October 2017

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This year, the Conference of the Economy (COTE), is being held under the theme “Trade and Caribbean Development Nexus” and honours Sir Alister McIntyre a distinguished scholar, an ambassador and advocate, both regionally and internationally, for integrated and export competitive Caribbean economies.

Sir Alister recognized the role of integration, trade in goods and services and poverty eradication to achieve sustainable development, which laid the foundation for his work and career. He was known as a venerable Caribbean integrationist and, as a practitioner, piloted the movement for integration as Secretary-General of Caricom 1974-1977. He served at The UWI in many capacities, including as Vice-Chancellor from September 1988-September1998.

Conference presentations will be organised along five subthemes:

  1. Regional Human Resource Development
  2. Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and Financial Development – A Regional Assessment
  3. Economic Integration in the Caribbean: Can it Work?
  4. Issues in Caribbean Development
  5. Export Led Growth

In his book “The Caribbean and the Wider World,” Sir Alister provided commentaries on his life and career, spanning his upbringing in his home country of Grenada to his role in the development of The UWI. His career, which focuses on Caribbean and global developments, was attributed to his drive to overcome many challenges and build capacity in himself and by extension the Caribbean region.

For the younger generation, Sir Alister has provided historical perspective on the development process in the Caribbean.

Roxanne Brizan-St. Martin is an Instructor with the Department of Economics, The UWI St. Augustine Campus