‘The Caribbean Has Lost A Great Man’

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Opposition leader Allen Chastanet says the unexpected passing of former international tax and trade expert Ben Arrindell leaves him saddened and reflective.

Arrindell, who served as an adviser to the Barbados Government for over three decades, passed away on Wednesday.

“The Caribbean has lost a great man, a pioneer of the offshore financial sector and a member of the United Nations Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters,” Chastanet wrote on Facebook.

The former Saint Lucia Prime Minister noted that when the offshore financial sector was under attack by many international agencies, Arrindell was a pillar of strength, navigating the waters of the industry and guiding regional policy to the benefit of the sector and its many participants.

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“He was the expert in international tax, spending more than three decades in service to the region. Ben was a mentor to many and invaluable to those who had the pleasure and good fortune to benefit from his expertise, dedication, and friendship,” Chastanet recalled.

“He made his mark. As talented and successful as he was, he was never selfish. He was a giver, touching so many lives, leaving his footprint all over this region. My deepest sympathies go out to his family,” he said.

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  1. He’s dead, and is now seen as a great man. When he was alive, no one really heard of him.
    The hypocrisy of some individuals!!!

  2. Indeed they lost a great man…A smart man too,I’d love a job being an adviser for 30 years eating the Tax payers money.These so called great men if you really think about it haven’t done anything “great”…Are we just handing out being “great” to anyone these days? If he was so great maybe they should honor him with a statue…SMH these politicians are the scum of these earth & haven’t done anything to better the livelihoods of anyone but themselves & their friends.


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