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UWI CCMF Caribbean Executive Business Seminar

{gallery}http://www.flickr.com/photos/theuwi/sets/72157629639497814/{/gallery} The University of the West Indies’ (UWI) Caribbean Centre for Money and Finance (CCMF) hosted the Caribbean Business Executive Seminar on Friday 4th May, 2012, from 8am to 5:30pm, at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad.

This seminar themed the Future of the Pension Industry aimed to educate pension beneficiaries, their representatives and the industry’s decision-makers about key issues affecting the operations of Caribbean pension funds. These challenges to public and private pension funds include greater investment uncertainty and lower interest rates in Caribbean and foreign financial markets, changes in international accounting standards, fixed stress among governments, increased longevity of pensioners, and the prospect of either unfunded liabilities or a growing mismatch between financial commitments to pensioners and anticipated future earnings of the pension schemes. As a consequence, issues such as changes in the regulatory environment and in
pension fund governance are also raised.

The Caribbean Business Executive Seminar brought together Caribbean and international leaders within the financial sector and pension industry to assess these issues, comment on legislative reforms under consideration in several Caribbean countries, and make proposals for strong, sustainable pension arrangements in the Caribbean.

The event featured presentations from representatives of major financial institutions in the region, including Mr. Ewart Williams, Governor, Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago; the Honourable Winston Dookeran, Minister of Finance, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago; and Mr. Will Price, Senior Financial Sector Specialist, World Bank.

2nd Panel Discussion in commemoration of the 50th Independence of T&T

{gallery}http://www.flickr.com/photos/theuwi/sets/72157629637865856/{/gallery} The Open Lectures Committee at The UWI, St. Augustine hosted the second panel discussion in commemoration of the country's 50th Independence Anniversary, titled 'Trinidad and Tobago: Our Place in the Region.'

Chaired by Sir Shridath Ramphal, the discussion took place on Thursday 3rd May, 2012, at the Naparima Bowl, San Fernando, at 5:30pm, and featured panelists Ambassador Paulo Sergio Traballi Bozzi of the Brazilian Embassy, Mr. Arthur Lok Jack, Dr. Michelle Reis and Professor Hollis Liverpool.

The event is part of The University's initiative to reach out to communities beyond its walls and to join the national community in celebrating fifty years of independence. This panel stimulated debate on topics such as culture, commerce, trade and society in the present context.

UWI SALISES, FSS Conference, ‘Trinidad at 50, A Model Nation’

{gallery}http://www.flickr.com/photos/theuwi/sets/72157629637052522/{/gallery} This year, Trinidad and Tobago celebrates 50 years of independence. In commemoration of this anniversary, The University of the West Indies (UWI) hosted an international conference from April 25th to 27th, 2012, from 10am-5pm each day. For the first two days, the event was hosted at the Daaga Auditorium and at the Faculty of Engineering, Lecture Theatre 1 on the last day.

This conference was organized by The University’s Faculty of Social Sciences and Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES). Themed Trinidad and Tobago at 50: A Model Nation? it sought to answer this question by examining the country’s development over the past 50 years.

Key speakers at this conference included His Excellency Timothy Hamel-Smith, Actg. President of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago, Professor Anthony Maingot, Professor Emeritus at Florida International University, and Dr. Hamid Ghany, Dean of The UWI’s Faculty of Social Sciences.

Ministry of Food Production Professional Development Programme for UWI St. Augustine Agriculture Graduates

{gallery}http://www.flickr.com/photos/theuwi/sets/72157629636689538/{/gallery} Fifty graduates from The University of the West Indies (UWI) have begun year-long internships from April 15th, 2012, at the Ministry of Food Production, Land and Marine Affairs and its subsidiaries. This was announced by Minister Vasant Bharath, at a ceremony at the St. Augustine Campus on Wednesday 4th April, where The UWI signed an agreement with the Trinidad and Tobago Agribusiness Association (TTABA). The agreement, according to TTABA Chairman, Winston Borrel, can make a difference in the agribusiness sector within three years.
Through the Life Sciences Department of the Faculty of Science and Agriculture at The UWI, St. Augustine, the two parties have signed an agreement to fulfil a number of services as it relates to the cassava tissue culture planting material and its multiplication/cloning. The UWI is performing the contract at the request of TTABA, and in so doing is contributing to the food security of the country, a stated goal of both The UWI and the Government of Trinidad and Tobago.
Saying that the Ministry has recently published and launched “The National Food Production Action Plan 2012-2015” the Minister said he hoped every aspect of agriculture which The UWI aims to look at within the next few years would align itself to the Action Plan in order to reduce the cost of food in Trinidad and Tobago, provide jobs in the agricultural sector and reduce the outflow of foreign exchange, in addition to providing a substitute for the oil and gas industry.
Closing remarks were given by the Dean of the Faculty of Science and Agriculture, Professor Dyer Narinesingh, who presented a DELL computer to Minister Bharath, as an initiative of the Caribbean Council for Higher Education (CACHE) programme. The Ministry holds responsibility for updating the database of human resource in the agricultural sector, in order for planning as it relates to academics and employment in the agricultural sector

The UWI Open Campus Expands to St. Elizabeth in Jamaica

The UWI Open Campus Expands to St. Elizabeth in Jamaica

St. Elizabeth, Jamaica, May, 2012: Persons in and around Lititz in the parish of St. Elizabeth in Jamaica now have access to tertiary-level education and professional courses with the recent opening of  the University of the West Indies (UWI) Open Campus at that location.  Many persons have already registered for the first set of three-month

The UWI Open Campus Expands to St. Elizabeth in Jamaica

St. Elizabeth, Jamaica, May, 2012: Persons in and around Lititz in the parish of St.

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