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Statement of the OAS Secretary General on the Death of Professor Norman Girvan

  April 13, 2014

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, issued the following statement on the passing of Professor Norman Girvan, former Secretary General of the Association of Caribbean States:

“I wish to express my profound regret at the untimely passing of Dr. Norman Girvan, a unique and outstanding Caribbean intellectual and development economist, who was Professor Emeritus of The University of the West Indies (UWI) and second Secretary General of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) from 2000 to 2004.

A Jamaican by birth, Norman honed his intellectual skills and capacity at the UWI/ Mona, where he was part of the well-known team of Girvan, Thomas and Best who, through their writings and advocacy, advocated a new paradigm for the development of the wider Caribbean region. As Secretary General of the ACS, he promoted the vision of a truly integrated Caribbean - one that encompassed all the English, Spanish, French and Dutch speaking countries of this multifaceted and dynamic region. He had remained resolute and devoted to the cause of integrating the Greater Caribbean.

Prof. Girvan will be remembered for his outstanding contribution not only to the region but also to development thinking in the Americas and other parts of the developing world. Jamaica and the Caribbean have lost an exemplary figure, renowned for his brilliance, humility, and dedication to social justice.

On behalf of the Organization of American States, I therefore extend my sincere condolences to the family and many friends of Norman Girvan. May his vision of greater Caribbean unity and integration continue to imbue the people of the region.”

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Reference: e-147/14