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UWI Lecturer appointed Chairman of CARICOM Commission

For Release Upon Receipt - January 25, 2008

St. Augustine

Dr. Kusha Haraksingh, Head of the Department of History, The University of the West Indies (UWI) St. Augustine, has been sworn in as Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Competition Commission. The Commission’s main role is to apply the rules of competition, promote and protect competition, co-ordinate the implementation of Competition Policy, and monitor anti-competitive business conduct.

Dr. Haraksingh took the oath of office which was administered by the Chairman of the Regional Judicial and Legal Services Commission, the honourable Mr. Justice Michael de la Bastide at the Commission’s headquarters in Paramaribo, Suriname on Friday 18th January, 2008. The swearing-in ceremony attracted a host of dignitaries among who were The President of the Republic of Suriname, His Excellency Drs Runaldo Venetiaan and CARICOM Secretary-General His Excellency Edwin Carrington.

Dr. Haraksingh, an economist and historian, holds a BA in History, an LLB from the University of London and a PhD in Economic History. He has served as the Lead Negotiator for Legal and Institutional Issues during the recently concluded negotiations between the Caribbean Forum of African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States (CARIFORUM) and the European Union for an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). Dr. Haraksingh is also the Lead Consultant, Sugar Association of the Caribbean and an Associate Fellow of the Institute of International Relations, UWI.