Author Archive: Dickson Igwe

Dickson Igwe is an education official in the Virgin Islands. He is also a national sea safety instructor. He writes a national column across media and has authored a story book on the Caribbean: 'The Adventures of a West Indian Villager'. Dickson is focused on economics articles, and he believes economics holds the answer to the full economic and social development of the Caribbean. He is of both West African and Caribbean heritage. Dickson is married with one son.

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Virgin Islands Party Politics

Virgin Islands Party Politics

| November 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

In twenty years, the state of Virgin Islands politics has never seen the flux and flow it sees today. In the past twenty years, the Two Party System has governed the political landscape. Two party politics has been a static and immovable beast. Two- Party Rule has defined general elections, defied attempts by independent candidates […]

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Economies ‘’built on sand’’ Part B

Economies ‘’built on sand’’ Part B

| June 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

Countries that depend upon a single product and a single market for their economic existence put all their eggs into a single basket. When that basket takes a hit deep recession and depression are the result One product cultures- countries that depend on a single commodity or product for their economic existence- generate a visionless […]

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Economies ‘’built on sand’’ Part A

Economies ‘’built on sand’’ Part A

| June 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

Countries that depend upon a single product and a single market for their economic existence put all their eggs into a single basket. When that basket takes a hit’’ all hell breaks loose.’’ Economies uniquely vulnerable to sudden shock have a number of common features. Economies that are the first to go into downturn after […]

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Economic vision, post public register of beneficial ownership

Economic vision, post public register of beneficial ownership

| May 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

OK, a very savvy mind, who over the decades has been a major player in the Virgin Islands offshore finance industry, told this writer that he was not overly concerned about the UK government decision to impose a public register of beneficial ownership on offshore companies of overseas territories of Great Britain. He stated over […]

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Virgin Islands Political Wild Cards 2

Virgin Islands Political Wild Cards 2

| April 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

Political commentary is controversial. Undoubtedly! But why is this so? Because it discusses power! And in the game of power the stakes are always high. Political commentary is necessary. It is a forum and venue, where issues, ideas, social demographics, the economy, campaigns, voter intentions, and so on and so forth, are discussed. And objectivity […]

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Vision is Boss

Vision is Boss

| April 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

Vision is critical to economics. The math, statistics, psychology, history, and sociology, that create the concepts and narratives of economic thought, are mere tools of the visionary. Vision is what economics is about. Vision makes economics a useful and desirable discipline. The adoption of a national vision is the greatest tool of security and prosperity a […]

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Borrow from home or abroad?

Borrow from home or abroad?

| March 28, 2018 | 0 Comments

Governments, even micro administrations of tiny jurisdictions, have the ability to raise finance, to an exponentially greater degree than individuals and small businesses. In the aftermath of the September 2017 natural disasters that devastated the Virgin Islands economy, borrowing heavily to stimulate economic growth is not an option. The British Virgin Islands requires at least […]

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Barbarians at the gates of Rome

Barbarians at the gates of Rome

| March 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Virgin Islands economy composed of the financial services industry, ecotourism and maritime, and the domestic market economy, is the core tool for the empowerment of Virgin Islanders and citizens. The economy works in partnership with local and foreign investors for the mutual benefit of Virgin Islanders, citizens, and residents. The economy cannot become a […]

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Austerity in the midst of financial abundance

Austerity in the midst of financial abundance

| March 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

Physical and economic recovery for the Virgin Islands, post the natural disasters of September 2017, requires a fitting of the country’s economic restorative models into the molds of the twin western economic cultures of stimulus and austerity. The western world is overflowing with cash. This is a consequence of quantitative easing, and monetary stimulus, combined […]

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Thinking inside or outside the box?

Thinking inside or outside the box?

| February 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

Long term strategic economic planning is a dire necessity for the Virgin Islands. This is especially so after September 2017 natural disasters exposed vulnerabilities in the Virgin Islands development model. Only a long term economic plan- well thought out- will deliver this territory from permanent underdevelopment. It is vital residents and citizens become aware the […]

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