SALISES 22ND
ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Virtual

Re-imagining Development for Small Island Developing States (SIDS):
Post-Pandemic Transformations

September 28-30, 2021

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Welcome Message

Aldrie Henry-Lee, Professor

Conference Chair

On behalf of the Directors, staff and students of the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES) and our conference partner, The United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNECLAC), I warmly welcome you to the 22nd annual SALISES conference. This annual conference is hosted each year by one of the three campus units in Cave Hill, St. Augustine or Mona and is usually held face-to-face in one of the three host countries.

Due to the current pandemic, the 2020 annual conference was held virtually. As much as we would like to resume our face-to-face attendance, we will host the 2021 conference virtually to ensure the safety of all our participants. The 22nd annual SALISES conference is being held virtually on September 28-30, 2021 under the theme: "Re-imagining Development for Small Island Developing States (SIDs): Post-Pandemic Transformations."

Message from ECLAC Director

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) is pleased to partner with the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES) at The University of the West Indies in organizing the SALISES 22nd Annual Conference taking place virtually during 28-30 September 2021.

The theme of this year’s conference, “Re-imagining Development for Small Island Developing States (SIDS):  Post-Pandemic Transformations,” epitomizes the current strategic objective of ECLAC Caribbean in its effort to support the countries of the subregion in building more resilient economies and societies post-COVID-19. It is therefore with pleasure that we contribute to the rich dialogue that this conference promises to stimulate, and to the visioning of policy options that will inevitably arise from this engagement.  

About the

Conference

The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc worldwide, especially in small island developing states (SIDS). Economies have contracted, health systems have been overwhelmed and social life as we know it, has been drastically disrupted. Pre COVID-19, SIDS struggled with weak economies, high levels of poverty; inequality and debts, and heavy dependence on overseas development assistance (ODA); large informal sectors; and the impact of climate change. The virus has exposed deeply-rooted structural problems and heightened existing vulnerabilities in SIDS.

Speakers

Dr.

Hyginus ‘Gene’ Leon

President Caribbean Development Bank

Professor

Sir Hilary Beckles

Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies

MS.

Diane Quarless

Director, Caribbean Subregional Headquarters, UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean

Expected outputs
of the conference are

Increased opportunity for policy dialogue, research, and collaboration

Increased research activity of SALISES research clusters

Conference presentations to be made available on the SALISES website

Peer-reviewed articles in special issues of Social and Economic Studies and Journal of Eastern Caribbean States