By Caribbean News Now contributor
HAVANA, Cuba -- Well known Caribbean academic Norman Girvan passed away on Wednesday in Cuba. He was 72.
Jamaican-born Girvan, who earlier this year suffered a serious fall while in Dominica, was Professor Emeritus of the University of the West Indies (UWI).
He was also a professorial research fellow at the UWI Graduate Institute of International Relations at in St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago.
Girvan had up until late last year, been one of the very vocal regional voices condemning the Dominican Republic’s constitutional court ruling that made tens of thousands people, of mainly Haitian descent, stateless.
Girvan’s ideas and ideals placed him in the upper echelons of Caribbean intellectuals, a man whose life’s work was underlined by unremitting dedication to a vision of an integrated Caribbean, said CARICOM Secretary General Irwin LaRocque.
“His service as main author of Towards a Single Development Vision and the Role of the Single Economy, a visionary document to guide the development of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was a prime example of the commitment that Professor Girvan had to his region,” he said.
Girvan was a former secretary general of the Association of Caribbean States, professor of development studies and director of the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies at the University of the West Indies, and head of the National Planning Agency of the government of Jamaica.