Magazine article International Trade Forum

Meet ITC's New Leaders

Magazine article International Trade Forum

Meet ITC's New Leaders

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Patricia Francis, Executive Director

An award-winning leader and business facilitator, Patricia R. Francis will head ITC from June 2006.

Mrs Francis comes to ITC from the Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), of which she has been President since 1995. It is the country's investment and export promotion agency. It is responsible for attracting investments to Jamaica and for developing and promoting Jamaican exports in targeted markets.

Under Mrs Francis' guidance, JAMPRO has undertaken significant modernization while facilitating Jamaica's leadership in the region's foreign direct investment, which reached a record US$ 720.1 million in 2003. JAMPRO's advocacy and facilitation contributed significantly to another milestone, which saw Jamaica ranked in the top ten of the World Bank's "best places to do business" in 2003.

On the export side, JAMPRO's clients have increased sales by 17%, thanks to a number of technical assistance programmes. The organization is currently managing a private sector development programme valued at euro 28.7 million (US$ 34m). The project, jointly funded by the European Union and the Government of Jamaica, is the third of its kind that JAMPRO has managed in ten years. In 2004. JAMPRO won an award from fellow trade promotion organizations (TPOs), at their World Conference, for the "Best Trade Promotion Agency from a Small Country". Its innovative systems and services to support the organization and its customers were winning factors.

Mrs Francis is a member of the Development Council, a committee of the Cabinet of Jamaica responsible for policy development for the country, as well as a Board member of the National Investment Bank of Jamaica and the Planning Institute of Jamaica. In 2004 she completed her second term as President of the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies, which under her leadership expanded its membership to 165 agencies in over 140 countries while increasing the level of service provided to its members.

Mrs Francis is also involved in several Caribbeanwide leadership positions, including Chairman of the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development's Caribbean Rim Investment Initiative. It assists countries that are members of the forum of Caribbean ACP (African, Caribbean and Pacific) States to improve their business processes.

She also chairs the China-Caribbean Business Forum, set up to support business initiatives between China and Caribbean countries. …

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