The European Union has appointed itself God. The God of taxes, the God of anti-money laundering, and the God of combatting the financing of terrorism. The EU has appointed itself the God of compliance. Just like that. (…) The EU grants itself and its friends eternal salvation and condemns to Hell whomever it wants with its blacklists. (…) The EU as an institution has adopted a discriminatory stance against some of the world’s smallest and most disadvantaged countries.

In this talk, Marla Dukharan challenges the world to consider, what would be different if the world’s smallest countries were given a fair chance? Allowed to play on a level playing field. In this captivating talk, she outlines how the current rules as played by the European Union make it unfair for small island states. She asks the EU to play a fair game so small island states are given a chance to thrive.

Marla Dukharan has a clear and deep commitment to making a difference in the Caribbean, and this is the driving force behind her career and work. Marla is recognized as a leading economist and advisor in the Caribbean, and is known for her insightful and frequent analysis on the regional implications of international events. She has taken a leading role in driving discussion, public policy formation and action that foster gender equality, reduce income inequality, and promote new models of fiscal and economic resilience to lead the region toward a more prosperous and sustainable future. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.