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Edwin Wilberforce Carrington
Sir Edwin Wilberforce Carrington, TC, CM, KCN, CHB, OCC
Former Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)

Sir Edwin Wilberforce Carrington is the former Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), serving from 1992–2010.

Academic career

Born in Parlatuvier in Tobago, Carrington attended the University College of the West Indies and McGill University, Montreal, Canada, earning a BA degree in Economics. He subsequently earned a MA degree in economics from the University of the West Indies. He briefly served as a Junior Research Fellow at the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER), University of the West Indies (UWI).

Diplomatic career

Carrington joined the CARIFTA Secretariat, as CARICOM was then called, advancing to the position of Director of the Trade and Integration Division. In 1975, Carrington served as the CARICOM representative during negotiations for the Lomé Convention. From 1985 to 1990, Carrington served as Secretary-General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP), previously serving as Deputy Secretary-General from 1977. He became the Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community in August 1992 serving until December 2010. This tenure marks him as the longest serving Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community. He currently serves as the Ambassador of Trinidad and Tobago to the Caribbean Community.

Honours and awards

Sir Edwin has been the recipient of numerous awards:

  • Knight Commander of the Order of the Nation (Antigua and Barbuda)
  • Trinity Cross
  • Chaconia Medal
  • Companion of Honour of Barbados
  • Member of the Order of the Caribbean Community
  • Grand Cross with Silver Breast Star of the Order of Merit of Duarte, Sanchez and Mella
  • The Cacique's Crown of Honour
  • Honorary Member of the Order of Jamaica
  • Grand Cordon of the Honorary Order of the Yellow Star
  • Commander of the Order of Civil Merit (Spain)
  • Commander of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic
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Edwin Carrington
Occupation Economist
Place of Birth Parlatuvier, Tobago
Notable Accomplishments
Secretary General of CARICOM: August 1992-December 2010
Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago
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