Meredith Alister McIntyre

Meredith Alister McIntyre

Renowned Caribbean economist specializing in development issues and a defender of regional economic integration in the English-speaking Caribbean.

Sir Meredith Alister McIntyre was born on the island of Grenada. He graduated from the London School of Economics in Britain in 1957. He was an economics professor at the University of the West Indies (UWI) and was vice rector of the institution from 1978 to 1988. He also taught courses at Princeton and ColumbiaUniversities in the United States. He was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship. He also served as director of the Economic and Social Research Institute at the UWI from 1967 to 1974.

Beyond academia, he was secretary general of CARICOM from 1974 to 1977, where he actively promoted an integrationist agenda. He has held several United Nations posts, including assistant secretary general of the Office of Economic Development and has served as a consultant to the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank. He has also been a consultant on economic affairs to various Caribbean governments, including those of Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Belize and Guyana. He is currently technical adviser for the CARICOM Regional Negotiating Machinery.

He has published numerous essays about international trade and integration, including the following: “The Effects of Reverse Preferences on Trade Among Developing Countries” (1974); “The Political Economy of Independence for the Leeward and Windward Islands” (1975); “The Role of the Economic Integration Process in Regional Development: The Caribbean Experience” (1976); “Review of Integration Movements in the Third World with particular reference to the Caribbean Community” (1983); “Opening our Windows to the World” (1992); and “Trends in the International Business Environment: Guidelines for the Caribbean Private Sector” (1993).

He was knighted by the queen of England in 1992. He received the Order of Merit medal from the government of Jamaica in 1994, as well as the prestigious Order of the Caribbean Community medal the same year. In 2009, the Center for Multi-Racial Studies at the UWI in Cave Hill was renamed the Alister McIntyre Building, located in the CARICOM Research Park. The Alister McIntyre Buildinghouses the archives for the former West Indian Federation, as well as many documents related to the economic integrationist movement in general.

Author: Luis Galanes
Published: June 09, 2012.

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