Barbadian Government Minister views Cave Hill School of Business as culling station for Regional Leaders – Haynesley Benn also calls on all Caricom heads to respect their duties

Why do Caribbean people allow their leaders to to frustrate the course of regional unity? This query was posed by Barbados’ Minister of Agriculture, Senator Haynesley Benn, a former graduate of UWI’s Cave Hill Executive Master’s of Business Administration – he delivered the commencement address for the grads of Cohort 5 at the Cave Hill School of Business at UWI’s Mount Restaurant.

Portion of participants in Cohort 5 at UWI's CHSB

Portion of participants in Cohort 5 at UWI's CHSB

He was amazed how one of the main sticking points for Caricom’s just-concluded 31st session of Heads of Government conference was for member states to bring their membership dues out of arrears status. He saw this as incredible when one looks at how on a regular basis that Cave Hill produces a consistent crop of Caribbean political animals who have the region to heart {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO};-

The Senator cited how graduates include Hulsie Bhaggan from Trinidad, Philippe Pierre out of Castries, apart from Antigua’s Carl Roberts and Richard Sealy and Irene Sandiford-Garner along with himself out of Barbados – and he wants the current crop of graduates to maintain this leadership tradition.

Mr Benn has many accomplishments - working with the B'dos Agricultural Society: BAS, Marketing Manager with Julie'n then DaCosta Mannings, as well as undertaking this same matriculation when it was refereed to as Business Management - he hopes the distance learning will never supersede the interactive factor

Minister Benn has many accomplishments - working with the B'dos Agricultural Society: BAS, Marketing Manager with Julie'n then over to DaCosta Mannings, as well as undertaking this same matriculation when it was refereed to as Business Management - he hopes the distance learning will never supersede the interactive factor

He sees how Caricom leaders treating the Caribbean Agricultural Research & Development Institute (CARDI) as part of the problem plaguing this part of the world, whereas in Brazil hundreds of millions are invested in Agriculture {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO};-

Unlike CARDI in relation to CARICOM, Brazil takes its agriculture seriously the Cabinet Minister observed, at least 650 of the researchers have PhD’s and they use a budget of $550 million US dollars per year.

More participants of Cohort 5, who were ready to boogie in celebrating the completion of their course

More participants of Cohort 5, who were ready to boogie in celebrating the completion of their course

Minister Benn also lamented the fact how most regional heads can accept the Caricom Court of Justice (CCJ) as the final legal arbiter over the UK’s Privy Council, it’s situated in Trinidad, yet the twin island republic itself is not a signatory to the CCJ.

The Agriculture Minister receives his CHSB pin amidst great applause at UWI's popular restaurant

The Agriculture Minister receives his CHSB pin amidst great applause at UWI's popular restaurant

In his summation, he urged graduates to keep the Caribbean in their minds, its people in their hearts and run together as shapers of its future. The Upper Chamber Member was honoured for his original tenure when the course was known as Business Management.

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