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Barbados to host inaugural Caribbean Economic Forum
BRIDGETOWN—Distinguished visiting economist Dr C Fred Bergsten will participate in the first-ever Caribbean Economic Forum on February 19. Bergsten, senior fellow and director emeritus of the Washington-based Peterson Institute, the only major research institution in the United States devoted to international economic issues, will interact with regional broadcaster Julian Rogers before fielding questions from a studio audience and the general public via e-mails and live call-ins.
This discussion forum, the first of its kind in the region, will examine the economic prowess of emerging markets, reforming the international monetary system, a strategy for the world economy in the 21st century and reform of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The Central Bank of Barbados said that it was deeply honoured to provide the opportunity for Barbadians and Caribbean people to interact with a “phenomenon among economists” on issues of international import that are of significance to the island and the region.
Governor Dr DeLisle Worrell said the event will be of immense benefit to the region’s people, primarily because it affords them the opportunity to interact with one of the world’s highly renowned economists, who is responsible for building the top economics research institution in the world, and who has studied not only the economies of the developed world but also the developing and emerging markets.
Dr Bergsten is among the most widely quoted think-tank economists and has authored, co-authored, edited, or co-edited 41 books on international economic issues, including Global Economics in Extraordinary Times: Essays in Honour of John Williamson (2012), The Long-Term International Economic Position of the United States (2009, selected a “must read” by The Washington Post), China’s Rise: Challenges and Opportunities (2008), China, The Balance Sheet: What the World Needs to Know Now About The Emerging Superpower (2006) and The United States and the World Economy: Foreign Economic Policy for the Next Decade (2005).
He recently retired from the Peterson Institute, of which he was the founding director in 1981.