International Trade Centre new Executive Director: Ms. Pamela Coke-Hamilton of Jamaica

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UNCTAD director appointed as new head of the International Trade Centre

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed the director of UNCTAD’s division on international trade and commodities, Pamela Coke-Hamilton, as the new executive director of the International Trade Centre (ITC) in Geneva. She succeeds Arancha González Laya of Spain to whom the Secretary-General has expressed appreciation for her dedicated service to the Organization.  Read more about international organizations HERE.

UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi congratulated Ms. Coke-Hamilton on the appointment and thanked her for her dedicated service to the organization.

“I wish her well in her new appointment. I am confident that she is the right person for the role at the right time, particularly in light of the current challenges facing MSMEs brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Dr. Kituyi said.

Currently Director of the Division on International Trade and Commodities at UNCTAD, Ms. Coke-Hamilton brings a breadth of experience and expertise in trade-related capacity-building and sustainable development, having served with the Jamaican Government, the Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM) Member States in trade negotiations and multilateral institutions, including the Organization of American States and InterAmerican Development Bank.  She previously served as Executive Director of the Caribbean Export Development Agency, strengthening the capacity of private sector and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) through investment promotion.

She brings a deep understanding of the challenges faced by vulnerable economies such as the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) having designed tailored interventions.  She has worked extensively with the private sector across the African Caribbean and Pacific countries as well as with universities and academia to build trade-related institutional strength within Member States.  As a strong proponent of gender equality and mainstreaming in trade, she established the Women Empowered through Export (WeXport) platform to address the disadvantages women owned firms experience in accessing markets.

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ITC is a joint agency of UNCTAD and the World Trade Organization. It enables micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in developing and transition economies to become more competitive and connect to international markets for trade and investment.

Ms. Coke-Hamilton will be leading the organization at a pivotal moment given the catastrophic impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has unleashed on the global trading system, particularly on MSMEs in developing countries, with ITC required to play a vital role in assisting in building stronger and more resilient businesses and countries.

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