The Caribbean Community has learned with
great sadness of the recent death of former Secretary-General of CARICOM,
Dr. Kurleigh King of Barbados.
Dr. King was Secretary-General of CARICOM
from 1979-1983. He assumed the position of Secretary-General at a particularly
difficult period in the life of the integration movement including a two-year
hiatus in the filling of that post. His tenure was notable for the great
managerial and organisational skills he brought to the Community. Indeed
his work in developing the administrative structures of the Secretariat
is still evident, forming as it does the base upon which subsequent refinements
have been built. Dr. King will also be remembered for his achievement in
placing greater emphasis on issues relating to human and social development
- the so-called quality of life issues.
Prior to his assuming duty as Secretary-General
of the Community, Dr. King was a senior official of the Caribbean Development
Bank serving as Director of the Industry Division, a position for which
his earlier experience as General Manager of the Barbados Industrial Development
Corporation had obviously prepared him. On completing his tenure at the
Secretariat, Dr. King returned to Barbados and served as Governor of the
Central Bank of Barbados.
Upon his departure from public life in
the Caribbean, Dr. King - who had in his earlier professional life taught
at Colombia University - returned to University life and devoted his time
to spreading the message of Transcendental Meditation.
Dr. King has thus made an invaluable all-round
contribution to the development of his country and Region.
The Community mourns his passing and conveys
its deep condolences to his family.