Passing of Professor The Right Honourable Owen Seymour Arthur, Former Prime Minister of Barbados

The CARICOM Development Fund (CDF) Remembers a Champion of Integration

Remembering An Architect of Integration

Late Prime Minister of Barbados, Professor the Right Honourable Owen Arthur, was an infectious no-nonsense person who had a reputation for reading everything placed before him, and therefore an unmatched ability to ensure that whatever technical advice he received was factual and accurate. This alone may have separated him from many other leaders and was a key characteristic that allowed him, like the previous generation of integrationists, to reflect incisively on the gaps in the integration project in the context of the changing world economy, and to lead in conceiving a refreshed vision for CARICOM. The late Prime Minister thought in structural functionalist terms and was at the forefront in the revision of the Treaty of Chaguaramas establishing the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). (Read More)

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