CaribNation Profile: H.E. La Celia Prince, Ambassador of St. Vincent and the Grenadines to the United States
Ambassador La Celia Prince was born in Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
In 1999 she obtained an LLB (with honours) from the University of the West Indies in Barbados and then went on to gain her Legal Education Certificate from the Sir Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad, qualifying as a lawyer in 2001. In that year, she was enrolled at the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (St. Vincent and the Grenadines) as well as the Supreme Court of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Ambassador Prince first practiced as a Barrister-at-Law and Solicitor in St. Vincent and the Grenadines before going off to do Masters studies in Law at Cambridge University.
Her experience in the international sphere includes a diverse exposure. In 2003, through a technical cooperation agreement between the Caribbean Regional Negotiating Machinery (CRNM) and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Ambassdor Prince took up a Fellowship in multilateral trade negotiations. She was assigned to the CARICOM delegation at the Secretariat of the Free Trade Area of the Americas in Puebla Mexico, followed by a brief stint at the World Trade Organisation in Geneva, Switzerland.
At the end of this assignment she worked at the Secretariat of the African Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) in Brussels, Belgium on matters pertaining to multilateral trade and development, and in particular the negotiations of the Economic Partnership Agreements between ACP countries and the European Union. Her final assignment in Belgium was as a consultant with the Caribbean Regional Negotiating Machinery where she focused exclusively on CARICOM-EU trade and development partnership.
Arriving in Washington DC in September 2005 she has served as Minister Counsellor at the Embassy of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Alternate Representative to the Organisation of American States (OAS), working on bilateral agreements between St. Vincent and the Grenadines and partners in Latin America, as well as actively participating as a delegate of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Government in various multilateral trade fora.
Ambassador Prince also speaks French and Spanish.