Caribbean 360 is reporting Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie has called on the University of the West Indies (UWI) to be more engaged in the area of research and public policy.
Prime Minister Christie told the Council meeting being attended by UWI Chancellor Sir George Alleyne and Vice Chancellor Professor E. Nigel Harris, that in the case of the Bahamas, the need for a closer link between research and public policy became clearer as his administration grappled with formulating a policy that would bring about the creation of the Bahamas Agricultural and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI).
“This will be placed in Andros which is the largest island in The Bahamas. This is a landmass which is larger than the island of Trinidad but with a population of less than ten thousand people. I am seeking to make a concerted effort for The Bahamas to develop its agricultural potential, and train farmers and fishermen who will not only conduct research and development but will grow food for our country. This is a determined effort to make the country more self-sufficient in food production.”
The Prime Minister wants more research coming from UWI instead of having to rely on research from colleges and universities in Florida (USA), namely the University of Florida and University of Miami. The meeting was held in Nassau.
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