UWI Vice Chancellor Says Caribbean in Need of Special, Urgent Attention

Sir Hilary Beckles, Chairman of the CARICOM Reparations Commission and Vice-chancellor of the University of the West Indies

(Barbados Today) Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI) wants a multi-billion-dollar fund established by countries that milked the Caribbean for centuries and then abandoned the region in a state of under-development.

UWI Professor Sir Hilary Beckles said the region’s underdevelopment, caused in no small part by the impact of colonialism, has made tackling the triple crises of COVID-19, the effects of climate change and the ravages of non-communicable diseases, even more difficult.

Sir Hilary made the comments Thursday during the virtual 28th session of the Caribbean Development and Cooperation Committee (CDCC) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).

Describing the current situation as a “cocktail of disasters”, the UWI chief insisted ECLAC had a moral and ethical duty to promote the Caribbean’s well-articulated case for reparations through a $50 billion-dollar development fund. He contended that this would represent only a fraction of the wealth that had been taken from the Caribbean, but whose populations have never been compensated by their colonial masters.

Read more at: Barbados Today

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