Courtney H. Williams is a dedicated public servant who remains determined to leverage solid local and international experience in policy formulation and implementation alongside insightful management to advance Jamaica’s development. He is a strong advocate for institutional strengthening supported by robust and tailored development of human capacity.
Mr. Williams began his public sector career as Senior Fiscal Economist in the Fiscal Policy Management Unit (FPMU) of the Ministry of Finance in 1995. He served as Senior Director of the FPMU from 2005 - 2016. Mr. Williams has been Deputy Financial Secretary, Technical Advisory Coordination in the Ministry of Finance & the Public Service since January 2020. In this capacity, he has overseen the development and execution of Jamaica’s most impactful socio-economic intervention package, the COVID-19 Allocation of Resources for Employees (CARE) Programme, which has benefitted close to five hundred thousand (500,000) people.
During his tenure in the FPMU, Mr. Williams contributed tremendously to improving Jamaica’s macro-fiscal operations and strengthening socio-economic outcomes. Starting in 2008, he spearheaded the development and implementation of Jamaica’s Fiscal Responsibility Framework - a landmark reform that has been emulated by other Caribbean countries. Mr. Williams directed the management of fiscal operations that ensured Jamaica’s strong performance under IMF-supported Programmes. He also successfully led negotiations for Jamaica’s first Development Policy Loan from the World Bank in 2009.
Between 2016 and 2019, Mr. Williams served as Senior Advisor to the Executive Director for Canada, Ireland and the Caribbean at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington, D.C. During this period, he represented Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines at the IMF’s Executive Board. He advocated strongly for intensified financial and technical assistance from multilateral institutions to small states - not least of which was support to strengthen these members’ resilience to natural disasters and the effects of climate change - and to countries in fragile and conflicting situations.
Mr. Williams has served on a number of Boards and Committees, including:
• Export-Import (EXIM) Bank of Jamaica, Director, 2012-2016
• Statistical Institute of Jamaica, Director and Audit Committee Chairman 2012-2016
• Betting, Gaming & Lotteries Commission, Board Member, 2001-2002
• United Nations (UN), Member of Committee on Contributions, 2008-2011
Mr. Williams holds a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University, New York; a Certificate in Tax Analysis and Revenue Forecasting from Harvard University; and a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Management from the University of the West Indies.
Mr. Williams is an avid sports enthusiast, especially football, cricket and track and field. He is also passionate about safeguarding Jamaica’s culture - music, food, festival events, and always looks forward to participating in the Emancipendence celebrations, among others.