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What we do

The Caribbean Community stands on four pillars: economic integration; human and social development (formerly functional cooperation), foreign policy  coordination and security. These pillars form the base of a number of diverse activities including:

  • Free movement of goods and services by removing trade barriers and promoting reliable and sustainable energy;
  • Providing universal primary education and standardized certificate assessments;
  • Preventing and controlling non-communicable diseases;
  • Increasing access to HIV and AIDS treatment; promoting environmental health, food and nutrition, health systems strengthening, early childhood development, child rights and protection, life skills-based health, family-life education;
  • Preventing youth on youth violence;
  • Promoting and defending the interest of CARICOM.
  • Positioning  CARICOM strategically  in the wider regional, hemispheric and global environments

The above, among others, are captured in a range of services or regional goods such as: regional policy development and management; community governance; project/programme planning and management; research and technical advice public education and information; advocacy; coordination and harmonization; resource mobilization and capacity development.
Given the changing environment, CARICOM, now in its fifth decade, has refocused its approach to improving the standard of life for its peoples and has developed a strategic plan,  underpinned by a resiliency model, to guide the Community’s work over the following five years, 2015-2019.

Our focus 2015-2019

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The First Community Strategic Plan (2015-2019) is a five-year plan to guide the work of the Member States, Associate States and Community Institutions and Bodies that make up the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). It identifies the issues to be addressed, given current Community problems such as high debt, low growth, high costs, less than optimal intra-regional trade, unemployment and persistent poverty in many Member States, vulnerability of some countries to environmental shocks, severity of natural disasters, crime and security, among others. It maps the strategies and interventions which must be taken to rebuild the resiliency of the Community, to realise its vision

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All hands on deck

CARICOM Institutions have started to lay the groundwork for joint implementation of the Community Strategic Plan, approved by Heads of Government in July 2014. The five year plan is designed to improve the quality of life for citizens in the region through concrete action on matters of direct relevance and benefit to all.
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