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Jan 15, 2013

Regional Integration and Economic Growth lecture held at UWI and UB

Victor Bulmer-Thomas

The economies of Belize and other countries in the region have been in the forefront of discussions in recent years, as global realities have forced governments to adjust, adapt or face economic devastation. In Belize the situation is no different, and the future economic story of our nation is by no means written in stone. In the country today to offer input on where exactly we fit into the regional landscape and recommendations on where we’re going as a nation is Dr. Victor Bulwer-Thomas, a Professor and International Studies Expert. He is accompanied by his wife, Barbara Bulmer-Thomas, and both will be offering a lecture series which is open to the public.

 

Dr. Victor Bulmer-Thomas, International Relations Expert

“Belize is in sort of a low level equilibrium trap in terms of its growth prospects. And what Belize needs is some kind of a way of opening up new opportunities and new avenues and both the talk that my wife will be giving on bio-prospecting and the talk that I am giving about regional integration, I think our opening new avenues to improve the quantity and quality of investments in Belize and therefore the future growth rates and I would have thought that that is something that the government would be very interested in. It’s a time when Belize senses that something has to change and that’s true—both at the government level and the private sector level—because the situation is a tricky one in terms of the growth prospects, employment prospects and so on. And it is not obvious where that change is going to come from. So by throwing out some new ideas, we hope that we can make a contribution.”

 

Victor Bulmer-Thomas and his wife are renowned in the region for their expertise, and last year co-wrote a book called the Economic History of Belize. Some of the ideas in that book will be expanded on during the lectures and he claims that at this particular time, those ideas are absolutely pertinent.

 

Dr. Victor Bulmer-Thomas

“I’ve been working on this topic, one way or another, for forty-five years every since I was a teacher here in the 1960s. But I think what’s brought it to a head is the crisis in Caribbean Integration and in CARICOM which is forcing many countries—not just Belize—to look at other options. And other countries are beginning to explore, with some success, ways of integrating with their neighbors. Guyana is doing it with Venezuela and Brazil; St. Kitts is doing it with Brazil. For Belize, the logical way of doing it is with Mexico on one hand and with Central American on the other. There’s also some problems and difficulties but this is a time to take bold decisions.”

 

At this time, Barbara Bulmer-Thomas is delivering her lecture on Plants and People: The Belize Botanic Situation and Bioprospecting at the UWI Campus Open Lecture hall in Belize City. So if you have time, head out there. Dr. Victor Bulmer-Thomas will present on Belize, Central America and the Caribbean: Past, Present and Future. His lecture will be at the UB Campus Auditorium in Belmopan on Wednesday at two p.m.

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1 Response for “Regional Integration and Economic Growth lecture held at UWI and UB”

  1. Ricky Malthus says:

    The total concept of CARICOM is based on totally false economic and social assumptions. First of all, it is based on the idea that once enslaved peoples must band together to get their piece of the regional economic pie. This is a good idea but the leaders of these countries place too much emphasis on black domination, an inherent form of reverse black racism. The discipline of ECONOMICS has no form or allowed to have any forms of racism or ethnic cleansing anywhere on this planet and this epitomizes CARICOM. In the case of Belize, the management and sovereignty of the country have been surrendered to the incapable, incompetent, insolvent hands of a Caribbean regime seeking funding from the very ex-colonial masters they so abhor. We Belizeans must make our decisions to govern ourselves in the most efficient manner and seek the best finance , the best technologies, and the best management sciences from the best sources in the world. And the countries of the Caribbean (CARICOM) are surely not efficient.

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