"Preparing for the Hurricane: Canada and Caribbean Development Challenges"
Dr. John Rapley, President and Director of Research, Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI, will discuss his views on development challenges in the Caribbean.

John Rapley is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Government at the University of the West Indies. His current research interests are globalization and neoliberalism. Dr. Rapley also writes a weekly column for The Gleaner. Having served as the Chairman of Taking Responsibility: The Jamaican Economy Since Independence Project, Dr. Rapley is now Research Director and President of the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI). He is also a member of the Institut d'Etudes Politiques at Aix-en-Provence, France.

About CIGI's Economic Governance Research in the Caribbean: The Caribbean region is economically and culturally diverse, and in general can boast of stable democratic governance and liberal institutions, viable tourism and agricultural industries, proximity to large markets, and monetary stability. Many of the region’s economies possess middle-income status with a few at industrial country income levels.

Looking at the region as a whole, continuous challenges to development, in the form of lackluster economic growth, worrisome poverty, high rates of unemployment and looming government debt, impede further growth and hamper the region’s ability to achieve its full economic potential.

CIGI research takes a fresh examination of the way in which the Caribbean region could meet these economic challenges. The project convenes researchers and private and public sector leaders to examine and provide substantive and relevant answers and policy prescription to current economic governance challenges.

A light lunch will be served to those who RSVP.