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4th India-CARICOM Ministerial Meeting

Focus: GS II: International Relations

Why in News?

India’s External Affairs Minister co-chaired the 4th India-CARICOM ministerial meeting with his Jamaican counterpart.

About CARICOM:

CARICOM is the Caribbean Community, a regional organization of Caribbean countries and dependencies. Here are some key points:

Purpose:
  • To promote economic integration and cooperation among its members.
  • To ensure that the benefits of integration are equitably shared.
  • To coordinate foreign policy.
Members:
  • 15 member countries: Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.
  • 5 associate member territories: Anguilla, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, and the Turks and Caicos Islands.
  • 6 observer states: Aruba, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela.
Leadership:
  • The Chairmanship of the Community rotates every six months among the member countries’ Heads.
Secretariat:
  • The CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana, is the principal administrative organ of the Community.
  • It is headed by a Secretary General who is the Chief Executive Officer of the Community.
Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ):
  • In 2007, CARICOM officially inaugurated the CCJ.
  • It serves as the final court of appeal for CARICOM members and handles regional trade disputes

 


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