St. Lucian diplomat appointed Secretary General of regional body

Dr. June Soomer (right) pictured in 2012 with Ambassador Irwin LaRocque (L), Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community

St. Lucian diplomat, Dr. June Soomer has been appointed Secretary General of the Trinidad based regional body – the Association of Caribbean States (ACS).

Soomer’s position was confirmed at the recent inter-sessional summit of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders in Belize.

Soomer, who was selected by the Ministerial Council for a four-year term on the basis of rotation, will replace Secretary General Alfonso Múnera Cavadía.

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The St. Lucian diplomat, who will be the first woman to head the regional body, currently serves as St. Lucia’s Ambassador to CARICOM and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and has responsibility for Diaspora issues.

Soomer received her Ph.D. in History from the University of the West Indies in 1994 and since then has lectured at the University of the West Indies, the University of North Carolina (Wilmington), the University of North Carolina Central and was a visiting lecturer at the University of San Francisco.

She also served at the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank from 1996 – 2006 in the area of Human Resource Development and Strategic Planning and served as Advisor, Organisation Development and Strategic Planning.

 

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