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Caribbean Agricultural Health and Food Safety Agency (CAHFSA)
Year Established: 2010
Caribbean Agricultural Health and Food Safety Agency (CAHFSA) works in the following areas:CARICOM Institutions
CAHFSA was created as an Inter-Governmental Organization by the signing of an Agreement among Member States of the Caribbean Community. This Agreement establishing CAHFSA was originally signed by Member States of CARICOM in Roseau, Dominica, on March 12, 2010. Six (6) days later, on March 18, 2010, CAHFSA was officially launched and a Headquarters Agreement for CAHFSA was signed between the Secretary-General of CARICOM and the Government of Suriname. On February 25, 2011, the Agreement establishing CAHFSA was replaced by the Revised CAHFSA Agreement at a meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government held in St. George’s Grenada.
In October 2014, CAHFSA became operational with the appointment of a Chief Executive Officer.
Located in Paramaribo, Suriname, CAHFSA is governed by a Board of Directors comprising one representative of each Member State representing the specialized areas of focus of CAHFSA as well as a representative from the CARICOM Secretariat who is represented on the Board as an observer. The day-to-day activities of CAHFSA is managed by a Chief Executive Officer and three (3) Department Heads.
CAHFSA is mandated to perform a coordinating and organizing role for the establishment of an effective and efficient regional sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) regime and to execute on behalf of Member States such SPS actions and activities that can be more effectively and efficiently executed through a regional mechanism.
The following Agreement gives force to CAHFSA:
Revised Agreement Establishing the Caribbean Agricultural Health and Food Safety Agency (CAHFSA): February 25, 2011;
Revised Treaty of Chagaramas (Articles 57 and 74).