UWI-CARICOM COLLABORATION. Seven strong years and a luminous future. Backdrop. Studies have long concluded that CARICOM needs to collaborate with its associate regional institutions for building a robust regional organization in order to survive and function
Seven strong years and a luminous future
Studies have long concluded that CARICOM
needs to collaborate with its associate regional
institutions for building a robust regional
organization in order to survive and function
effectively in the new world dispensation; a
dispensation which must depend on the
intelligent utilization of collective resources.
This position was echoed in the Grande Anse
declaration and by the Conference of the Heads
of Government, Montego Bay 1997, and in the
2003 Rose Hall Declaration on Governance and
Within this context the CARICOM Secretariat and the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus signed a
Memorandum of Understanding in December 1999 which set the Terms of Reference for a relationship
designed to focus the energies and “know how” of both entities into providing the regional leadership
with the sort of vital information that such an alliance could provide.
The formal establishment of the UWI-CARICOM Project was a ground-breaking
initiative. The Project pursued its objectives with ingenuity impressing upon UWI the
benefits which would accrue to it, were it to go beyond the scope of the Agreement.
Being aware of human resource needs and challenges in the Region, the UWI-CARICOM Project has developed a concept to establish an Executive Service Agency to function as a “clearing house” for the skills and expertise of retired Caribbean nationals. This project is currently awaiting funding in order to become operational.
These publications chronicle the genesis and historical transformation of the Integration Movement and document the challenges and obstacles confronting it over the course of its transformation and the response of Member States to those challenges.
UWI-CARICOM Project’s publications
also provide scholarly, analytical and
insightful guidance for the future
direction of the integrative Movement in
the re-formulated global order as well as
offer mechanisms and courses of action
needed to respond to the current
CARICOM Integration has been tackled on various fronts by the majority of the Project’s books and journals, such as:
Into the World Economy
As the Caribbean Community celebrated its 30th Anniversary in 2003, the UWI-CARICOM Project considered it opportune to capture the evolution of the regional body and seminal contributions of the legendary leaders who have engineered its growth. To this end, the Project commissioned the production of a television and radio documentary based on the publication entitled "Integrate or Perish: Perspectives of Leaders of the Integration Movement" edited by Professor Kenneth O. Hall.
This documentary brings to the viewing and listening public the historical development and evolution of the integration process. It allows for Caribbean Peoples and those around the world to witness Caribbean Leaders as they articulated their ideas and ideals and expressed their desire for political and psychological freedom. It also reveals how they determined the paths to be pursued to stay on course even in the face of challenges.
The three-part programme structure of the documentary corresponds to the following periods and issues:
The documentary presents poignant images of the era of the founding fathers of the movement and encapsulates their contributions and those of their successors to the growth and development of the Caribbean as a unified Region.
by Professor Stephen Vascianne
by Joseph Farier
by Dr. Trevor Farrell
by Wesley Gibbings
by Dr. Trevor Farrell
The UWI and CARICOM
institutions intend to use
every platform of life to
promote unity among all
nationals of the Region.
Each Member State has
its peculiarities, but
together make a
distinctive blend of rich
culture – a heritage that
University Singers (UWI) performing at the National Cultural Centre, Guyana
In December 2000, the UWI Mona
Campus choir – The University
Singers, toured Guyana under the
auspices of Caribbean Fellowship
Incorporated. The group belted out
their songs with the grace and spunk
that can only be claimed by
Jamaicans. And Guyanese indulged!
2000 was just a foretaste of the grand
cultural Harmony excursions to be
generated by UWI-CARICOM in the
Both the University of the West Indies and the CARICOM Secretariat are acutely aware of the tremendous benefits of institutional collaboration as an enabler in meeting the multifaceted challenges which confront Member States at regional and international levels.
The current arrangement will undoubtedly result in, among other benefits, a greater number of vigorously researched position papers designed to inform important issues within international forums, enhance the performance of the University of the West Indies in their main negotiating theatres and other international fora.