Posted: Tuesday, December 28, 2021. 5:43 pm CST.
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: “It has also been a landmark year for our Community as Dr. Carla Barnett, a national of Belize, became the first woman to become the Secretary-General of CARICOM,” said outgoing Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda in his End of Year Message.
“Heads of Government look forward to working with her in continuing the quest for the sustainable development of the Community.”
Dr. Barnett replaced Ambassador Irwin LaRocque who, according to Browne, advanced the regional agenda through commitment and hard work.
Apart from being the first woman to serve as Secretary-General of CARICOM, Dr. Barnett also became the first Belizean to hold this esteemed regional post. She was installed on Monday, August 16, 2021 after being unanimously appointed by the CARICOM Heads of Government.
Upon taking up her office, Dr. Barnett committed to “invite community stakeholders in all sectors including the media to reach out to the secretariat letting us know their fears, their concerns, their vision for the future of the community and telling us how they feel they can contribute to continuing the building of our community. This must be our mantra as we seek to build a truly integrated, inclusive, and resilient community that is driven by knowledge, excellence, innovation, and productivity where every citizen is secure with guaranteed human rights and social justice and contributes to and shares in its economic, social and cultural prosperity.”
Dr. Barnett was also the first female Deputy Secretary-General of CARICOM, a capacity she held from 1997 to 2002.
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