• Today
    December 19

  • 06:37 AM

Economist Charles Skeete passes away

TONY BEST,

Added 10 December 2017

charlie-skeete-042516

Economist Charles Skeete (FILE)

Charles Skeete, a leading Caribbean economist, who was a prominent Barbados diplomat in the 1980s in Washington, has died in Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C.

Skeete, 79, died peacefully at home among family and friends yesterday afternoon.

“Charles was a caring and understanding husband and Caribbean person whose interest in his family, Barbados and the rest of the Caribbean was limitless,” said his wife Joylyn Skeete, who confirmed his death.

The Barbadian, a graduate of the University of the West Indies, was so highly regarded in the circles of international economists, that he was invited in the 1980s to serve among the region’s economic “wise men”, a panel of experts who examined the economies and social development of Caribbean Community (Caricom) member states.

Before becoming Barbados’ Ambassador to the United States and the Organisation of American States in the 1980s, Skeete was Permanent Secretary in Barbados’ Ministry of Finance during his wide-ranging and distinguished career as an economist and an administrator.

Skeete, who was more widely known as “Charlie”, served for a number of years as the English-speaking Caribbean’s representative on the executive board of the Inter-American Development Bank, later becoming a senior economic adviser at the Western Hemisphere’s largest international financial institution in Washington. He was at the bank for at least a quarter of a century.

At different times Skeete advised successive Barbados Governments and their leaders, including Errol Barrow and Tom Adams.

When the Adams Administration decided in the early 1980s to negotiate a standby arrangement with the International Monetary Fund to kick start economic growth, Adams, the Prime Minister, turned to Skeete to begin the negotiating process.

“That was a request which I consider to have been a very important assignment and it turned out well for Barbados,” Skeete told the Sunday Sun a few years ago.

When the Combermere School Old Scholars Association inducted him into its Blue Ribbon Class of distinguished former students in 2006, Skeete urged students to strive for excellence in and out of the classroom.

Skeete is survived by his wife Joylyn and son Nicholas Skeete. (TB)

JOIN THE DISCUSSION

Dos and Donts


Welcome to our discussion forum here on nationnews.com. We encourage lively debate, but we also urge you to take note of the following:

  • Stay on topic – This helps keep the thread focused on the discussion at hand. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.
  • Be respectful – Meeting differences of opinion with civil discussion encourages multiple perspectives and a positive commenting environment.
  • Do not type in capitals – In addition to being considered “shouting” it is also difficult to read.
  • All comments will be moderated – Given the volume of comments each day, this may take some time. So please be patient.
  • We reserve the right to remove comments – Comments that we find to be abusive, spam, libellous, hateful, off-topic or harassing may be removed.
  • Reproduction of comments – Some of your comments may be reproduced on the website or in our daily newspapers. We will use the handle, not your email address.
  • Do not advertise – Please contact our Advertising Department.
  • Contact our Online Editor if you have questions or concerns.
  • Read our full Commenting Policy and Terms of Use.
comments powered by Disqus

POLL

The public service vehicle community is upset over new uniforms provided by the Transport Authority. Do you think the new uniforms are a good idea?

Yes
No

FRONT COVER OF TODAY'S NEWSPAPER

CARTOON

INSTAGRAM