Professor the Hon. Ambassador Richard L. Bernal OJ




Pro-Vice Chancellor, Global Affairs, University of the West Indies.


Ambassador Richard L. Bernal

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Senior Associate of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington DC

Ambassador Bernal, an economist was educated at the University of the West Indies, University of Pennsylvania, New School for Social Research and the School for Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University. He holds the degrees of B.Sc., MA, Ph.D. (Economics), and MIPP (International Public Policy).

Member of the Broad of Directors of the Inter-American Development Bank (2008-2016).

Previous to the IADB he Chief Trade Negotiator the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). As the Director-General of the Caribbean Regional Negotiating Machinery (RNM) for 8 years he had responsibility for trade negotiations for CARICOM, Cuba and the Dominican Republic. He was Principal Negotiator for Forum of Caribbean States (CARIFORUM) in the negotiation of the CARIFORUM-European Union Economic Partnership Agreement and CARICOM’s lead negotiator and spokesperson in the World Trade Organization and the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) negotiations.

Dr. Bernal was Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States of America and Permanent Representative to the Organisation of American States (OAS) for the period May 6, 1991 to August 31, 2001. When he demitted office after 10 years, he was the 4th most senior Ambassador in Washington D.C. and Dean of the Caribbean Diplomatic Corps. Ambassador Bernal has given testimonies to several Committees of Congress (House and Senate) and the US International Trade Commission on issues of concern to the Caribbean.

Prior to his diplomatic posting, he was Chief Executive Officer of a commercial bank. He has also worked in the Bank of Jamaica (central bank) and the Planning Institute/Agency of Jamaica and as Advisor to the Minister of Finance on external debt management and stabilization and adjustment policy.

For 7 years he taught international economics and development economics at the University of the West Indies. He is Honorary Professor at the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies of the University of the West Indies.

Dr. Bernal has published over 100 articles in scholarly journals, books, and monographs (some available at as well as opinion editorials in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and the Miami Herald. Three books:

Globalization, Trade and Economic Development. A Study of the CARIFORM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).

Dragon in the Caribbean. China’s Global Re-Positioning. Challenges and Opportunities for the Caribbean (Kingston: Ian Randle Publishers, April, 2014, revised 2nd edition, August, 2016).

The Influence of Small States on Superpowers: Jamaica and U.S. Foreign Policy (University of the West Indies Press, 2017).

He has appeared on McNeil-Lehrer report, CNN, PBS and BBC radio. Has been quoted in the Financial Times, Washington Post, New York Times and Washington Times. He has written editorials in the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Miami Herald and the Washington Times. Host of “Region Talk” on UWITV.

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