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  • Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller says the passing of Professor Norman Paul Girvan has left a legacy of excellence.
  • Prime Minister Simpson Miller said Jamaica, and indeed the entire Caribbean, will remember “his sterling contribution to regional development and sound academic research".
  • Professor Girvan served Jamaica and the region in various capacities including that of Secretary General of the Association of Caribbean States.

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller says the passing of Professor Norman Paul Girvan has left a legacy of excellence and accomplishment that should serve to inspire others.

Expressing condolences on behalf of the Government and people of Jamaica to his wife, Jasmine, children and family, Prime Minister Simpson Miller said Jamaica, and indeed the entire Caribbean, will remember “his sterling contribution to regional development and sound academic research, particularly in the area of Caribbean economic development.”

The Prime Minister said Prof. Girvan’s work generated “critical Caribbean thought and assisted the region in effectively positioning itself in an ever-changing global landscape, while his engaging personality and openness to views other than his own endeared him to many.”

“Prof Girvan served his country and region with distinction and earned respect and admiration for his passion and commitment to nation building and sustainable regional advancement. He has left a legacy of excellence on which to continue to build our regional institutions and promote cooperation,” Mrs. Simpson Miller concluded.

Professor Girvan served Jamaica and the region in various capacities including that of Secretary General of the Association of Caribbean States, Director of the National Planning Agency of Jamaica and, was at the time of his death, the UN Secretary General’s personal representative on the Guyana/Venezuela border dispute.