Jamaican-born, Professor Norman Girvan, who was working on behalf of the United Nations to find a solution to the Guyana/Venezuela border issue, has died.
Considered one of the Caribbean’s foremost think-thank personalities, the 72-year-old died in Cuba yesterday.
He had reportedly suffered a serious fall while in Dominica earlier this year.
According to CARICOM’s Secretary General, Irwin LaRocque, Girvan’s ideas and ideals placed him in the upper echelons of Caribbean intellectuals.
“It is with deep sadness that I have received the news of the death of Professor Norman Girvan, a man whose life’s work was underlined by unremitting dedication to a vision of an integrated Caribbean.”
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 CARICOM, was a prime example of his commitment, LaRocque said.
“I extend sincere condolences to his wife and family and to the Government and People of Jamaica on the loss of a true Caribbean icon.”
He was Professor Emeritus of the University of the West Indies (UWI).
In October, Government announced that the United Nations (UN) had agreed for Jamaica-born, Norman Girvan, to continue handling the border controversy between Guyana and Venezuela.
The Good Officer Process is charged with finding a solution to the Guyana-Venezuela controversy that arose from the Venezuelan contention that the Arbitral Award of October 3, 1899, that definitively established the boundary between Guyana and Venezuela, is null and void.
The process commenced in 1989 and was established according to the Geneva Agreement of February 17, 1966. The UN Secretary General is the Good Officer.
Venezuela is laying claim to a large part of Essequibo and continental shelf in which fishing is taking place by Guyanese.
However, both governments have recommitted to the UN process to settle the issue.
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