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Conference on the Economy 2020

WELCOME

 

The Conference on the Economy (COTE) is an annual landmark event of the Department of Economics at which findings from quality research by academic staff, students and other collaborators are presented to inform stakeholders on economic and social policy issues. This year’s conference examines the COVID-19 pandemic which has brought to light the additional vulnerabilities of Caribbean economies. The pandemic, however presents an opportunity to develop more inclusive, resilient and sustainable Caribbean economies.

This year’s conference is scheduled for November  25 – 27, 2020 via Zoom and examines the theme “Crisis is Opportunity” COVID-19 the Way Forward.  

Conference presentations will be organised along the following sub-themes/ Sectors:

  • Education
  • Agriculture
  • Energy
  • Digitization/ Innovation
  • Arts and Culture  
  • Manufacturing Sector

 

PROGRAMME 

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DAY 1

WEDNESDAY 25TH NOVEMBER 2020

1:00pm – 1:11pm

OPENING REMARKS

Chair-  Dr. Daren Conrad  

 

Welcome – Dr. Daren Conrad, Head,  Department of Economics 

Greetings – Dr. Acolla Lewis - Cameron, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences

 1:12pm – 2:19pm

SESSION 1: Macro Economic Profile & Response

Chair – Dr. Lester Henry

 

Dr. Roger Hosein – Senior Lecturer, UWI St Augustine

Dr. Dalano Dasouza - Lecturer, UWI Cavehill

Dr. Alrick Campbell – Lecturer, UWI Mona

Ms. Tracy Polius – Chief Director Policy, Eastern Caribbean Central Bank

Discussion

 2:20pm – 3:27pm

SESSION 2: Sectors Response to COVID-19

Chair –Mr. Gregory Mc Guire

 

Mr. Claudelle Mc Kellar  – Permanent Secretary, Ministry  Public Administration and Digital Transformation

Dr. Lystra Fletcher-Paul – Lecturer, UWI St Augustine 

Dr. Stewart Smith - Senior Health Systems Advisor, Ministry of Health

Dr. Kiron C. Neale - EiE Lead Assessor, Oxford Brookes University

Discussion

3:28pm – 3:32pm

Video Abstract – Socioeconomic determinants of Co-morbidity among the elderly population in Trinidad and Tobago: COVID -19 – Althea La Foucade, Gershwin Davis, Nelleen Baboolal, Don Bethelmie, Christine Laptiste, Haleema Ali – Sisbane and Karl Theodore

3:33pm – 3:37pm

Video Abstract – The increased incidence of Domestic Violence linked to Mental Health Conditions during COVID -19- The Case of Trinidad and Tobago - Varma Deyalsingh, Althea La Foucade,  Christine Laptiste, Haleema Ali – Sisbane and Vyjanti Beharry 

CLOSE OF DAY 1

DAY 2

THURSDAY 26TH NOVEMBER 2020

1:00pm – 1:05pm

Chair: Mr. Roger Mc Lean, Research Fellow, HEU, Centre for Health Economics, UWI St Augustine

RECAP OF DAY 1

1:06pm – 2:13pm

SESSION 3: Not Business as Usual – A View from the Region

Chair – Mrs. Angela Lee Loy 

 

Mr. Ian John – CEO,  Massy Technology InfoCom

Ms. Lisa Soares Lewis – CEO, Great People Solutions

Mr. Cuthbert Didier - Tourism, Maritime and Financial Analysis Expert

Discussion

2:14pm – 3:18pm

SESSION 4: ARMCHAIR- Arts & Culture. Possibilities for Pivoting?. Policy and Practice.

Chair: Dr. Jo-Anne Tull

 

Dr. Deborah Hickling Gordon, Lecturer, UWI Mona  

Mr. Herric Horne – CEO, Island Network

Mr. Jules Sobion – Commander in Chief, Caesar’s Army

Discussion

CLOSE OF DAY 2

DAY 3

FRIDAY 27th NOVEMBER 2020

1:00pm – 1:05pm

Chair: Dr. Henry Bailey, Lecturer, UWI St Augustine

RECAP OF DAY 2

1:06pm – 2:13pm

SESSION 5: YOUTH ARMCHAIR -

Chair – Dr. Roxanne Brizan – St. Martin

 

Mr. Mikol Mortley – Graduate Student,  UWI Mona –Macroeconomic Perspective

Mr. Jermie Monrose- Graduate Student, UWI St Augustine - Tourism

Mr. Jaron Boyce– Graduate Student, UWI Cavehill – Agriculture

Mr. Darion Narine – Graduate Student , UWI St Augustine – Creative Sector

Discussion    

2:16pm – 3:22pm

SESSION 6: ARMCHAIR - WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE

Chair: Dr. Daren Conrad

 

Mr. Gregory McGuire - Managing Director, VSL Consultants Ltd

Mrs. Angela Lee Loy – Chairman, Aegis Business Solutions Limited

Dr. Jo-Anne Tull- Lecturer, UWI St Augustine 

Dr. Roxanne Brizan – St. Martin, Instructor, UWI St Augustine  

Discussion

3:23pm – 3:25pm

VOTE OF THANKS- Dr. Daren Conrad, Head Department of Economics, UWI St Augustine

END OF CONFERENCE

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YOUTH EVENTS

The COTE Activities are a major feature of the Conference on the Economy (COTE), is used to engage secondary and tertiary students on issues of economic importance, allowing them to both identify the challenges and opportunities for development. 

COTE Youth Activities comprise of a Youth Armchair discussion which was scheduled for 29th October 2020 and Youth Debate Competition which is scheduled for the 12th November 2020. To register to attend the Finals for the Debate Competition please click the below advertisement. 

CONTACT US 

For more information on COTE kindly contact the secretariat at:

Tel: (868)-662-2002 ext 83231, 82018, 82257

Fax: (868)-662 6555

Email:cote@sta.uwi.edu

Mailing Address: Conference on the Economy, Department of Economics, UWI, St Augustine

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