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CARICOM heads select first woman as next secretary general

Published:Thursday | May 13, 2021 | 12:17 AM
Dr Carla Barnett
Dr Carla Barnett

CARICOM heads of government agreed unanimously for Dr Carla Barnett, a national of Belize, to become the next secretary general.

Barnett is the first woman and the first Belizean to be selected for the post. She will replace Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, who is completing his second term. She will assume office on August 15.

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 (CDB).

Barnett attained her Ph.D. in social sciences from the University of the West Indies, (UWI) Mona campus. 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.