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CARICOM hails late Professor Norman Girvan

Published:Thursday | April 10, 2014 | 1:55 PM

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has hailed the late Jamaican Professor Norman Girvan for his dedication to a vision of an integrated Caribbean.



The 72-year-old died in Cuba yesterday, three months after he became paralysed following a fall while hiking in Dominica.



CARICOM Secretary General Irwin LaRocque, says Professor Girvan’s ideas and ideals placed him in the upper echelons of Caribbean intellectuals.



The Secretary General says the Caribbean has lost a true icon and has extended condolences to Professor Girvan's widow, family and to the Government and people of Jamaica.



Professor Girvan is a former secretary general of the Association of Caribbean States and Professor Emeritus of the University of the West Indies.



Meanwhile, Director of the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute for social and Economic Studies, at the University of the West Indies, Professor Brian Meeks, says the late academic Norman Girvan was one of the most important Jamaican and Caribbean thinkers.



He says Professor Girvan was a remarkable economist who had an equally remarkable career as lecturer at the UWI and as a public servant.



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