Federico Cuello Camilo

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Federico Cuello Camilo
Dominican Republic Ambassador to United Kingdom
Assumed office
Preceded by Aníbal de Castro
Personal details
Born 1966 (age 50–51)
Nationality Dominican
Alma mater University of Illinois
Santo Domingo Institute of Technology
Profession Diplomat

Federico Alberto Cuello Camilo (Santo Domingo, 1966) is a diplomat of the Dominican Republic. Since 14 July 2011, he is the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Queen Elizabeth II received his credentials on 11 October 2011. Previously, he served as the Permanent Representative of the Dominican Republic to the United Nations in New York, with the rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary from 3 June 2009 presented his letters of credence. During his tenure in New York City the Dominican Republic was elected for the first time as member of the Executive Board of UN Women (2011–2014) and to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC, 2012–2013). In December 2004, he was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Dominican Republic to the Kingdom of Belgium, to the European Union, the Czech Republic, and Poland. He was also the Dominican Ambassador, Permanent Representative to the European Office of the United Nations and to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, Switzerland, between March 1999 and August 2002

Role in the Dominican Republic[edit]

After concluding his doctoral studies and concurrently with his official duties, he served as a Project Coordinator for a number of economic reform projects in the Dominican Republic, operating with funding from the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), ITU, UNDP, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the Central Bank of the Dominican Republic. New legal and institutional frameworks on trade negotiations, telecommunications, industrial property, copyright, consumer protection and competition policy were enacted and implemented.

Among his prior official duties since 1986, he served as a Vice-Minister of Economy (1995–1999) and as an Economic Adviser to the Chamber of Deputies (2003–2004).

Diplomacy and trade negotiations[edit]

Ambassador Federico Alberto Cuello Camilo press conference 11 June 2013

His experience in trade negotiations started in 1993 during the services negotiations of the Uruguay Round and continued during the ensuing negotiations at the World Trade Organization (1995–2002); the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA, 1995–99); the Free Trade Agreement between CARICOM and the DR (1997–98); and the Free Trade Treaty between Central-America and the DR (1997–98). The culmination of this work was his appointment as a Member of the Caribbean College of Negotiators, in order to serve as Lead Negotiator on Services and Investment for the CARIFORUM-EU EPA.

Throughout his career, he has held several positions within intergovernmental bodies, including:

• Vice-President, Preparatory Committee of the Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least-Developed Countries, New York and Istanbul, 2011;

• Chairman of the Committee of Ambassadors of the Group of Río, Brussels, 2007;

• Chairman of the Committee of Ambassadors of the Caribbean Group, Brussels, 2007;

• Chairman of the Committee of Ambassadors of the Group of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (ACP), Brussels, 2006;

• Vice-Chairman of the Ambassadorial Working Group on the Future of the ACP Group, 2006–2007;

• Chairman of the ACP Group, Geneva, 2002;

• Chairman of the Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC) at UNCTAD, Geneva, 2001;

• Vice-President of UNCTAD's Trade and Development Board, Geneva, 2001;

• First Chairman and Founder of the GRULAC, International Telecommunications Union (ITU), Geneva, 2001–2002;

• Chairman of the GRULAC, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Geneva, 2000;

• Vice-Chairman of the International Summit for the Information society, Geneva, 2001–2002;

• Vice-Chairman of the International Conference on Competition Law and Policy at UNCTAD, Geneva, 2000–2005;

• First Chairman and Founder of the WTO Paradisus Group with El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and the DR, 1999–2002;

• First Chairman and Founder of the WTO CARIFORUM Group with the CARICOM Missions to the WTO and Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican Republic, Geneva, 2000;

• First Chairman and Founder of the WTO Group of 5 with Bolivia, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama which negotiated jointly the accession of the People’s Republic of China, Geneva, 2000–2001;

• First Chairman and Founder of the Working Group for the Liberalization of Tourism of the World Tourism Organization (WTO/OMT), Madrid, 1999–2002;

• Chairman of UNCTAD’s Commission on Trade in Goods, Services and Commodities. Geneva, 1999;

Teaching and research[edit]

Cuello was educated at the University of Illinois and the Santo Domingo Institute of Technology. He has a Ph. D. in Regional Science and Development Economics (University of Illinois, 1994); an M. A. in Economic Theory and Econometrics (University of Illinois, 1990) and a Licenciatura (equivalent to a B. Sc.) in Economics, Magna Cum Laude (Technological Institute of Santo Domingo —INTEC—, 1987).

He was the Director of the School of Economics of his Alma Mater, INTEC (1993–1994). In March 2003 he became a Research Professor of Economics at the Pontifical Catholic University "Mater et Magistra" (PUCMM, St. Thomas Aquinas Campus), where he lectured on economics.

