UWI experts called on to map post COVID-19 recovery

Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, the Honourable Dr. Keith Rowley, has called on experts from The UWI to join a Cabinet-appointed 'Post COVID-19 Road Map to Recovery' team. The team which was recently announced, has sole responsibility for compiling a draft national post COVID-19 road map by April 30 and submit a complete proposal by May 31.

Prime Minister Rowley, a UWI alumnus and former geologist at The UWI Seismic Research Centre, chairs the 22-member team. It comprises current and former ministers of finance, captains of industry, financial experts in the banking sector, as well as leaders in the trade union movement and civil society. The membership bears strong connection with The UWI, including Chancellor Robert Bermudez; Professors of Practice Gerry Brooks (co-Chair) and Winston Dookeran, along with Karl Theodore, Professor Emeritus and Director of the Centre for Health Economics; and other distinguished alumni and current and former adjunct members of staff.

Chancellor Bermudez expressed, “I am pleased to be able to serve and contribute towards what needs to be a national effort to repair the damage done to the economy and alleviate the hardships being experienced by so many.”

Commenting on the announcement, Vice-Chancellor of The UWI, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles said, “My views are in full support of Prime Minister Rowley's thesis to CARICOM, himself a UWI trained scientist, that in pursuit of post COVID-19 development we must be guided first and foremost by the science of the circumstance.” He added, “This is a crisis like no other. It demands an economically-sound and socially-just strategy rooted in science and data propelled by the solidarity of regional unity. Universities are built and resourced to serve their communities and nations, so times like these draw precisely on our academy's purpose as we focus on the sustainability of our Caribbean economies and people. Dr. Rowley, just like all our regional leaders, has The UWI's full support. We are here to serve.”

In Barbados, the Jobs and Investment Council has been established by Prime Minister the Honourable Mia Amor Mottley, and several members of staff of The UWI Cave Hill campus are serving on its eight committees preparing a guide for the survival and transformation of Barbados.

Among them, Professor The Most Hon. Eudine Barriteau chairs the Services and the Creative Economy Committee. Meanwhile former Prime Minister, and Professor of Practice, Owen Arthur, chairs the Industrial Transformation group, and Professor of Practice, Dodridge Miller chairs the Finance and Insurance group.