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    Meet ITC's New Leaders


    © International Trade Centre, International Trade Forum - Issue 1/2006 

    © JAMPRO 

    Patricia Francis takes over as Executive Director of ITC in June 2006, with Stephen Browne as the Deputy Executive Director.

    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 € 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 Caribbean-wide 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. She was recently honoured by the Caribbean-Central American Action Council, based in Washington D.C., for her leadership and support for their advocacy on matters related to the region.

    Before joining JAMPRO, Mrs Francis was Managing Director of Project Development Services and Associates, a financial and management consulting firm.

    Stephen Browne, Deputy Executive Director

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    With 29 years' experience in the United Nations system, Stephen Browne directs operations at ITC with a mix of policy and field work skills.

    Stephen Browne, a British national, joined ITC as its Deputy Executive Director in March 2006.

    Trained as an international economist at the Universities of Cambridge and Paris, Mr Browne began his career as a consultant in London with the Economist Intelligence Unit. In 1976, he joined the United Nations (UN), where he has spent the last 29 years.

    He was employed first as a researcher at the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. He then spent 21 years with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with assignments at headquarters in New York and in the field.

    He was posted to Thailand, Somalia, Ukraine and Rwanda, where he was Assistant, Deputy and then UNDP Resident Representative and UN Resident Coordinator. He was the first UN Representative in Ukraine, heading an office that served the UN system as a whole. During his appointment in Rwanda, four years after the genocide, he was mainly concerned with organizing UN assistance in the post-conflict transition from a humanitarian to a development phase. At the time of his assignment, it was UNDP's largest country office (160 people) in a country with 1,500 UN staff from various agencies.

    At headquarters in New York, he served in various capacities, including leader of the Management Development Group and the Information and Communication Technology for Development Group. He has been responsible for UNDP's trade portfolio and for collaboration with ITC and UNCTAD. For his third stint at headquarters, he was in charge of economic and social policy, including trade and globalization issues.

    His last post was head of policy and programmes at the UNDP Regional Centre in Bangkok.

    Mr Browne has published four books on aid and development (a fifth is in progress) and about 100 articles on development topics. He is a regular participant in international conferences on globalization and other issues.