GEORGETOWN, Oct 9 (NNN-Prensa Latina) — The Caribbean Community (CARICOM), through its Reparations Commission (CRC), will convene Thursday a symposium on ‘Western Banking, Colonialism and Reparations’ in Antigua and Barbuda.
The one-day event will explore the historical roots of Western banks in financing and profiteering from the enslavement of Africans and their descendants in the Diaspora.
Likewise, the meeting will identify the role of these financial entities in the support and expansion of colonial and neo-colonial rule in the Caribbean.
Participants at the symposium include the prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, and Professor Hilary Beckles, Chairman of the CRC and Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies in Barbados.
The event will bring together scholars, historians and reparations activists from several Caribbean countries, as well as from the United States, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
The meeting will also mark the second CARICOM Reparations Commission’s anniversary, an entity that develops research and publication projects on several issues of restorative justice. — NNN-PRENSA LATINA