Ambassador Irwin LaRocque is serving as the Secretary General of the Caribbean Community since 2001 with his term coming to an end in August 2016. According to Prime Minister Dean Barrow, who is currently the Chair for CARICOM, the next meeting for CARICOM would be in July and thus the issue of the Secretary General’s post came up at this 27th Inter-sessional meeting.
Prime Minister Dean Barrow – CARICOM Chairman
“We agreed to the reappointment of the secretary general for another term of office. He was initially appointed for five years and that period comes to an end in August. We thought we would deal with the question of renewal of appointment now because the next meeting will be too close to the August expiration date and I am pleased to say that there was unanimous agreement for the SG’s appointment. 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 of work, 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, accessible, any head can get him at any time including very early in the morning. I have not myself had to trouble him with any 2am call but all together I really am pleased to say what a tremendous job of work this secretary general has done.”
Ambassador LaRocque, who is from Dominica, is the seventh Secretary General of the Caribbean Community and succeeded Edwin Carrington from Trinidad.