Bert van Selm is the man who will be leading an International Monetary Fund (IMF) delegation Bridgetown to start discussions on how the Washington-based financial institution can support the Government’s economic plan.
Dr van Selm currently serves as the IMF Resident Representative in Jamaica.
He has been with the IMF since 2000, and has worked on country teams in Europe, Africa and Asia, as well as in the IMF’s Strategy, Policy, and Review Department in Washington, DC, USA.
Dr van Selm, a self-confessed avid soccer player, holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, and is a prolific author. His book The Economics of Soviet Break-Up is based on his PhD thesis, which was awarded the European Association for Comparative Economic Studies prize for the best thesis in the field of Comparative Economics.
Before joining the IMF Dr van Selm was a lecturer in international economics at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands, and also worked at the Dutch Ministry of Finance.
On Friday, Prime Minister Mia Mottley announced that her new Barbados Labour Party (BLP) administration would suspend payments due to domestic and external creditors.