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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A vision of the road to VI independence

A vision of the road to VI independence

| July 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

The road to Virgin Islands independence is a long and winding road that starts with public discussion, and debate, leading to a referendum, where two thirds of a territory’s citizens vote for independence. But even before any type of independence, that there will be a move towards greater autonomy by Overseas Territories, and the consolidation […]

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The Pandemic Economy

The Pandemic Economy

| July 4, 2020 | 0 Comments

Covid 19 will determine the length of recession, the trajectory of recession, and the type of economic recovery the world experiences, not any type of stimulus. Stimulus in the midst of a global pandemic is a band aid. Stimulus will generate economic recovery only after the departure of the virus from the globe. The Covid […]

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Greater citizen power or greater autonomy

Greater citizen power or greater autonomy

| June 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

In a world ruled by super powers, small countries controlled by the agendas of powerful states like these Majestic Virgin Islands must aim for greater power for their peoples within the crucible of that global power play. Greater autonomy or independence is not necessarily the best option to boost the social and economic welfare of […]

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A national apprenticeship program

A national apprenticeship program

| June 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

A national apprenticeship program for vocations and skills is essential for Virgin Islands youth, society, and economy It is cliché to assert that a plumber, electrician, builder, welder, or mechanic, great at their skill, will not face too many unemployment challenges. Some of the most illustrious and prosperous natives in these Lesser Antilles are in […]

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The road to November 2020

The road to November 2020

| June 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

A five (5) story series on the USA presidential election of November 2020  Donald Trump’s years in the White House starting January 2017 have been momentous. From the quiet stability of 2016 where the USA was the main superpower in a unilateral world that revolved around Washington DC, Trump has driven US decline and fostered […]

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Non Alignment: The Way Ahead

Non Alignment: The Way Ahead

| June 7, 2020 | 0 Comments

It is time for the Caribbean, and various regions of the world, to ditch the super powers as leading lights of global security and prosperity. The Covid 19 Pandemic, trade wars, rapidly deteriorating race relations in the USA, and the rise of dictatorship and tyranny, are threats to mankind, driven by the failure of the […]

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Race and prejudice in the Americas

Race and prejudice in the Americas

| May 31, 2020 | 0 Comments

Racism and ethnic prejudice is best battled when humanity recognizes that racism and prejudice are inherent in flawed human personality. Just after Barack Obama was elected first black president of the USA in 2008, this writer was friends with a lady- a Belonger- living in the territory, married to a Virgin Islander from a prominent […]

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CORONA and a National Social Fund

CORONA and a National Social Fund

| May 23, 2020 | 0 Comments

Tiny economies cannot print massive reserves of cash, by raising vast amounts of financial capital from global investors, such as multi trillion dollar economies can. Multi trillion dollar GDPs, such as the US, Germany, and UK, have the ability to borrow near unlimited amounts of money from investors through the issuance of various debt instruments […]

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CORONA and the seven stages of grief

CORONA and the seven stages of grief

| May 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

Public reaction to the sudden and drastic change from the new Corona Virus Pandemic is worthy of assessment. The Corona Virus Pandemic has had a major impact on public psychology in every country. This is reaction that is equivalent to the human response to deep loss and grief: it is critical to recognize and understand […]

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A new world of restricted travel

A new world of restricted travel

| May 9, 2020 | 0 Comments

The global travel and tourism industry will inevitably contract and decline significantly, as the Corona Virus Pandemic continues its devastating journey through the world economy. For the Caribbean, a region wholly dependent upon tourism for its economic existence, this will be no easy time. Social distancing on airplanes; testing and quarantine of travelers upon arrival; […]

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