The Party said it is a well-merited appointment as Ms Coke-Hamilton brings to the position a reservoir of knowledge and expertise, having served in several positions in the Government of Jamaica, in the Caribbean as Executive Director of the Caribbean Export Development Agency and within the OAS and the United Nations. She has worked extensively with the private sector and has done much to strengthen the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) throughout the region through investment promotion and innovation.
Ms Coke-Hamilton is the second Jamaica woman who has emerged from the Jamaican public sector to occupy this position. Former president of JAMPRO, Pat Francis served as Executive Director of the ITC between 2006 and 2013.
We agree with the assessment of UN Secretary General that Ms Coke-Hamilton brings a profound understanding of the challenges faced by the Small Island States and the struggling economies throughout the region and the world, and would, therefore, bring about the fundamental changes necessary to advance their development. The challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic on vulnerable economies will demand her unique understanding and expertise.
“We do not doubt that Ms Coke-Hamilton will deliver on her remit and make us all proud as Jamaicans,” the PNP General Secretary said. Over time, we will look back at the contributions made by these Jamaican women to inspire the next generation, Mr Robinson said.
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