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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.

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