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UWI/UTT students for debate at Petroleum Conference

Trinidad and Tobago guardian
January 23rd, 2009
One of the interesting features of the T&T Petroleum Conference 2009 to be held at the beginning of next month by the South Trinidad Chamber of Industry and commerce (STCIC) will be a debate between students from the University of the West Indies and University of T&T.
The debate is scheduled for February 2, day one of the conference, being staged at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad Hotel, 1 Dock Road, Port-of-Spain. The resolution of the debate requires the students to deliberate on the Global Competitive Index for 2009, which is published by the World Economic Forum, and specifically examine T&T's ranking in the index against other countries in similar economic standing to either argue for or against the resolution.
The major author of the Global Competitive Index, Professor Xavier Sala-i-Martin, will deliver the keynote address for the conference as well as sit on the judging panel for the undergraduate debate.
Students will be assessed and evaluated on how well they argue and present their cases and not on whether they are right or wrong.
Sharane Simon, Nwoma Grant and Sherezz Grant from UWI will argue the proposing side of the resolution, facing Patrice Joseph, Brendon O Davy and Randall Ballack of the UTT, who will argue the opponent side of the resolution. They are all reading for their first degree in petroleum geosciences from the respective institutions.
The STCIC said in a statement that the principal objective of the debate is to stimulate discussion among young people on important issues of national concern such as the reality of the global economic and financial situation and the influence of this on T&T's energy driven economy.
The debate is also aimed at creating awareness at the undergraduate university level about the business of the STCIC and the benefits derived from such a large energy event. The chamber said such a debate will promote healthy intellectual competition and provide excellent profiling opportunities for both the UWI and UTT as the petroleum geosciences students of both institutions will be able to outline their views to an audience of primed and learned professionals as well as enlighten the public on such pressing issues.