Dr. Carla Barnett was installed as the new secretary-general of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) during a ceremony Monday.
Prime Minister Gaston Browne of Antigua and Barbuda, who is the chairman of CARICOM, welcomed the new secretary-general and brought greetings from the Conference of CARICOM Heads of Government.
Speaking during the ceremony, Barnett outlined her vision for CARICOM and indicated some matters that will occupy her immediate attention.
A native of Belize, Barnett, first woman and the youngest person appointed as Deputy-Secretary of CARICOM (1997 -2002), is an economist who has also broken other barriers as a professional in the English-speaking Caribbean, including becoming the first woman appointed as deputy governor of the Central Bank, and as financial secretary in Belize.
She also worked at the Caribbean Development Bank as country economist and vice president, operations.
She is a longtime advocate for gender equality, “not only because it is the right thing to do to create a more stable and equitable society, but also because gender equality is good economic policy.”
Barnett takes over from Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, Dominican economist who served from 2011-2021.  She is the eighth secretary-general of CARICOM and its predecessor the Caribbean Free Trade Association (CARIFTA).

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