CARICOM gets first ever women general-secretary

Dr. Carla Barnett of Belize has been selected as the new CARICOM Secretary-General  

Dr. Barnett will succeed Ambassador Irwin LaRocque whose tenure as Secretary-General concludes in three months. She takes up her position on 15 August. The selection was unanimous at a Special Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government held virtually on 11 May 2021, under the Chairmanship of Dr. the Hon. Keith Rowley, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago. 

Dr. Barnett is an economist. She was formerly vice president of the Belize Senate and has served in various ministerial capacities in her country’s government. She has also served as Financial Secretary of Belize and Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Belize, as well as Vice-President (Operations) of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). She was also a Deputy Secretary-General of CARICOM.

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