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Caribbean Economist Norman Girvan Dies

girvanThe man who served as the mediator in the Guyana Venezuela controversy Professor Norman Girvan has died. The noted Caribbean economist   suffered a fall while hiking in January this year and was undergoing treatment in Cuba where he died yesterday (April 9 2014).

He was first appointed by the United Nations Secretary General in 2010 and reappointed last year by joint request of both Venezuela and Guyana. President Donald Ramotar and Caricom Secretary General Irwin La Roque both expressed regret at the passing of the noted political economist.

President Ramotar said that Guyana, valued the wisdom which he brought to the Good Offices Process as the Personal Representative of the United Nations Secretary General. He noted too that Professer Girvan’s vision for the region’s integration was driven by a profound desire for the peoples of the Caribbean Community to benefit from sustained socio-economic development in a single space La Roque said h

is ideas and ideals placed him in the upper echelons of Caribbean intellectuals.. Professor Girvan was 72 years old.

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