CARICOM to name new Secretary General by mid-week

The new secretary general is expected to lead the reform of the Guyana-based CARICOM Secretariat.

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Denzil Douglas

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada, CMC – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) governments will name a secretary general by the middle of this week, CARICOM Chairman Dr. Denzil Douglas has said here.

Dr. Douglas, the Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, said that the CARICOM Bureau met in Barbados on Saturday to interview the five candidates for the position that became vacant following Sir Edwin Carrington’s decision to step down at the start of the year after 18 years on the job.

The three members of the Bureau – Dr. Douglas, Suriname President Desi Bouterse and Grenada’s Prime Minister Tillman Thomas – were joined by host Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, to interview the candidates that include the present Assistant Secretary General, Trade and Economic Integration, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and the St. Vincent and the Grenadines diplomat Ellsworth John.

“The three leaders of the Bureau of the Conference of Heads, together with the Prime Minister of Barbados, completed the exercise of interviewing five Caribbean people for the distinguished post of Secretary General of CARICOM,” Dr. Douglas said.

He said he will inform his other regional colleagues during this week with the intent of completing the screening exercise and announcing the new CARICOM Secretary General by the middle of this week.

“Over the next few days as I make contact with our Caribbean leaders, we would be able to complete the exercise and by midweek hopefully of this week, we would have identified the new Secretary General of our CARICOM Community.”

The new secretary general is expected to lead the reform of the Guyana-based CARICOM Secretariat that the regional leaders at heir annual summit in St. Kitts earlier this month noted “ is the first in a series of initiatives mandated by the Heads of Government towards improving governance arrangements within the Community.

“The Review of the CARICOM Secretariat will be followed by a review of all Organizations’ and Institutions established within the Community,” the leaders said in their communiqué.

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