Another Grenadian has landed a top job in the sub-regional Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).
Dr. Brian Francis is due to take up the post of Director of Economic Affairs and Regional Integration on September 1 at its head office in St. Lucia.
In this Senior Position, Dr. Francis will be responsible for the following key Departments – Regional Integration (OECS Economic Union); Competitive Business; Economic Development Policy including Agriculture and Tourism; Research, Data, Management and Visualization; Trade Policy and Negotiations; and the OECS Mission in Geneva.
The local economist who currently works and lives in Barbados is imminently qualified and experienced for the position, armed with a a PH.D in Economics from the University of Florida with specialisation in International Trade and Economic Development, an MSC in Development Finance from the University of London and a BSC in Economics (with first class honours) from the UWI, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados.
Dr. Francis is a former Permanent Secretary/Director-General in the Ministry of Finance, where he provided technical leadership in government’s budget and fiscal policies, debt management, economic growth and development, economic planning and trade policy.
He also worked in the Ministry of Tourism, Barbados; the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) and most recently as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics at the UWI, Cave Hill Campus since 2004.
He has done consultancies for a number of Regional and International Organisations as well as governments.
As an academic, Dr. Francis has published extensively in various regional and global scholarly journals in fields such as international business, competitiveness, finance, trade, and economic growth and development.
He has also taught numerous courses in these areas in both the undergraduate and graduate programmes at the UWI and supervised various students’ theses and dissertations at the Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral levels.
In speaking to THE NEW TODAY, Dr. Francis emphasised his deep passion to serve the people of the sub-region and plans to work closely with all the OECS governments and other stakeholders.
Dr. Francis will be taking up his new appointment on secondment for two years from his present employer, the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados.
This newspaper understands that Dr. Francis will use his stint at the OECS Commission to try and reconfigure the economic architecture of the Member Countries of the OECS to redound to the benefit of the people of the sub-region who are so desperately in need of some urgent relief, economically and financially.
His appointments follows closely on the heels of another former PS in Finance, Timothy Antoine who is now serving as Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) in St. Kitts.