His research on trade, development and intellectual property have been funded by OXFAM/Interimón (Santo Domingo), Friedrich Ebert Foundation (Santo Domingo and Geneva), Quaker International Affairs Program (QIAP, Ottawa), Caribbean Regional Negotiating Machinery (CRNM) and International Lawyers and Economists Against Poverty (ILEAP).

He has been invited to lecture by the European Parliament, the European Commission, MERCOSUR, the Andean Pact, the International Center for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), the Parliament of Surinam, the Dominican, Finnish and German Governments, the Foreign Policy Association (New York), the Latin American Association of Pharmaceutical Industries (ALIFAR), the Federation of European Chambers of Commerce, Oxford University, the Free University of Brussels, the Universities of the United Nations, Antwerp, Leuven, Manchester, Prague and Warsaw, the Complutense University of Madrid, Fairleigh Dickinson University, the Catholic University of Santo Domingo (UCSD), the London School of Economics, PUCMM and INTEC.

Publications since 2003[edit]

His list of published books, monographs and academic papers started in 1985 and are available within the academic databases of institutions of higher education. Following is a partial list of his published works after 2003:

Dominican Multilateral Diplomacy at the United Nations, 2009-2011. Santo Domingo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs (In Spanish and English, forthcoming 2014).

La legislación dominicana se aplica sin discriminación. El País, Madrid, 18 November 2014.

Neighbourly Relations. The Economist, London, 2 January 2014.

Dominican Ambassador in UK Responds to The Economist. Dominican Today, Santo Domingo, 11 December 2013

Carta al Editor de la Revista Británica The Economist. Hoy, Santo Domingo, 10 December 2013.

Overhauling the Trade Relationship Between the Caribbean, Central America and Europe. Diplomat Magazine, London, April 2012.

On the Need to Increase the Resilience of the Dominican Republic Towards Earthquakes. In R. González, F. Peña-Mora, R. Plunz, A. Werner-Lamb et al. (Forthcoming, 2011): Natural Hazards and Disaster Risk Management in the Dominican Republic. New York: Columbia University.

Realizing the Cotonou Blueprint Through a Development-Enhancing Agreement. In Americo Beviglia-Zampetti & Junior Lodge (2011): The CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement: A Practitioners’ Analysis, pp. 11–18. Kluwer Law International BV, The Netherlands.

Questions Seeking Answers. Nation News, Bridgetown, Barbados, 27 April 2009.

Milestones in the CARIFORUM-EC Economic Partnership Agreement (Letter to the Editors). Nation News, Bridgetown, Barbados, 18 December 2008.

MFN in the CARIFORUM-EC Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) is no Threat to South-South Trade. In Trade Negotiations Insights, Geneva, Vol. 7, No. 4, May 2008.

The Development Dimension of Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) - Are We Still on Track? Report of the International Policy Dialogue, 27-28 April 2006. Berlin: InWent, 2006.

Nuevos aires en las relaciones domínico-europeas. Santo Domingo: Funglode, 2006.

Una ronda de negociaciones multilaterales para el desarrollo. Santo Domingo: Funglode, 2005.

What makes a round a “development round”? Berlín: Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, 2005.

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Access to Medicines Under TRIPS and the DR-CAFTA. Ottawa: Quaker International Affairs Program (QIAP, 2004).

Hacia el libre comercio: intereses, opciones y negociaciones. Santo Domingo: Cámara de Diputados de la República Dominicana (Editor, 2004).

Nivelar el terreno de juego. Santo Domingo: El Caribe (weekly column published between 2003-2005 and stored in the servers of perspectivaciudadana.com).

"Preservando los espacios para las políticas de desarrollo en las negociaciones de la OMC" en Isa-Contreras, Pável; Miguel Ceara and Federico Cuello Camilo (2003): Desarrollo y políticas comerciales en la República Dominicana. Santo Domingo: Fundación Friedrich Ebert/CIECA.

TRIPS-Related Issues for the Consideration and Possible Ministerial Decision at Cancún. Santo Domingo: OXFAM/Intermón, 2003.

Negociaciones Agrícolas: Estado de Situación en la OMC. Santo Domingo: OXFAM, 2003.

Isa Contreras, Pavel, Miguel Ceara Hatton and Cuello Camilo, Federico. 2003. Desarrollo y políticas comerciales en la República Dominicana, Santo Domingo: Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and CIECA.


[1] "RD y Reino Unido acuerdan negociar una alianza estratégica". Listin Diario, 2012-01-22

Political offices
Preceded by
Aníbal de Castro
Ambassador of the Dominican Republic to the United Kingdom
July 2011–present
Succeeded by