies or notions of fairness between nations, that will not reference some of the pioneering work and advocacy of Prime Minister Arthur.

He helped influence my career- as he did many others of my generation- without even knowing it. My main interaction happened when I was 21 years ago as a young officer at the Ministry preparing his brief for his attendance at the UN general assembly. During that interaction including a face to face discussion on the need to be more strategic in what we gave to him, he taught me the following:
1. Always deliver perspective, strategy, and value added
2. Your value at work- supporting or leading- is not about regurgitation or pretty words- It is about the value added. It is about trusting yourself to know that you have a voice and a perspective that is worth sharing.
3 There is no value in scribing what anyone can read in a book or an article- it is about sharing that thing that no one has access to unless you give them permission: your thoughts, analysis, value added and judgement.

He taught me that 20+ years ago and I never forget it. Thank you Prime Minister Arthur. And thank you for sharing with the international trade and development community, your wisdom, passion and drive.’

Sudarmo Toby

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Born in St. Peter, Barbados but known as a true Caribbean Statesman. During my journey at Cavehill, I got to learn so much about this man and his legacy. A great soul and a man of the people has departed from us. RIP Owen Seymour Arthur.

Jeffery Bostic


I am deeply saddened by the news of our former prime minister. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and the people of Barbados. We have lost a great son of the soil.

Fabian Branch


May his soul rest in peace and may his family be buttressed by the prayers of all Barbadians as I ask you, wherever you are, to uplift his family in prayer and to reflect on the manner in which he positively contributed to the life of our nation.