According to reports reaching MiyVue.com Professor Shirley will be one of the main speakers at the NCCEC to be held at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Grand Cayman, on 17th December. Representation at the conference is expected from the Bahamas, Cuba, the Cayman Islands, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
“The conference will examine facets for sharing information and knowledge on the, hitherto, unilateral response to challenges common to the seven neighbours,” Professor Shirley stated.
Issues such as natural hazards; the economic effects of the global financial crisis, the movement of guns, drugs and illicitly obtained money across the region; and the outward migration of some of the region’s best minds are among the issues to be discussed.
The conference also affords exploration of opportunities for collaboration in areas such as trade, tourism, transportation, remittances, and the design and implementation of hazard resistant infrastructure, Professor Shirley declared. The Vice-Chancellor will be addressing the issue of ‘Improving performance of Caribbean schools and potential for trade in education among Northern Caribbean countries.’
Additionally, Professor Anthony Chen, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Physics at UWI, will discuss ‘Northern Caribbean Countries in a Changing Climate.’ Professor Elizabeth Thomas-Hope, UWI Professor of Environmental Management, will discuss Trade in Services and Commodities.