Ambassador Wayne McCook C.D. is Jamaica’s Permanent Representative to the UN Office and Specialised Agencies in Geneva, Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and Ambassador to the Swiss Confederation. He is Chairman of the WTO Rules Negotiating Group, the WTO Working Party on the Accession of the Bahamas and Chairman of the Group of 77 and China at Geneva.
Ambassador McCook assumed duties in Geneva on 11 January 2011 after serving as Head of the Policy Planning Unit in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade. He served as Jamaica’s first resident Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) having been assigned responsibility for the establishment of Jamaica’s Embassy in Beijing (2005-2008). He served concurrently as Ambassador to Vietnam, The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Thailand and Laos and High Commissioner to Bangladesh and Pakistan.
Other overseas assignments include appointments as Deputy Permanent Representative in Jamaica’s Mission to the United Nations and Deputy Head of Mission in Jamaica’s Embassy to the USA. Ambassador McCook also served as Information Attaché in Jamaica’s High Commission in Ottawa Canada and in Jamaica’s Embassy in Washington DC. At the Headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Ambassador McCook has served as Director of the Caribbean and Americas and the Information Departments and as Senior Director then Undersecretary in the Foreign Trade Division. Ambassador McCook was assigned (on Secondment from the MFAFT) to serve as Executive Director of Jamaica’s Broadcasting Commission in 1995- 1996 where he led the effort to develop and implement the framework for the licensing of Subscriber (Cable) Television Services in Jamaica.