Deputy Political Leader of the United Workers Party (UWP) and Parliamentary Representative for Micoud North, Dr. Gale Rigobert, has participated in this year’s World Trade Organisation (WTO) Forum, “Expanding Trade Through Innovation and the Digital Economy.”
The event was held at the WTO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland from October 1 and is scheduled to end Oct. 3.
Dr. Rigobert spoke on the theme ‘Technology and Trade: Issues for Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Sub -Saharan Africa (SSA) and Small Vulnerable Economies (SVEs)’.
Her presentation entitled, ‘The Exclusive Digital Economy: Opportunities and constraints for LDCs’ focused on the challenge of peripherality, the misdiagnosis of the malady of underdevelopment in SIDs such as those of the Caribbean, technological gaps and the difficulties small islands face in leveraging ICTs for development.
Dr. Rigobert argued strongly that research and development (R&D) and innovation are important variables in the development equation and, according to her, there needs to be a more deliberate and concerted effort by Caribbean countries to invest in the creation of new knowledge.
She contended that policies (and concomitant financing) that encourage technological innovation must circumvent the entrapment of five year political cycles.
Dr. Rigobert is author of the book ‘Bridging the Digital Divide? Prospects for Caribbean Development in the New Techno-economic Paradigm.’