Why a new strategic plan and what do we hope to achieve
A wide canvassing of views across the Caribbean Community told a clear message that there needs to be a refocussing, redirecting and reorganizing of the Community to move it forward and reignite the flames of integration.
The Strategic Plan outlines the Strategic repositioning of the Community.
The Caribbean Community to which we aspire over the next five years: The Vision.
A Caribbean Community that is integrated, inclusive and resilient; driven by knowledge, excellence, innovation and productivity; a Community where every citizen is secure and has the opportunity to realize his or her potential with guaranteed human rights and social justice; and contributes to, and shares in, its economic, social and cultural prosperity. A Community which can be a united force in the global arena.
The Strategic Priorities to 2019
To address the Community’s development objectives over the five year period, the Plan identifies the following Integrated Strategic Priorities:
1. Building Economic Resilience
2. Building Social Resilience
3. Building Environmental Resilience
4. Building Technological Resilience
5. Strengthening the CARICOM Identity and Spirit of Community
6. Strengthening Governance of the Caribbean Community
7. Coordinated Foreign Policy, and
8. Research, Development and Innovation
Building Economic Resilience
Economic Resilience will be primary among the six strategic priorities. Current analyses predict that difficult economic times may persist for several Member States over the five year period of this strategic plan.
This Priority will focus on creating an enabling environment for stabilizing Member States economies and putting them on the path to robust growth.
Building Social Resilience
The goal is improved quality of life for all people through, among other things, improved education and health, reduced levels of poverty, equitable access to opportunities by vulnerable groups, and enhanced citizen security.
Building social resilience will compliment and be complimented by economic resilience.
Building Environmental Resilience
The goal is to reduce the Caribbean Community’s vulnerability to disaster risk and the effects of climate change, and ensure effective management of the region’s natural resources.
Building Technological Resilience
The goal is to promote innovative, technology driven economies and societies in the Region.
Attention will be given to bringing technology to the people, transforming people into Digital Citizens and Digital Entrepreneurs, developing a single and secure CARICOM ICT Space.
Strengthening the Caribbean Identity and Spirit of Community
The goal is to recapture and strengthen the Spirit of Community.
Strengthening Governance Arrangements within CARICOM
The goal is to have effective and efficient governance arrangements to support good decision making, successful implementation of the regional agenda, and full accountability by all.