CULTURE AND KNOWLEDGE ECONOMIES: THE FUTURE OF CARIBBEAN DEVELOPMENT?
42nd Annual Conference of the Caribbean Studies Association
June 5 – 10, 2017
Melía Nassau Beach Resort, Cable Beach, Nassau, Bahamas
Marriott Hotel, Turgeau Port-au-Prince, Haïti, June 5-11, 2016
In an address to the 26th Inter-sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (February 2015) former Jamaican Prime-Minister, The Most Honorable P.J. Patterson insisted on the “urgent need (for CARICOM member states) to find new development pathways that encourage creativity and innovation in the pursuit of inclusive, equitable, and sustainable growth and development.” While the Caribbean region has come a long way (using UNDP Millennium Development Goals as a benchmark) the region continues to fall short in economic growth, competitiveness, economic diversity and impact, and human capital output. Patterson’s evocation of “creativity and innovation” implicitly acknowledges the continuing absence of Caribbean knowledge, culture and economy in debates surrounding the future of regional development.