Sir James Mitchell

Sir James Mitchell

Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 1984-2000

Date and place of birth:

15th May 1931, in Bequia, St Vincent & the Grenadines


  • Bequia Primary School
  • St Vincent Grammar School
  • Imperial College of Tropical Agriculture (Trinidad)
  • University of British Columbia (Canada)

Degrees: BSc, DICTA

Professional experience and political career:

Agronomist, Agricultural Research Officer, St Lucia and St Vincent 1957-1961

U.K. Science Teacher 1962-1964. Editor of Scientific Journal (PANS) London 1964-1965

Member of Parliament for the Grenadines 1966-2001, elections won as MP 1966, 1967, 1972,1974, 1980, 1989, 1992 and 1997

Political offices held:  

Minister of Trade,  Agriculture, Labour, Tourism, Finance, Foreign Affairs, National Security Opposition Parliamentarian 1975-1984

Premier 1972-1974

Senior Minister 2000-2001

Founder of New Democratic Party (President 1975-2000)

Chairman of Caribbean Democratic Union, Caribbean Community, Organisation of East Caribbean States, East Caribbean Monetary Council, Lead Negotiator for the Caribbean on Bananas with the European Union, United States and Latin America

Business: Chairman, Hotel Frangipani Ltd, Plumeria Investments Ltd, Quatre Isle Resort Ltd

Former Director, Mustique Company

Privy Councillor (UK), 1988