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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, July 30, 2014
KINGSTON---The High Commission for T&T
in Jamaica in association with the International
Seabed Authority (ISA) unveiled a monument
in honour of the late Lennox Fitzroy Ballah,
T&T jurist and former judge at the International
Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, at the High
Commission in Kingston.
The ISA is celebrating its 20th anniversary this
Ballah, who served T&T in several fields of
national endeavour, was instrumental in the devel-
opment of the new corpus of the Law of the Sea
at the United Nations (1967-1982).
Ballah is accredited as being one of the architects
of the new public order for the oceans which
came into force with the signing of the 1982
United Nations Montego Bay Convention of the
Law of the Sea, an accolade which earned him
a seat on the bench of the International Tribunal
for the Law of the Sea located in Hamburg, Ger-
many, which he served with distinction.
Among persons paying tribute to Ballah ahead
of the unveiling of a monument in his honour
were ISA representatives Eden Charles, Ambas-
sador and Deputy Permanent Representative of
T&T to the United Nations; Nii Odunton, Secretary
General, ISA; Satya Nandan (Fiji); TTB Koh (Sin-
gapore); President of the Council, Tommo Monthe
(Cameroon) and President of the Assembly, Anto-
nio DaCosta Silva (Brazil).
The monument was unveiled by Rev Dr Iva
Gloudon, High Commissioner of T&T to Jamaica;
Nii Odunton, the late Judge Ballah s daughter,
Lennon Ballah Lashley and her son, Shawn Lashley.
Over 150 delegates from across the world attend-
ed the unveiling.
First Lady of Japan, Akie Abe, paid a
courtesy call to Pro Vice-Chancellor and
Campus Principal of The University of
the West Indies (UWI) St. Augustine,
Professor Clement Sankat on Monday.
She was accompanied by Chizuru Tezu-
ka, wife of Japanese Ambassador to T&T
and Shirley Dookeran, wife of the Minister
of Foreign Affairs. The visit was hosted at
the Main Salon, Office of the Campus
As part of the visit, the First Lady made
a book donation to the campus. Called
The Akie Collection, the books are a com-
pilation of books for Japanese language
learning on the environment, Japanese
culture and the Japanese automobile indus-
try, written in Japanese and English.
The campus principal used the occasion
to recognise the importance of her visit
during this historic first visit of a Japanese
head of state to the Caribbean. Professor
Sankat also indicated a keen interest from
UWI to collaborate with Japan and Japanese
higher education institutions and
announced that in September, a Japanese
research team in Agricultural Technology
from Yamaguchi University will visit the
He made reference to the longstanding
friendship of Japan and the Caribbean
during this Japan-Caricom Friendship Year
2014, adding that two decades would have
passed by since the first Japan-Caricom
Consultation was held in 1993.
The year of 2014 has been designated
as the Japan-Caricom Friendship Year to
enhance that relationship in diverse fields
such as culture, trade and tourism.
Throughout the year of 2014, commem-
orative events will be held in Japan and
Caricom member countries.
During her visit, Mrs Abe was given the
opportunity to interact with students par-
ticipating in the UWI Japanese language
course and was treated to a musical pres-
entation by the UWI Steel Ensemble of the
Department of Creative and Festival Arts.
She also viewed a display from The
UWI s Cocoa Research Centre, which
houses the international cocoa gene bank
and produces its very own special chocolate
from this unique collection of cocoa. Mrs.
Abe s father was the CEO of one of Japan s
leading confectionary companies which
sells, among other items, chocolates.
The First Lady was also presented with
the book, Trinidad and Tobago: Terrific
and Tranquil Golden Jubilee Edition (1962-
2012), which captures the significant and
interesting history of The UWI St Augus-
Ballah lauded for
contribution to ISA
Japan's First Lady donates
book collection to UWI
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