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Stabroek News Sunday - - REGIONAL NEWS - By Mi­randa La Rose

It was dur­ing his for­ma­tive years, liv­ing and trav­el­ling through the Caribbean that Zu­bin Deyal’s love for its var­ied beauty and nu­ances de­vel­oped and he recog­nised the im­prove­ments that sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment could yield for the re­gion.

“I take great pride in be­ing a child of the Caribbean,” Deyal, the lat­est Com­mon­wealth Caribbean Rhodes Scholar and a self-de­scribed ‘Caribbean na­tional’ told Sun­day Stabroek in an in­ter­view. “The beauty of the coun­tries in our re­gion and the sim­i­lar­i­ties of our cul­tures is some­thing which should tran­scend all dis­crim­i­na­tion. We are one Caribbean and it is time we cre­ate a fu­ture that works for all of us, es­pe­cially the next gen­er­a­tion. For, in the end, if we are not for each other, then who will be?” he asked.

Deyal, 20, was born in Bar­ba­dos to Guyanese jour­nal­ist and Stabroek News colum­nist In­dranie De­o­lall and Trinida­dian jour­nal­ist Tony Deyal. By the age of eight, he had al­ready lived in Bar­ba­dos, Trinidad and Tobago, Belize, and An­tigua and Bar­buda.

A re­search as­sis­tant at the In­ter-Amer­i­can De­vel­op­ment Bank, he re­cently ob­tained a Bach­e­lor’s De­gree in Eco­nom­ics and Finance with first class hon­ours from the Univer­sity of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill Cam­pus.

Hav­ing gained the cov­eted Com­mon­wealth Caribbean Rhodes Schol­ar­ship, which will pro­vide full fund­ing for two years, en­abling him to study at the pres­ti­gious Univer­sity of Ox­ford, in Eng­land, Deyal plans to pur­sue two Mas­ter’s de­grees— one in Eco­nom­ics for De­vel­op­ment and the other in Fi­nan­cial Eco­nom­ics—to as­sist in designing poli­cies that will en­cour­age growth in the re­gion and mo­bilise fi­nances for this pur­pose.

It should be noted that while Deyal now feels pas­sion­ately about the sub­jects of finance and eco­nom­ics, his love for those dis­ci­plines was only re­cently cul­ti­vated.

Deyal en­tered UWI at 16years-old, fresh out of the St Joseph Academy, in An­tigua and Bar­buda, where he had gained 16 sub­jects at the Caribbean Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion Cer­tifi­cate ex­am­i­na­tion, with 13 grade ones and three grade twos.

“I had to push my­self to over­come a reg­is­tra­tion er­ror that pre­vented me from do­ing a de­gree in physics within a new en­vi­ron­ment re­plete with al­co­hol, par­ty­ing, and drugs,” he ex­plained.

The en­thu­si­asm he now has for eco­nom­ics, finance, and ser­vice, Deyal said, came while he at­tended UWI. “Since I ad­justed and set­tled on a de­gree in eco­nom­ics and finance, I have be­come en­grossed by the con­cept of Caribbean de­vel­op­ment, which has been sti­fled by low growth economies, lim­ited fi­nanc­ing, and poor plan­ning,” he said.

He be­lieves that “wellde­signed and co­or­di­nated poli­cies are the key to solv­ing these is­sues and achiev­ing sus­tain­abil­ity. In par­tic­u­lar, strate­gies en­cour­ag­ing cit­i­zens trad­ing stocks and bonds on re­gional mar­kets would mo­bilise oth­er­wise un­used fi­nances for de­vel­op­ment.”

Asked for his thoughts on man­ag­ing Guyana’s ex­pected oil rev­enues, Deyal said the “ma­jor­ity should be placed into a sta­bil­i­sa­tion fund, ac­cess to which should


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