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Our Journey

“CARICOM is one of the longest surviving integration movements among developing countries.  The original Treaty of Chaguaramas was signed on 4 July 1973, in honour of the birthday of Norman Washington Manley, a leading advocate of the West Indies Federation and one of Jamaica's national heroes.  The Treaty and its Annex (setting out the details of the Common Market Arrangements) came into effect on 1 August 1973.  Since 2001, the Community has been functioning within the framework of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas including the Establishment of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).  
CARICOM has made great strides, particularly through functional cooperation in, education, in health, in culture, in security. Its Single Market functions and it is a respected voice in  international affairs.
 
This timeline chronicles some key milestones  and actions on the  journey.”