.PLACENCIA, Belize, Thursday February 18, 2016 – CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has been re-appointed to a second term of office.
CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister of Belize Dean Barrow, made the announcement during the closing press conference of the CARICOM Heads of Government Inter-sessional Meeting in Belize yesterday.
LaRocque’s initial five-year appointment ends in August, but Barrow told the media that Heads of Government decided to deal with the matter of his reappointment at this session, because they felt the next meeting in July was too close to the expiration of the appointment.
“I’m pleased to say that there was unanimous agreement for the SG’s reappointment,” the host prime minister 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.”
The Dominican is the seventh Secretary-General of CARICOM.