Central Bank Governor Dr DeLisle Worrell says the Caribbean Economic Forum held last night signals a rebranding of the region as a centre of excellence.
The event, hosted by the Central Bank of Barbados and featuring distinguished visiting fellow, and director mmeritus of the Washington-based Peterson Institute, Dr Fred Bergsten, as the speaker attracted journalists from across the region, Barbadian business leaders, economists and professionals, and was simultaneously broadcast across the Caribbean, while seen in other parts of the world through the Internet.
“This forum is secondly, another testament to the emergence and enrichment of the Caribbean nation,” Worrell said. “That nation is alive and well in our financial institutions, in our secondary and tertiary education. In music, sports and the festival arts, in the diffusion of our many cuisines across the region, and in the growing integration of our people in the region and in the Diaspora.”
Announcing that this inaugural forum would be periodically repeated, he said: “We are aiming to make this programme the equivalent in content and professional value of the internationally renowned broadcasters we pattern
Moderated by Barbadian and regional communications specialist Julian Rogers, who led off the questioning of Bergsten, the forum discussions spanned a range of topics on economics affecting, the world at large and the Caribbean. Correspondingly, questions were fielded from Barbados, throughout the Caribbean, and as far as the Philippines.
“This programme is outstanding in many ways,” Worrell said at its conclusion.
“It features one of the leading economic entrepreneurs of our time, someone who has used the power of ideas to influence policy for the better in the US and the leading countries of the world.”
Bergsten, the first visiting fellow of the Central Bank, is founder of the Peterson Institute which he directed for 30 years, and Worrell revealed that the internationally recognised economist had also influenced the policies of the IMF and other international institutions.
“It has been a signal privilege for us all to benefit from Dr Bergsten’s views and insight, born of his involvement in the world economy at the highest level for more than 40 years.”