New Executive Director for Caribbean Export: Lady fills the post and looks forward to new challenges

Ms Coke Hamilton holds a juris doctor in law from the Georgetown University School of Law in Washington, D.C., USA and a BSc in International Relations and Economics from the University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica. She has published several papers on trade policy, the most recent being Aid for Trade and the Caribbean; Why It Matters.

Pamela Coke Hamilton has been appointed Executive Director of the Caribbean Export Development Agency with effect from November 1, 2010. Ms Coke Hamilton has an intimate knowledge of Caribbean external and internal trade policy and more than 20 years’ experience in trade policy formulation, capacity building, negotiations and implementation, working at national, regional and multilateral levels.

Prior to joining Caribbean Export, Ms Coke Hamilton served as Regional Hub Coordinator for the Caribbean in the Integration and Trade Department of the Inter-American Development Bank and prior to that as Director of Trade and Competitiveness at the Organization of American States. She was also instrumental in the design and implementation of the Masters in International Trade Policy (MITP) Programme at the University of the West Indies, a flagship program which has provided increased depth to the regions trade policy capability.

Mrs Coke-Hamilton in expressing her views on the role of Caribbean Export in confronting the challenges of the world recession stated, “Given the global economic crisis which has prevailed since 2008 and which has had a severely deleterious impact on the member states of CARIFORUM, in particular the micro-states of the region, the enhancement of the regional private sector and export competitiveness will play a critical role not only in the economic recovery of the region but also the speed and sustainability of that recovery. I believe Caribbean Export has an integral part to play in driving the competitiveness agenda of the region and promoting increased innovation to facilitate long term sustainable development.”

She continued, “I am honoured to be a part of the team that will be engaged in the execution of such an important programme and vision at this decisive juncture in the region’s economic development. I trust I will be found worthy to the task.”

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