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Creating a Culture
The issue of transparency and accountability
in the extractive industry has been a hotly
debated topic for the last decade. Merging from
this debate was the formation of the Publish
as You Pay civil society network which was
launched in 2002 and has a global outreach.
The main campaign of the network is a call
for extractive companies to publish what they
pay to governments and for governments
to publish what extractive companies pay
to them. Advocates of publish what you
pay note that this information will bring
transparency and accountability into a sector
that is plagued by rent-seeking and high
incidents of corruption.
"Creating a Culture of Transparency"
is the umbrella theme that has been
chosen as the mode by which bpTT has
engaged and continues to engage the Trade
and Economic Development Unit of the
Department of Economics at The UWI, to host
this internationally pitched Conference. It is the
second in the conference series and focuses on
revenue reporting. The aim of the Conference
is to bring together international, regional and
local experts on the issues of transparency and
accountability with respect
to taxes paid;
tax revenues distributed and the use of
petroleum revenues (among others);
to strengthen the local efforts of the
Extractive Industries Transparency
to improve awareness of transparency
and accountability issues;
to provide the Government, the citizenry,
civil society networks, academic and
other such bodies with the tools needed
to insist on and ensure a continued
high level of accountability alongside
an improvement in accountability for
It takes place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Port
of Spain Ballroom on June 5 and 6, 2014.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
Please contact Joel Jordan,
the Department of Economics,
Tel: 662-2002, ext. 83231.
Professor E. Nigel
of The UWI has been
invited to speak at Going
Global, the annual
flagship conference of
the British Council, in
Miami this month.
brings together Higher
from around the world
to share best practices, network and strategies about the
future of Higher Education and presents an opportunity to
showcase e UWI and the higher education system of the
Caribbean to a highly relevant audience of international
policymakers and HEIs, in collaboration with the British
Vice-Chancellor Harris has been invited to serve
on three panels: Strategic Partnerships and Inclusive
Internationalisation and on the nal wrap-up panel. Strategic
partnerships will consider the major role of international
partnerships in driving innovation and delivering impact
and the models that have been developed in this regard. e
session will consider models from e UWI and universities
of Warwick and Monash and Swansea.
Inclusive internationalisation focuses on
internationalisation as a hallmark of, and a path to, quality in
higher education. e panel will question whether inclusive
internationalisation has been achieved, what distance
remains to be travelled and the measures needed to reach
this objective at institutional and policy levels.
Vice-Chancellor Harris sees e UWI's singular focus
at Going Global as positioning the University in the global
landscape as an authority in small-island state development
and an ideal global partner.
" e UWI, as the largest university in the English-
speaking Caribbean, and as one of just two regional
(multi-country) universities worldwide, is well placed to
take advantage of regional and international partnerships
to strengthen its mandate as an engine of development in
teaching, research and public service," he said.
e UWI will also have a booth and host a breakfast
meeting for selected stakeholders. Caribbean Export
Development Agency, the only regional trade and
investment promotion agency in the African, Caribbean
and Paci c group, is the main sponsor ensuring e UWI's
participation at Going Global. Going Global 2014 takes
place in Miami from April 29 to May 1, 2014.
Vice-Chancellor to discuss
Two CARPIMS scholars, who began their studies at the
University of the South Paci c in Fiji in February 2013, won
gold medals for the best overall results in a postgraduate
diploma. ere were ve recipients of this award: two from
the Caribbean and three from Fiji. Each awardee gained a
perfect GPA of 4.5.
e King of Tonga, King Tupou VI, presented the award
at the recently held presentation ceremony. is Gold Medal,
Awards and Prizes Ceremony is a special event, held two
days before the actual graduation ceremony. ere were
29 recipients of these medals, awards and prizes out of a
graduating cohort of almost 1,300 students.
Kerwin Livingstone (current lecturer from the
University of Guyana) pursued a Master of Education, and
Camille Reid (UWI St. Augustine graduate from Jamaica)
pursued an MA in Psychology.
A CARPIMS CELEBRATION
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