Swinburne A. S. Lestrade Former Director General of OECS
Swinburne A. S. Lestrade is a Dominican economist who served as Director General of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States from 1996 - 2001.
Early life and education
He graduated with a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Economics from the University of the West Indies, and a MSc in Development Economics from the University of East Anglia.
Swinburne Lestrade served in various institutions including the CARICOM Secretariat, the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Caribbean Association of Industry and Commerce. He was the founding Executive Director of the Eastern Caribbean Investment Promotion Service in Washington DC before serving as Deputy Chief of the Caribbean Headquarters of UNECLAC. He was the first Director of the Economic Affairs Secretariat of the OECS, (1981-1987), and served as Director General of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States from 1996 to 2001.
Lestrade was Dominica’s Ambassador to the Organisation of American States and Ambassador-Designate to the USA, before he answered the call to return to Dominica in February 2002, to coordinate the country’s Programme of Fiscal and Economic Recovery. In this capacity, he successfully spearheaded the country’s strategy for recovering from a fiscal and economic crisis. This included a three-year IMF-supported PRGF programme and sovereign debt restructuring.
From early April 2006, Mr. Lestrade worked as a consultant, including a stint with USAID’s Caribbean Open Trade Support Project. In that capacity, he contributed to improving Dominica’s and Antigua and Barbuda’s investment and business climate, by establishing the Antigua and Barbuda Investment Authority and restructuring Dominica’s National Development Corporation into the Invest Dominica Authority and the Discover Dominica Authority.
He served as Senior Policy Adviser in the Office of the Prime Minister of Dominica from April 2007 to March 2008, during which period, he was the principal author of Dominica’s Growth and Social Protection Strategy.
Mr. Lestrade served for two years as Deputy Chairman of the Dominica Agricultural Industrial and Development (AID) Bank, and for one year as Chairman of the National Bank of Dominica. He currently serves on the Boards of the Invest Dominica Authority and Marpin 2K4.
Mr. Lestrade holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of the West Indies and a Master’s Degree in Development Economics from the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom.
Honours and wards
In November 2004 he was awarded Dominica’s second highest national honour, the Sisserou Award of Honour, for distinguished national and regional public service.
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