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First female and Belizean appointed as CARICOM Secretary-General

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St. Kitts and Nevis, along with 14 other members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), welcomed the newly appointed 8th Secretary General of CARICOM, Belizean diplomat, Dr. Carla Barnett.

A brief virtual ceremony streamed on Monday, August 16th was held for the Secretary-General.

Dr. Barnett, who is the first female and the first Belizean to be selected for the position, is a former CARICOM Deputy Secretary General, who also served as the vice president of the Belize Senate.

Here is an excerpt from her speech on Monday:

 

Dr. Carla Barnett.

 

She replaces Dominican-born diplomat, Irwin LaRocque, who had been in the position for the past 10 years.