"His passion for the Caribbean cradled the Central American
State of Belize into the arms of the Community" - words
of introduction in the citation given for the Rt. Honourable
George Cadle Price, "Father of the Nation" of Belize
and OCC Awardee of 2001.
The political record of this great statesman dates back to CARIFTA,
the precursor of the Caribbean Community.
Fuelled by a deep desire for the incorporation of Belize into
the wider southern geo-political hemisphere, he united with
the Caribbean leaders who advocated for the establishment of
CARIFTA joining the league of founding fathers of this institution.
Like many of the political stalwarts of his time, George
Price was the pillar of his nation's political liberation,
clearing its path to political independence in 1981.
His political career revolved around a multiplicity
of roles as founding member of the People's United Party
in 1950, Mayor of Belize City from 1958-1962, Member
of the Legislative Assembly 1956-1956, First Premier
and Prime Minister of Belize, and as Senior Minister