The region’s export marketing and investment promotion body, Caribbean Export Development Agency, has appointed Trinidad and Tobago-born Deodat Maharaj to lead the organisation effective February 1, 2021.
According to Caribbean Export, Maharaj “has extensive experience in international trade, working with the private sector, governments, and multi-lateral institutions in a career spanning more than 25 years.
“He knows the region well, having lived and worked in Barbados, Guyana, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago; served with the Caribbean Development Bank; and has consistently championed the development agenda of the region in his various roles,” a release from the agency added.
Maharaj’s has also served as deputy secretary general of the 54-nation Commonwealth where he spearheaded the trade and investment agenda for the Commonwealth across its developing country membership in the Caribbean, Pacific, Africa, and Asia.
He was also integral in establishing the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council and sat on its Advisory Board for three years
To this end, Caribbean Export commends its newly appointed executive director for understanding the critical role that private sector plays as a partner, with governments, to facilitate development and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
The organisation further justifies Maharaj’s appointment by noting, “He also recognises the importance of creating an enabling environment for business to succeed and the imperative of attracting foreign direct investment in regions such as ours.”
Beyond the Caribbean, he worked with the United Nations in senior roles in the field and at its headquarters while residing in the United Kingdom, USA, Tanzania and Mozambique.
“It is an honour and privilege to lead Caribbean Export and to serve our region. I look forward to working with all stakeholders to help advance a truly transformational agenda for Caribbean resilience,” Maharaj commented on his appointment
A graduate of The University of the West Indies, Maharaj holds several qualifications including a bachelor’s in government, Master of Science in International Affairs and Bachelor of Laws with a legal practice certificate.