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PRESS RELEASE – The Vaughan A. Lewis Institute for Research and Innovation was established in 2016 to be the driver for research and innovation and a catalyst for discussion and discourse on issues which impact on the social, political and economic development of the Saint Lucia and the wider region.
In the last year much has changed in the international political landscape which impacts directly on the way forward for national development in Saint Lucia and the wider Caribbean.
In this regard VALIRI in association with the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College and the GEF SGP UNDP will provide a forum for the discussion on what those changes mean for national development. On Thursday 4th May 2017 we invite the general public to a lecture by the former CARICOM Ambassador to Haiti, Mr. Earl Huntley. The topic of the lecture is “Small States and the Post Brexit World Order “.
BREXIT – the referendum of 23rd June 2016 in which the British people voted for the United Kingdom to withdraw from the European Union, was a decision, which reverberated around the for it signaled a change in the international order which has been in existence since 1945 and which has been characterized by, among other things, multilateralism, regional integration of which the European Union has been the prime example and more recently the phenomenon of globalisation. That world order also gave rise to the independence and emergence of today’s small developing states although it has not always been kind to them.
While much attention has been paid to the implications of BREXIT for the major powers and international institutions which have shaped the international order, the lecture by Ambassador Earl Stephen Huntley will explore the meaning and consequences of the Brexit World Order for Small States which form the majority of countries in the world.
Ambassador Earl Stephen Huntley is well poised to speak on this issue since he is a former Saint Lucian diplomat with extensive experience in diplomacy as well as in media communications. He held several senior level positions, in the diplomatic service of Saint Lucia and was also the Caribbean Community’s Representative in Haiti from 2008 – 2013.
Ambassador Huntley has been deeply involved in the regional integration movement, with his first involvement being as Secretary to the Committee on Joint Overseas Representation of the WISA Council of Ministers (1980). He wrote the Report on Joint Overseas Representation which became the basis for the Treaty of Basseterre establishing the OECS.
He was the Secretary of the Regional Constituent Assembly on Windward Islands Political Union (1990-1992) and a Consultant to the OECS on the revision of the Treaty of Basseterre, producing the paper, “The Treaty of Basseterre and OECS Economic Union” which recommended the modalities for creating an OECS Economic Union. He served on a number of CARICOM Committees on “Options for Governance in the Caribbean Community “(2003-2004).
The lecture will be delivered at the Dolphins Conference Room at the Bay Gardens Beach Resort in Rodney Bay Village on Thursday 4th May 2017 at 7:30 p.m.