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UWI hosts Conference on Economy 2011

For Release Upon Receipt - October 5, 2011

St. Augustine

The Department of Economics, The University of the West Indies, will host its annual Conference on the Economy (COTE) from October 6-8, 2011 at the Learning Resource Centre (LRC) Auditorium, UWI. COTE 2011 is open to decision makers, policy makers, technocrats, private sector representatives, academics, students and members of the general public.

COTE is an annual landmark event of the Department through which findings from quality research and other studies are presented to inform economic and social policy. This year’s theme, “Managing for Development in a Volatile Economic Environment: Addressing the Challenges before us”, will focus on the challenges facing regional economies through the prolonged volatile economic environment. Sub-themes of the conference include: Macroeconomics Challenges and Policy Prescriptions; Agriculture Opportunities and Challenges; Issues in Labour Economics; Trade & ICT Opportunities; Tourism and Aviation Challenges and Opportunities; Resource & Environmental Economics Issues (Disaster Preparedness); Energy Challenges and Policy Prescriptions; and Issues in Financial Economics to name a few.

This year’s conference, pays tribute to Dr. Eric St. Cyr, former Lecturer and Head of the Department of Economics, UWI. Dr. St. Cyr’s contributions to the world of Economics are broad and far reaching in scope; he has contributed twenty-four (24) academic publications to the field of economics. These include; “Some Fundamentals in the Theory of Caribbean Economy,” which was part of Prof. Dennis Pantin’s book, “The Caribbean Economy”; and “Economic Policy and Management Choices- A Contemporary History of Trinidad and Tobago”, which was co-authored with Lloyd Best. In 1991, Dr. St. Cyr also acted as a team member advising the Government of Grenada on Public Finances. His experience as a consultant has seen him become a part of a large number of projects with tremendous macroeconomic implications in the Caribbean.

For further information on COTE 2011, visit the conference website at or call (868) 662-2002 ext. 83231.

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About UWI

Over the last six decades, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged University with over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest and most longstanding higher education provider in the English-speaking Caribbean, with main campuses in Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, and Centres in Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, The Bahamas, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Christopher (St Kitts) & Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent & the Grenadines. UWI recently launched its Open Campus, a virtual campus with over 50 physical site locations across the region, serving over 20 countries in the English-speaking Caribbean. UWI is an international university with faculty and students from over 40 countries and collaborative links with over 60 universities around the world. Through its seven Faculties, UWI offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Pure & Applied Sciences, Science and Agriculture, and Social Sciences.

(Please note that the registered name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)