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Joint WTO-UNCTAD-ITC press release
Ms. Francis, a citizen of Jamaica, will serve for a period of three
years, beginning in June 2006.
“Patricia Francis will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to
ITC. I look forward to working closely with her to further the interests
of developing countries”, Mr. Lamy said.
“Ms. Francis's many years of work on the development dimension of trade
and investment, both for her own country and for other developing
nations, will be invaluable for ITC”, concurred Supachai Panitchpakdi,
Secretary-General of UNCTAD.
“I am delighted that Patricia Francis has agreed to lead ITC in its
quest for new heights in helping the poor benefit from trade. Her drive,
vision and unique background in trade and investment promotion will be a
real asset for the organization and its clients”, said J. Denis Bélisle,
current head of ITC.
Ms. Francis has extensive management experience in the fields of trade
promotion and technical assistance to developing countries. She will
have an important role to play in further developing the International
Trade Centre, whose mission is to help to promote exports of developing
countries and countries in transition.
Ms. Francis has held several important posts in both government and the
private sector. She served as president of JAMPRO, Jamaica Promotions
Corporation, for the past 10 years, and was formerly president of the
World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies. She has worked with
ITC to develop a national export strategy for Jamaica. Ms. Francis was
chair of the China-Caribbean Business Forum, and as a management
consultant advised Latin American and Caribbean countries.
ITC was created by the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) in