14th Sir Arthur Lewis Memorial Lecture 4 November 2009 Sir Cecil Jacobs Auditorium, ECCB Headquarters St Kitts and Nevis
Above all, however, governments need to have a human face and care about general welfare,
something that Arthur Lewis took as a given but merits re-emphasising, especially lately. Good governance is not only whether elections are held and whether they are honest. It is also whether those with wealth can exercise undo power over decision-making and whether wealth accumulation becomes obscene. We see this being played out on Wall Street today.
Some say it's a difficult time to be an economist, or even worse, a banker. I disagree. It's merely a difficult time to be a citizen, especially an international citizen. Arthur Lewis was one such outstanding global citizen, contributing far beyond his home, and it is in his memory that I dedicate these humble remarks.
Thank you very much.