Shifting the Frontiers: An Action Framework for the Future of the Caribbean

Shifting the Frontiers: An Action Framework for the Future of the Caribbean


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Shifting the Frontiers: An Action Framework for the Future of the Caribbean by Winston Dookeran

The Caribbean integration process is evolving in new and exciting ways but that process requires action on the part of regional governments to give substance to what has been in the minds and hearts of Caribbean people for a very long time.

The setting for Caribbean people to press their demand for less talk and more action from their leaders was provided at a Forum on the future of the Caribbean calling for ‘disruptive thinking, bold action and practical outcomes’. It was held in Trinidad in 2015 and jointly hosted by The University of the West Indies and the government of Trinidad and Tobago. The forum’s agenda was carefully designed to capture the ambitions of the Caribbean people, embrace Caribbean convergence, tackle poverty and inequality, find innovative financing solutions and shape a new global compact through diplomacy.

This book is a distillation of the action agenda presented at the forum by heads of governments and their ministers, industry professionals, representatives of international and regional organizations, academics, young professionals and significantly, youth leaders. Its thirteen chapters, divided into four sections address issues of concern for the common citizen:

? air and sea transport to facilitate movement of people and goods throughout the region;

? energy to reduce high costs and provide incentives for the development of regional energy networks;

? finance to facilitate market-making mechanisms that connect financial markets in the region;

? food security to facilitate trading within countries of the region.

The conclusions presented in these pages are clear; action requires modernizing institutions in CARICOM and addressing its governance shortcomings. The new action framework must provide incentives for more dynamic decision-making processes leading to real integration within CARICOM, the broader Caribbean and even countries in Central and South America. The main message from the people and of this book is not about what to do, it is about doing – a responsibility that falls on all Caribbean citizens and their governments.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789766379377
Publisher: Ian Randle Publishers
Publication date: 08/04/2016
Pages: 378
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.78(d)

About the Author

Winston Dookeran is a former cabinet minister in the government of Trinidad and Tobago serving in the posts of Minister of Finance as well as Planning and latterly as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2010 to 2015. His public service career also includes a stint as Governor of the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago. Mr. Dookeran was a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for International Affairs at Harvard University, and a Visiting Scholar at the World Institute for Development Economics Research of the United Nations University. He served as the Senior Economist at the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean and as a lecturer at the University of the West Indies Department of Economics. Mr. Dookeran's recent books are focused on Caribbean issues, and include Power, Politics and Performance: A Partnership Approach for the Development and Leadership and Governance in Small States: Getting Development Right. He is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science and the recipient of an honorary doctorate from the University of Manitoba

Dr. Carlos Elias has more than 20 years experience working in international development, mostly in the Caribbean. He provides consulting services to several multilateral institutions and previously worked on staff at the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank. Dr. Elias specializes in economic development with an emphasis on the selection of investment priorities at the national and sub-national levels, which requires expertise in macroeconomic analysis, analysis of private sector issues, and experience in evaluation of programs and projects using cost benefit analysis and other methodologies. Dr. Elias also teaches economics at Radford University and is a Senior Research Associate at Virginia Technical Institute.

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