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UWI to host COTE 2010

For Release Upon Receipt - July 21, 2010

St. Augustine

The Department of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences at The University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine Campus, is preparing to host its annual Conference on the Economy (COTE 2010) from October 7th to 9th, 2010, at the Learning Resource Centre, UWI, St Augustine Campus, Trinidad. COTE 2010 is open to decision makers, policy makers, technocrats, private sector representatives, academics, students and members of the general public.

This year's conference, which pays tribute to Dr. Roy Thomas, a former Lecturer and Head of Department of Economics, continues in the vein of the Department's three previous conferences.  The Theme of this year's conference, "Economic Policy Formation and Program Implementation in the Context of the Caribbean Reality", would concentrate on the sub-themes of diversification, labour and human capital development, environmental, gender and governance issues. The conference aims to provide policy solutions based on sustainable economics and develop, out of discussions and application, an appropriate Caribbean Model for Economic Development.

Professor Compton Bourne, former Principal of The UWI St Augustine Campus, and current President of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), will be the key speaker. Among the specially invited guests are Winston Dookeran, Minister of Finance; Carolyn Seepersad Bachan, Minister of Energy and Energy Affairs; Errol Mc Leod, Minister of Labour and Small and Micro-Enterprises Development, Senator Lester Henry, Senator Patrick Watson; and Professor Kari Levitt, Emerita Professor of Economics, McGill University, Canada.

This year, the conference will include a Business Forum on October 7th from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Centre for Health Economics, Warner Street, St Augustine. Themed “Required Policy Framework for Diversification”, the forum will include an Oil and Gas panel and a Business Sector Response panel.

To find out more, please visit, or contact Mr. Joel Jordan, Administrative Assistant, Department of Economics, UWI St. Augustine, at or, or (868) 662-2002 ext. 3231, or 662-6555 (Fax).

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