The executive director of the Barbados-based Caribbean Export Development Agency (CEDA), Pamela Coke-Hamilton, has been appointed as the director of the Division on International Trade and Commodities (ITC), in the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).
UNCTAD is the main U.N. body dealing with trade, investment and development issues.
UNCTAD Secretary General Mukhisa Kituyl, who made the announcement, said that Coke-Hamilton was appointed after a “highly competitive and robust selection process” and brings to the position “a deep knowledge of international trade and extensive experience in development policy, private sector development, capacity building and technical cooperation gained from her tenure with regional and international organizations”.
He said that Coke-Hamilton, who is due to take up her appointment in September, has spearheaded major regional private sector development and wider cooperation programmes in her position as CEDA executive director, including the design and launch of the Women Empowered through Export Platform (WeXport), flagship publication Caribbean Export Outlook, the Regional Market Intelligence Portal, innovative platforms for market penetration such as Design Caribbean, Caribbean Essence and Caribbean Kitchen.
He said she has also worked in promoting the creative industries sector as well as increasing entrepreneurship growth across the region.
Previously, she has served as the Regional Hub Coordinator for the Caribbean in the Integration and Trade Department of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) where she spearheaded the Aid for Trade initiative for the Caribbean and as the Director of Trade and Competitiveness at the Organization of American States (OAS) dealing with issues facing small island developing states and small economies in international trade and globalization.
The outgoing CEDA executive was also instrumental in the design and implementation of the Masters in International Trade Policy (MITP) Programme at the University of the West Indies (UWI), which has provided increased depth to the region’s trade policy capability.
She was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Laws for her contribution in this arena. Coke-Hamilton holds a Juris Doctor in Law from the Georgetown University School of Law in Washington, DC, and a BSc in International Relations and Economics from the UWI.