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CSA conference in Freeport, Bahamas

Concerns about crime and corruption

Shipping executives from across the Caribbean and Latin America gathered over three days (May 13, 14, 15) in Freeport, Bahamas for the 12th annual Caribbean Shipping Executives Conference.

CSA President Grantley Stephenson declared the conference open and the Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie, gave the keynote address.

The CSA President warned about the dangers of corruption in international trade. He said the CSA had become increasingly concerned about corruption and had therefore placed this topic on the conference agenda. He noted the presence of Jamaica’s Professor Trevor Munroe whom the CSA had invited to speak on the topic.

“Corruption generally ... not just drug smuggling or piracy ... hampers development and efficiency. The CSA cannot be unmindful of this reality as it seeks to promote development. Indeed, the CSA cannot be unmindful of anything that retards development and which places heavier burdens on the shoulders of the peoples of this region,” Mr. Stephenson said.

Prime Minister Christie expressed concern about crime. He said that vicious crime could stifle and reverse development. No plans for development could succeed where vicious crimes were being committed. He said urgent action was needed as the effects were not easily reversed.

Dr. Munroe brought evidence (see his presentation on page 24) to show that corruption was retarding growth and hampering development in the Caribbean region. 

Mike Jarrett photos