Alva Romanus Baptiste assumed the post of Minister for External Affairs, International Trade and Civil Aviation when the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) was elected into office following the November 2011 general elections. He also serves as Second Deputy Political Leader to the SLP.
Born in Laborie, Saint Lucia on March 20, 1967, he demonstrated from an early age a desire to serve and contribute to public welfare becoming a youth leader, community and trade union activist and a humanitarian. Minister Baptiste became a devoted and prolific member of organisations like the Saint Lucia National Youth Council’s and was the founding president of the Saint Lucia Labour Party Youth Organization. His leadership experiences combined with his political involvement saw him through to a victorious first-time bid as Parliamentary Representative for his home constituency of Laborie 2006 to 2011.
Immediately prior to entering active politics, Minister Baptiste served as the Civil Aviation Officer in the Ministry of External Affairs, International Trade and Civil Aviation. He attended the Vieux-Fort Comprehensive Secondary School and subsequently the Transport Canada Training Institute where, in both cases, he graduated as valedictorian. He later pursued a Bachelor’s Degree in Aviation Business Administration from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida graduating with first class honours (summa cum laude). Via a British Chevening Scholarship he further obtained a Master’s Degree in Air Transport Management.
Minister Baptiste has a passion for infrastructural development, transport, poverty alleviation and sustainable human development. As Minister for External Affairs, International Trade and Civil Aviation he encourages, initiates and executes measures geared towards the sustainable development and growth of the nation and its people.