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Profiles of Speakers on August 29th & 30th 2003
Profiles of Speakers on August 31st 2003

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Mia A. Mottley

Hon. Mia Amor Mottley, Q.C., M.P. and Attorney-General of Barbados, was elected to the Barbados Parliament in September 1994 as part of Prime Minister Owen Arthur’s new Barbados Labour Party Government. Prior to that, Miss Mottley served as one of two Opposition Senators in the Senate of Barbados between 1991 and 1994 while serving as Shadow Minister of Culture and Community Development and on a number of Joint Select Committees on various areas, such as Praedial Larceny and Domestic Violence.

One of the youngest persons ever to be assigned a ministerial portfolio she was appointed to the Ministry of Education, Youth Affairs and Culture. While there she co-authored a well-known White Paper that draws the link between better education and job fulfilment. In 1996 and again in 1997 she served as Chair of the CARICOM Standing Committee of Ministers of Education. Miss Mottley’s portfolio as Minister between 1994 and 2001 also included responsibility for Youth Affairs and Culture.

Miss Mottley is also a member of the National Security Council of Barbados and the Barbados Defence Board. In 1996, she became General Secretary of the Barbados Labour Party, a position that she continues to hold today. Mia Mottley is an Attorney-at-Law with a law degree from the London School of Economics specializing in advocacy. She is a Barrister of the Bar of England and Wales. In January 2002 she became a member of the Local Privy Council. She was also admitted to the Inner Bar of Barbados, becoming the youngest ever Queen’s Counsel in Barbados.

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