Federico Cuello Camilo

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Federico Alberto Cuello Camilo
Dominican Republic Ambassador to the State of Qatar
Assumed office
PresidentDanilo Medina Sánchez
Preceded byHugo Guiliani Cury
Dominican Republic Ambassador to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
In office
PresidentLeonel Fernández Reyna
Preceded byAníbal de Castro
Succeeded byHugo Guiliani Cury
Dominican Republic Ambassador to the United Nations in New York
In office
PresidentLeonel Fernández Reyna
Preceded byErasmo Lara
Succeeded byVirgilio Alcántara
Personal details
Born1966 (age 52–53)
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Alma materUniversity of Illinois
Santo Domingo Institute of Technology
ProfessionEconomist, working as a Diplomat since 1999.

Federico Alberto Cuello Camilo (Santo Domingo, 1966) is a diplomat of the Dominican Republic. He is the new Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the State of Qatar.

Between 14 July 2011 and 31 January 2019, he served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. During his tenure, DR exports to the UK increased by 102% (2010-16) and tourism of UK residents to the DR grew 95% (2012-18). Other results include:

• An allocation by UKEF of £750 million in export credits to support the participation of British contractors in DR public tenders;

• Cooperation on increasing the resiliency of the DR to external shocks and reducing infant and maternal mortality, in compliance with the 2030 SDGs;

• An ambitious program for the interdiction of illegal substances between the UK Crime Agency and the Dominican National Directorate of Drug Control (DNCD);

• Increased air transport capacity of charter and regular flights, with BA covering the Gatwick-Puntacana route 4 times a week; the integration of DR hotels into the reservation networks of Virgin; and the attraction of high level investment by UK hotels;

• New trading networks through the Fresh Product Consortium (FPC); and the creation of "Direct Trade", a new network for aromatic and fine cacao exports to small batch chocolate producers;

• Transformation of the image of the DR in the UK through academic, cultural, diplomatic and political events such as the Dominican Week, celebrated yearly since 2012 with the support of BritCham;

• The creation in London of the Dominican Chamber of Commerce (DomCham);

• New scholarships for postgraduate education with British Universities funded by DR’s Ministry for Higher Education, covering up to 150 students yearly;

• Annual participation of Dominican government and private sector delegations in the London Produce Show (since 2014) and the Chocolate Show (since 2016); and

• Increased frequency and scope of political dialogue through the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on the DR, the creation of sister bodies in the DR Chamber of Deputies and Senate, as well as Parliamentary visits to the DR in 2011 and 2016.

While in London, Ambassador Cuello has served as President pro tempore of the Central American Integration System (SICA, January-June 2014 and 2018).

Previously, was the Permanent Representative of the Dominican Republic to the United Nations in New York, with the rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. 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). He also registered the Dominican candidacy to the United Nations Security Council UNSC in July 2009, endorsed unanimously by the Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC) of Ambassadors in August 2017 and voted by all UN Members present in the elections of 8 June 2018. As a result, the Dominican Republic entered the UNSC for the first time as a Non-Permanent Member.

Promoted political stability and economic development in Haiti; food and nutritional security; compliance with the Millennium Development Goals; preventing and mitigating natural disasters; achieving gender equality; and transitioning to renewable energy sources in order to adapt to climate change.

Led the transformation of the Permanent Mission from a traditional diplomatic unit into a knowledge center, with information flowing both ways, to and from the key government decision-makers, thus generating local ownership for the legal and institutional reforms required for implementing the outcomes of UN events. To that effect, became involved in monthly coordination meetings with the UN Country Team in the Dominican Republic, complemented with direct contacts with his government's relevant implementing authorities.

While in New York, served in the following intergovernmental decision-making or representative bodies as:

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

• Member of the Executive Board of UN Women, New York, 2011;

• Member of the Group of Friends of Food and Nutritional Security, New York, 2011;

• Member of the Group of Friends of the Future of the United Nations, New York, 2011;

• Member of the Group of Friends of the Millenium Development Goals, New York, 2010–2011; and

• Member of the Executive Council of the Association of Permanent Representatives to the United Nations, New York, 2009–2011.

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. Served as Lead Negotiator on Services and Investment for the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the CARIFORUM Member States and the European Union and its Member States, 2005-2008. Also served as:

• Member of the Caribbean College of Negotiators, 2005-2009;

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

• Chairman of the Committee of Ambassadors of the CARIFORUM Group of States, 2007;

• Chairman of the Committee of Ambassadors of the Member States of the Group of Rio, 2007; and

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

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, where he fought successfully for balanced negotiating mandates that would result in favorable outcomes for developing countries, through strategic alliances with like-minded countries, by promoting:

• The continuation of fiscal incentives to export-oriented manufacturing until 1.1.2010 (later extended until 2018);

• The recognition by Ministers of the policy flexibility included in the TRIPS agreement;

• The negotiation of a draft annex on tourism (later adopted by the CARIFORUM-EU EPA);

• The negotiation of a “development box” under the WTO Agreement on Agriculture;

• Addressing and resolving the implementation issues arising from the WTO Uruguay Round Agreements;

• Suitable principles and practices governing the WTO Trade Negotiations Committee;

• The formulation and organization of the ACP Work Program and Negotiating Structure to ensure coherence between the Doha Development Agenda and the ACP-EU EPAs;

• The protection of traditional knowledge, genetic resources and folklore both in the WTO and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO);

• A balanced agenda for the World Summit for the Information Society (WSIS); and

• A balanced Framework Convention for Tobacco Control in the World Health Organization (WHO).

Participated in the board of the following intergovernmental bodies as:

• Chairman of the ACP Group, 2002; • Chairman of the Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC) at UNCTAD, 2001; • Vice-President of UNCTAD's Trade and Development Board, 2001; • 1st Chairman and Founder of the GRULAC, International Telecommunications Union (ITU), 2001–2002; • Chairman of the GRULAC, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), 2000; • Vice-Chairman of the International Summit for the Information Society, 2001–2002; • Vice-Chairman of the International Conference on Competition Law and Policy at UNCTAD, 2000–2005; • Chairman of UNCTAD’s Commission on Trade in Goods, Services and Commodities. Geneva, 1999.

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.

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:

National Day Message.Diplomat Magazine, London, 27 February 2018.

Our Nature, Our Treasure. Quisqueya la bella, Vásquez, Marlen (Ed., 2016). London: Dominican Embassy to the UK/Dominican Republic Tourist Board, 9 June 2016.

Diplomacy in Times of Brexit. Diplomat Magazine, London, 1 May 2016.

New Diplomacy in Action. First Magazine, London, 1 April 2016.

The Dominican Republic: Connected, Creative and Cool. First Magazine, London, 8 June 2015.

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
Hugo Guiliani Cury
Ambassador of the Dominican Republic to the State of Qatar
February 2019–present
Succeeded by