Irwin LaRocque gets second term as Secretary-General of CARICOM

CARICOM Secretary-General, Irwin LaRocque. PHOTO/Caribbean Community

Dominica’s Irwin LaRocque was last week voted to a second term of office as the Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat.

Current CARICOM Chair, Belizian Prime Minister Dean Barrow, made the announcement during the closing press conference of the regional body’s Heads of Government Inter-sessional meeting.

LaRocque’s initial five-year term ends in August this year, but Barrow told the media that Heads of Government decided to deal with the matter of his re-appointment at this session, because they felt the next meeting in July was too close to the expiration of the appointment.

“I am pleased to say that there was unanimous agreement for the Secretary-General’s reappointment,” Barrow disclosed.
“I want to make clear that, on a personal note, I am as convinced as anyone else, and perhaps more so, that the Secretary-General has done an exemplary job – his commitment to reform, the changes he has already made along the lines of obliging the Secretariat and the Community to become more productive, more efficacious, are well known. And he has done all this while remaining throughout, extremely even tempered and accessible.”

LaRocque is the 7th Secretary-General of CARICOM.