Caribbean leaders urged to speak with one voice at Trinidad summit
By Oscar Ramjeet
Caribbean Net News Special Correspondent
KINGSTON, Jamaica: A distinguished panelist from the Roxborough Institute has issued a call for Caribbean leaders to speak with one voice at next month’s Summit of the Americas in Port of Spain, Trinidad, which will be attended by US President Barack Obama.
The Jamaica Observer reported that the "think tank" dialogue of highly qualified panelists discussed the approach the leaders should take, and noted that City University of New York Professor Don Robotham said it was imperative that developing countries form an alliance to forge their way out of the current economic crisis.
“It would be very foolhardy to think that an economic crisis of the depth and duration could only have economic consequences, it has very profound political implications. The political implications are extraordinarily serious," the professor said.
The Director of the Caribbean Policy Research Institute, John Rapley, said that the time was ripe for public intellectuals to gather and said that the Summit must be used to articulate a regional message.
Panelist, financial analyst Keith Collister, said that in four decades Jamaica failed to grow the productive sector, and called for a diversification of the economy in order to become self-reliant.