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November

Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters (D.Litt) for Sir Ronald

On Friday October 24th, Sir Ronald was conferred with the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters (D.Litt) by the University of the West Indies at its St Augustine Campus in Trinidad and Tobago.  Sir Ronald also delivered an address to the graduating class of 2014.   His address and the citation appear in the "Lectures and Interviews" section of this website.

Sir Ronald Sanders addressing 2014 UWI graduating Social Sciences Faculty at St Augustine, Trinidad

Latest Commentaries

A new commentary has been posted. It is entitled: Getting a Caribbean Voice in the G20.  It argues that small developing countries remain excluded from direct representation in the councils of the G20. Apart from the efforts of the Commonwealth Secretariat to feed papers into the technical working groups, little account is taken of the economic circumstances of small states. The only relevance to them of the G20 is the new rules, new restrictions and new regulations that cost them money.

Tony Abbot, Prime Minister of Australia and Chair of the G20, November 2014

A previous commentary is:Not only cricket at stake but self-worth of the West Indian people.  The commentary looks at the walk out of a tour of India by the West Indian players over a pay dispute with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).  Stating that throughout the West Indies people are angry, the commentary argues that West Indians feel a deep sense of being let down and of being deprived of something precious to their souls. Yes, the matter is about the West Indian cricketers; yes, it is also about the administration of West Indian Cricket and the WICB; but beyond everything else it is about the ethos and self-worth of the West Indian person.  That is what is at stake – and all the parties should keep that foremost in their minds.

The previous commentary is: Oil prices fall sharply: Will poor populations benefit?   The commentary says a lower price for oil is good for developing countries. It should mean less costly electricity, water and transportation. Those countries that get the benefit, particularly small states, should spread the joy throughout their economies, and give their populations a breather – however briefly it might last.