Posted: Wednesday, April 7, 2021. 2:34 pm CST.
By Zoila Palma: Today, the Caribbean Women in Leadership (CIWIL) extended congratulations to Dr. Carla Barnett for being nominated by the Government of Belize for the post of Secretary General of CARICOM.
Chairperson of CIWIL Belize, Sharmayne Saunders, said that they are excited about the nomination because if successful, it would be the first time since the establishment of CARICOM 53 years ago that a woman would be appointed to hold the chief executive position of the Caribbean Community.
“Having just celebrated Women’s Month, this is exciting news for Belize and the region. It is a strong statement by the Government of Belize choosing to challenge by nominating a woman in this pivotal regional leadership position”, Dr. Saunders said.
CIWIL noted that “Dr. Barnett brings extensive experience and is eminently qualified to assume this role which is pivotal to the region particularly at this time when the Caribbean Community has been particularly and disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change which has resulted in severe economic constraints”.
Dr. Barnett as a former Deputy Secretary General of CARICOM, comes with extensive experience and therefore, CIWIL believes that she is “cognizant of the duties, responsibilities and work ahead of the CARICOM Secretariat”.
Dr. Barnett has also served as a Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Belize, Vice-President (Operations) of the Caribbean Development Bank, a Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance in Belize, a consultant to several agencies in the Caribbean working on economic development and was instrumental in the first debt restructuring for Belize. Dr. Carla Barnett is also one of the members of CIWIl Belize who initiated the discussions on the formation of the chapter, advocating for more women in leadership.
“CIWIL Belize applauds this nomination of one of its outstanding members. Further to being best suited to move the CARICOM Secretariat forward in these challenging times, Dr. Barnett will also be an inspiration to many of our Belizean young girls and women and the wider Caribbean sisterhood,” the organization said.
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