Speech delivered at the 28th Annual Conference of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of the Caribbean (ICAC) on June 25th, 2010. Owen Arthur was Prime Minister of Barbados from 1994 to 2008.
This presentation is intended to direct attention, deliberately so, to one matter which ought to be at the centre of public discourse, but which has lacked the focus it merits. It has to do with the response of the international financial institutions to the plight that our region has faced as a result of the global economic crisis…
Lecture to the Young Economists Association, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, February 25, 2010
I suppose that one of the requirements to be a former Prime Minister is that you should be seldom seen, and seldom heard. I fully intend to meet those requirements. Sometimes, however, there will be developments in our public affairs about which it will be difficult to speak, but impossible to remain silent...
Presentation at Rotary World Understanding Day Dinner, Guyana, February 27, 2009
The response of the Caribbean to the enormous challenge with which it is confronted as a result of the dangerous instability in the global economy will very much determine whether that outcome becomes the region’s destiny…
Presentation at the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) Chairman’s Club Forum, Jamaica, February 3, 2009
When Caribbean Heads of Government met in Georgetown, 7th December, 2007 to give a mandate to our negotiators to conclude a new Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union, we did so conscious of the historical significance of the moment, but even more conscious of our obligations to this, and to future generations.. More
Presentation at Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) Retreat, Barbados, December 15, 2008
All of the matters on which I address you today concerning the Caribbean’s relationship with Canada â€“ some of which are complex and will be difficult to resolve â€“ would be only of moot significance had the proposal, made in the 19th century, to constitute Canada and the Caribbean as a political and economic union, been put into effect…
Presentation at the 35th Annual General Meeting of the Caribbean Association of Indigenous Banks, Barbados, November 18, 2008
The forging of new strategic alliances between the respective indigenous banks of the Caribbean will constitute an important element of the Single Caribbean Economy which is still worth our while to bring into existence… we have to stop doubting ourselves, and stop underestimating what we are capable of achieving in the Caribbean…
Public Lecture delivered at UWI, Cave Hill, Barbados on March 11, 2008
The decision made by Heads of Government to give a mandate for the conclusion of a comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement with the European Community culminated the most complex and far-reaching process of negotiations, consultations and dialogue undertaken in this region, save and except for that associated with the Federation of the British West Indies…