CARICOM Leaders have agreed to appoint longtime Belizean Diplomat, Dr. Carla Barnett as the new Secretary General of the regional body.
Dr. Barnett will be the first woman to lead the 47-year-old organisation.
At a special meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government this morning, Dr. Barnett emerged as the unanimous choice.
She replaces Ambassador Irwin LaRoque and will assume office in August. Ambassador LaRoque has been serving as CARICOM Secretary General for the past 10 years.
Dr. Barnett is a former Deputy Secretary General of CARICOM and also served her home country of Belize as theVice President of the country’s senate. She also held a number of Ministerial portfolios in Belize over the years.
The incoming Secretary General attained her Ph.D. in Social Sciences from the University of the West Indies in Jamaica and 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 UWI.
CARICOM Heads of Government have extended best wishes to their new Secretary General, who will be based in Guyana.