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Dr Carla Barnett becomes first female CARICOM secretary general

Published:Tuesday | May 11, 2021 | 3:26 PM
She will assume office on August 15.

Belizean Dr Carla Barnett has been selected as the new Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the first woman to hold the post. 

The unanimous decision was made at a virtual special session of CARICOM heads of government today.

Barnett will replace Ambassador Irwin LaRocque who is completing his second term.

She will assume office on August 15.

Heads of Government, in congratulating Barnett on her selection, recognised the historic moment for the community.

A former deputy secretary-general of CARICOM, Barnett 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.

Barnett attained her Ph.D. in Social Sciences from the University of the West Indies, (UWI) Mona Campus in Jamaica.

She also holds a Master of Science degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario in Canada, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the UWI.

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