Caribbean Political Economy

T&T-Eastern Caribbean Integration Task Force Report

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Ministry Of Foreign Affairs , Trinidad And Tobago. The Establishment Of A Single Economy And Appropriate Political Integration Between Trinidad & Tobago And Eastern Caribbean States

On August 14, 2008 the Heads of Government of Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines signed a Joint Declaration on Collaboration towards the Achievement of the Single Economy and Political Integration among Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

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Governing Our Caribbean Region, Vaughan Lewis

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Cedric Grant Memorial Lecture Delivered in Georgetown, Guyana, January 28, 2008

Caricom’s institutional presence and visibility in dynamic global environments, including,   demonstration of our ability to articulate collectively-determined responses based on the assurance of legal capabilities for ensuring implementation- effectiveness, does not yet have the credibility that is required.,  ,   A rearrangement of the institutional systems that play diverse roles on Caricom’s behalf, in international negotiations, is now necessary – implying an integrated governance system for effectiveness, as well as from the point of view of parsimony of institutional arrangements in a small region…

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The West Indies Federation: Its Life and End, Vaughan Lewis

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The failure of the Federation and of the Little Eight attempt, has, over the years,  ,  ,  ,  ,  ,  ,  ,  ,  ,   continued,   to hang like a shadow over successive efforts at what today, following the jargon of the academics, we call ” political integration” in the English-speaking Caribbean. The federal effort has allowed detractors of subsequent efforts of integration to instantly advise that, most of all, the inclination of leaders to accumulate, and hold a tight grip on the reigns of power and control in the separate jurisdictions, ipso facto, preordains failure, whatever the nice-sounding and persuasive verbal pronouncements of the actors….


Political Leadership and Caribbean Integration, by Vaughan Lewis

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June 2008

In the late 1980′s into the 90′s, an extensive consultation was held, on what was referred to as the OECS Unity Initiative towards political integration of a number of Eastern Caribbean states… The Initiative died an unnoticed death…A similar fate befell the Report of the West Indian Commission, Time for action, prepared after extensive consultations with the public (and) most recently, the Report of the Technical Working Group on Governance…

Why do these,  situations of Heads of Governments’ highly public announcements of initiatives, then rejection of recommendations, or hesitations in pursuit of decisions relating to paths towards enhancement of the integration process, recur so often?…


What Purposes for Caribbean Integration? by Vaughan Lewis

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Third Distinguished Lecture in a series in honour of Sir Arthur Lewis, the English-speaking Caribbean’s first Nobel Laureate. Vaughan Lewis is Professor at the UWI Institute of International Relations, St. Augustine, Trinidad.

Arthur Lewis can be said to have been a child of the integration movement…His very early writings all sought to deal with the West Indies (the British West Indies) as a whole, and he devoted, as is well known, a substantial portion of his life to writing about, and working in connection with, the possibilities for integration, or closer union, of these islands…