Vincent Atkins is Trade Policy and Technical Advisor to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Less Developed Countries (LDCs) , Office of Trade Negotiations, CARICOM Secretariat, in Barbados. He has been involved in the negotiations of international trade agreements since 2001, representing the Caribbean Community in several negotiating fora in the area of agricultural trade. Mr Atkins’ current responsibilities include coordination of market access in goods negotiations and conduct of technical and analytical studies on trade issues of particular interest to CARICOM LDCs. Since 2007 Mr Atkins has also undertaken work related to assessing the implications of global trade policies for the control and prevention of obesity, particularly for developing countries. Mr Atkins has a Bachelors degree in Economics from the University of the West Indies, an MSc in Agricultural Economics from the University of Florida, Gainesville, and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of London. He also holds a diploma for graduates in International Relations from the University of London.