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Institutions of the Caribbean Community

The achievement of the Objectives of the Community as set out in Article 6 of the Revised Treaty, requires the collective participation of all Community Institutions and Associate Institutions, in addition to the CARICOM Secretariat.

The Community Institutions/Associate Institutions provide direct technical support to Member States in a range of areas.  They are also critical implementing partners of the Community Strategic Plan.  With a view to promoting coordination and complementarity in the services which the Institutions and the Secretariat deliver to the Member States, the Secretary-General holds annual meetings involving the Heads of Community Institutions and Associate Institutions. 

While an integral part of the CARICOM system, the Community Institutions exist as separate legal entities with differing governance arrangements.  Heads of Government have called for a review and rationalisation of the Community Institutions to ensure that they remain fit for purpose and to create an enabling environment for coordinated management across the Regional Integration Architecture.

 

Some of these Institutions have ceased to exist (for example the Caribbean Regional Centre for the Education and Training of Animal  Health and Veterinary Public Health Assistants), and new ones have been established, (for example, the CARICOM Development Fund (CDF) provided for in Article 158; the CARICOM Competition Commission (CCC) in Article 171; the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) in Article 60.2.b and the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ), in Article 67.5).  A list of the family of Community Institutions is set out at pages 139-140).

The Community Institutions/Associate Institutions provide direct technical support to Member States in a range of areas.  They are also critical implementing partners of the Community Strategic Plan.  With a view to promoting coordination and complementarity in the services which the Institutions and the Secretariat deliver to the Member States, the Secretary-General holds annual meetings involving the Heads of Community Institutions and Associate Institutions. 

While an integral part of the CARICOM system, the Community Institutions exist as separate legal entities with differing governance arrangements.  Heads of Government have called for a review and rationalisation of the Community Institutions to ensure that they remain fit for purpose and to create an enabling environment for coordinated management across the Regional Integration Architecture.  This is also a part of the Governance Priority of the Community Strategic Plan and will be undertaken as part of the work of the Change Management Office established by the Secretary-General.

Even while awaiting the conduct of the formal review and as a result of the regular discussions between the Secretary-General and the Heads of the Community Institutions, initiatives at greater coordination have been undertaken for example, in the area of programme delivery, resource mobilisation and provision of common services.  In this latter regard, the Secretariat and several Institutions participate in a common Heath Insurance Scheme and the establishment of an Administrative Tribunal for the staff of the Secretariat and of the Institutions is being examined.  Additionally, common branding guidelines have been agreed to with the Community Institutions to clearly identify them as part of CARICOM (the common tag line under each Institution logo would read: … an Institution of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)).

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Caribbean Agricultural Develpment Institute - CARDI

Caribbean Agricultural Develpment Institute - CARDI

Date Established: 1975
Community Institutions

Established in 1975, CARDI’s aim is to contribute to agricultural development by conducting...

Caribbean Agricultural Health and Food Safety Agency (CAHFSA)

Caribbean Agricultural Health and Food Safety Agency (CAHFSA)

Date Established: 2010
Community Institutions

CAHFSA was created as an Inter-Governmental Organization by the signing of an Agreement among Member...

Caribbean Aviation Safety and Securing Oversight System (CASSOS)

Caribbean Aviation Safety and Securing Oversight System (CASSOS)

Date Established: 2008
Community Institutions

CASSOS was formally launched in February 2009 at the Headquarters of the CARICOM Secretariat in...

Caribbean Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE)

Caribbean Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE)

Date Established: 2015
Community Institutions

Development ObjectiveCCREEE aims at improving access  to modern, affordable and reliable...

Caribbean Centre for Development Administration (CARICAD)

Caribbean Centre for Development Administration (CARICAD)

Date Established: 1979
Community Institutions

CARICAD, headed by Executive Director Jennifer Astaphan, is a regional intergovernmental...

Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC)

Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC)

Date Established: 2002
Community Institutions

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre coordinates the region’s response to climate...

Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ)

Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ)

Date Established: 2005
Community Institutions

The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) is the regional judicial tribunal established by the "Agreement...

Caribbean Development  Bank (CDB)

Caribbean Development Bank (CDB)

Date Established: 1970
Asssociate Institutions

The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), is a regional financial institution which was established by...

Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA)

Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA)

Date Established: 1991
Community Institutions

The motto of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency encapsulates the nature and work of...

Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC)

Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC)

Date Established: 1972
Community Institutions

The Caribbean Examinations council (CXC) was established in 1972 by an Agreement among 15 English...

Caribbean Export and Investment Agency (Carib-Export)

Caribbean Export and Investment Agency (Carib-Export)

Date Established: 1996
Functional Cooperation Institutions

Our VisionTo optimise the Caribbean Region’s export potential through facilitating...

Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH)

Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH)

Date Established: 1967
Community Institutions

The Caribbean Meteorological Institute was established in 1967 by the member states of the Caribbean...

Caribbean Law Institute (CLI)/Caribbean Law Institute Centre (CLIC)

Caribbean Law Institute (CLI)/Caribbean Law Institute Centre (CLIC)

Date Established: 1988
Asssociate Institutions

The Caribbean Law Institute (CLI) was established in 1988 under a grant from the United States...

Caribbean Meteorological Organisation (CMO)

Caribbean Meteorological Organisation (CMO)

Date Established: 1973
Community Institutions

The Caribbean Meteorological Organisation (CMO) is the successor to the British Caribbean...

Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA)

Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA)

Date Established: 2013
Community Institutions

The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is the new single regional public health agency for the...

Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM)

Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM)

Date Established: 2003
Community Institutions

The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) was established and officially inaugurated on 27...

Caribbean Regional Information and Translation Institute (CRITI)

Caribbean Regional Information and Translation Institute (CRITI)

Date Established: 2008
Functional Cooperation Institutions

The Caribbean Regional Information and Translation Institute (CRITI) was founded in January 2008 by...

Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU)

Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU)

Date Established: 1989
Community Institutions

The  Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) – a Caribbean intergovernmental...

Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO)

Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO)

Date Established: 1989
Functional Cooperation Institutions

The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), with headquarters in Barbados and offices in New York and...

CARICOM Competition Commission (CCC)

CARICOM Competition Commission (CCC)

Date Established: 2008
Community Institutions

At its tenth meeting in Grenada in 1989, the Heads of Government of CARICOM agreed that whilst...

CARICOM Development Fund (CDF)

CARICOM Development Fund (CDF)

Date Established: 2009
Community Institutions

The CDF was established under Article 158 of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas “for the...

CARICOM Implementing Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS)

CARICOM Implementing Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS)

Date Established: 2006
Community Institutions

The Agency is the nerve centre of the Region’s new multilateral Crime and Security management...

CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ)

CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ)

Date Established: 2002
Community Institutions

CROSQ is a regional inter-governmental organisation established in February 2002 to facilitate the...

Council of Legal Education (CLE)

Council of Legal Education (CLE)

Date Established: 1971
Functional Cooperation Institutions

The Council of Legal Education was created by an Agreement signed in 1971 by Barbados, Dominica,...

University of Guyana (UG)

University of Guyana (UG)

Date Established: 1963
Asssociate Institutions

Turkeyen CampusThe University of Guyana (UG) was launched on October 1, 1963 following assent...

University of the West Indies (UWI)

University of the West Indies (UWI)

Date Established: 1962
Asssociate Institutions

UWI was established in 1962 with Her Royal Highness, Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone as the...