Haslyn Parris (born 2 March, 1941) holds degrees in Mathematics (Bsc. Special,
UCWI, Mona -1962), Economics (Bsc. Hons -1966, LSE), and Economics
specialising in Statistics (Msc. -1967, LSE).
His career has encompassed the positions of Mathematics Teacher at Queen's College (1962
- 1963), Senior Economist at the Central Bank of Guyana (1967 - 1969), Chief Economist
of the Central Bank of Guyana (1969 - 1971), Chief Executive Officer, Guybau and
subsequently Guymine (1971 - 1981), Chairman of Guyconstruct (1976 - 1980), Chairman
of the Bauxite Industry Development Company, BIDCO (1982 - 1983), Deputy Chairman
of the State Planning Commission (1977 - 1983), Chairman of the State Planning
Commission (1983 - 1991), and Deputy Prime Minister responsible for Planning and
Development (1984 -1991).
Early in the 1970s he became a member of the Central Executive of the then ruling People's
National Congress, and continued to formally be a member of that Party and its Central
Executive until 1992. The more than a quarter of a century of intimate exposure to
academic, public sector and private sector business activities (including being on Boards
of several companies), and politics, has provided interesting insights into the economic
development process, both nationally and internationally (all gained at ringside or in the
ring so to speak).
On 1 May, 1991, Mr Parris demitted office as Deputy Prime Minister, at the age of 50 years
and having been the recipient of several academic and other awards, the most prestigious
being the national award, Cacique Crown of Honour (C.C.H.) in 1980. He opted for a
private life in the private sector as an author and a consultant.
More recently, Mr Parris has been involved in: the negotiations leading to the Herdmanston
Accord (17 Jan 1998); the Constitution Reform Commission of which he was Secretary
(1999); the Oversight Committee on Constitutional Reform (1999 / 2000) as Coordinator;
and the Guyana Elections Commission (2001) as a Commissioner - a position he currently
He has written five books since 1991 - Bunaro (a set of essays on economic development
relevant to Guyana); two volumes of thought provoking essays entitled "some (and then
some more) of my favourite Heresies"; and two volumes of short stories entitled "Ribald
tales of Guyana". He is in the process of publishing an Annotated Handbook on the
Constitution Reform Commission Report.