The Order of the Caribbean Community will be awarded to the former CARICOM Secretary General Irwin LaRoque. It is the region’s highest award.
A statement from CARICOM said that LaRocque, who served as secretary general from 2011-21, is being honored for “his services to the Community”.
LaRoque is a Dominica, who began his service at the Guyana-based CARICOM Secretariat in September 2005, when he assumed the position of Assistant Secretary-General, Trade and Economic Integration, providing strategic leadership for the continuing implementation and further development of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).
In that post Ambassador LaRocque provided strategic leadership for the continuing implementation and further development of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).
He also served as the principal advisor to the Government of Dominica on all matters pertaining to economic integration and regional and international trade.
He also served as the Chairman of the Consultative Working Group, a public/private sector consultative and advisory committee appointed by Cabinet, with focus on the enabling environment for private sector development and growth.
He has served on several Boards, including the Caribbean Community Climate Change Center, Caribbean Export, the Dominica Agricultural, Industrial and Development Bank, and the Dominica National Development Corporation. Ambassador LaRocque also managed diplomatic negotiations with third countries and international development partners.
Ambassador LaRocque was educated at Queen’s College and the New School for Social Research, both in New York, and New York University and majored in Political Philosophy, Pure Economics and Political Economics.