In addition to any functions which may be assigned to it by Organs of the Community, the Secretariat shall:
(a) service meetings of the Organs and Bodies of the Community and take appropriate follow up action on determinations issuing from such meetings;
(b) initiate, organise and conduct studies on issues for the achievement of the objectives of the Community;
(c) provide, on request, services to the Member States of the Community on matters relating to the achievement of its objectives;
(d) collect, store and disseminate to the Member States of the Community information relevant for the achievement of its objectives;
(e) assist Community Organs in the development and implementation of proposals and programmes for the achievement of objectives of the Community;
(f) co-ordinate in relation to the Community the activities of donor agencies, international, regional and national institutions for the achievement of objectives of the Community;
(g) prepare the draft budget of the Community for examination by the Budget
(h) provide, on request, technical assistance to national authorities to facilitate implementation of Community decisions;
(i) conduct, as mandated, fact-finding assignments in the Member States, and
(j) initiate or develop proposals for consideration and decision by competent
Organs in order to achieve Community objectives.
- The Secretary-General shall be appointed by the Conference, on the recommendation of the Community Council, for a term not exceeding five years and may be reappointed by the Conference.
- The Secretary-General shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the Community and shall, subject to the determinations of competent Organs of the Community and in accordance with the financial and other regulations, perform the following functions:
(a) represent the Community;
(b) develop, as mandated, decisions of competent Organs of the Community into implementable proposals;
(c) identify and mobilise, as required, external resources to implement decisions at the regional level and undertake studies and develop decisions on relevant issues into implementable proposals;
(d) implement, as mandated, decisions at the regional level for the achievement of Community objectives;
(e) implement, with the consent of the Member State concerned, Community decisions which do not require legislative or administrative action by national authorities;
(f) monitor and report on, as mandated, implementation of Community decisions;
(g) initiate or develop proposals for consideration and decision by competent
Organs in order to achieve Community objectives, and
(h) such other functions assigned by the Conference or other competent Organs.
The following entities with which the Community enjoys important functional relationships which contribute to the achievement of the objectives of the Community shall be recognised as Associate Institutions of the Community:
- Caribbean Development Bank (CDB);
- University of Guyana (UG);
- University of the West Indies (UWI);
- Caribbean Law Institute / Caribbean Law Institute Centre (CLI/CLIC);
- the Secretariat of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States;
and such other entities as may be designated by the Conference.
The following entities established by or under the auspices of the Community shall be recognised as Institutions of the Community:
- Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA);
- Caribbean Meteorological Institute (CMI);
- Caribbean Meteorological Organisation (CMO);
- Caribbean Environmental Health Institute (CEHI);
- Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI);
- Caribbean Regional Centre for the Education and Training of Animal Health and Veterinary Public Health Assistants (REPAHA);
- Assembly of Caribbean Community Parliamentarians (ACCP);
- Caribbean Centre For Developmental Administration (CARICAD);
- Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute (CFNI), and such other entities as may be designated by the Conference.
- There are hereby established as Bodies of the Community: (a) the Legal Affairs Committee; and
(b) the Budget Committee.
- The Council of Central Bank Governors shall be redesignated the “Committee of
Central Bank Governors” and recognised as a Body of the Community.
- The Organs of the Community may establish, as they deem necessary, other Bodies of the Community.
- The Council for Human and Social Development shall consist of Ministers designated by the Member States. Each Member State shall be entitled to designate alternates to represent it on COHSOD.
- Subject to the provisions of Article 12, COHSOD shall be responsible for the promotion of human and social development in the Community. In particular, COHSOD shall:
(a) promote the improvement of health, including the development and organisation of efficient and affordable health services in the Community;
(b) promote the development of education through the efficient organisation of educational and training facilities in the Community, including elementary and advanced vocational training and technical facilities;
(c) promote and develop co-ordinated policies and programmes to improve the living and working conditions of workers and take appropriate measures to facilitate the organisation and development of harmonious labour and industrial relations in the Community;
(d) establish policies and programmes to promote the development of youth and women in the Community with a view to encouraging and enhancing their participation in social, cultural, political and economic activities;
(e) promote and establish programmes for the development of culture and sports in the Community;
(f) promote the development of special focus programmes supportive of the establishment and maintenance of a healthy human environment in the Community, and
(g) undertake any additional functions remitted to it by the Conference, arising under this Treaty.
- Without prejudice to the requirements of any other provision of this Treaty, COHSOD shall promote co-operation among the Member States in the areas set out in the schedule hereto in furtherance of the objectives set out in Article 5.
- The Council for Foreign and Community Relations shall consist of Ministers Responsible for the Foreign Affairs of Member States. Each Member State shall be entitled to designate an alternate to represent it on COFCOR.
- Subject to the provisions of Article 12, COFCOR shall be responsible for determining relations between the Community and international organisations and Third States.
- Without prejudice to the generality of paragraph 2, COFCOR shall:
(a) promote the development of friendly and mutually beneficial relations among the Member States;
(b) establish measures to co-ordinate the foreign policies of the Member States of the Community, including proposals for joint representation, and seek to ensure, as far as practicable, the adoption of Community positions on major hemispheric and international issues;
(c) co-ordinate the positions of the Member States in inter-governmental organisations in whose activities such States participate;
(d) collaborate with COTED in promoting and developing co-ordinated policies for the enhancement of external economic and trade relations of the Community;
(e) co-ordinate, in close consultation with the Member States, Community policy on international issues with the policies of States in the wider Caribbean Region in order to arrive at common positions in relation to Third States, groups of States and relevant inter-governmental organisations, and
(f) undertake any additional functions remitted to it by the Conference, arising under this Treaty.
- Only Member States possessing the necessary competence with respect to the matters under consideration from time to time may take part in the deliberations of COFCOR.
- The Council for Trade and Economic Development shall consist of Ministers designated by the Member States. Each Member State shall be entitled to designate alternates to represent it on COTED.
- Subject to the provisions of Article 12, COTED shall be responsible for the promotion of trade and economic development of the Community. In particular, COTED shall:
(a) promote the development and oversee the operation of the CSME;
(b) evaluate, promote and establish measures to enhance production, quality control and marketing of industrial and agricultural commodities so as to ensure their international competitiveness;
(c) establish and promote measures to accelerate structural diversification of industrial and agricultural production on a sustainable and regionally- integrated basis;
(d) determine and promote measures for the accelerated development and marketing of services;
(e) promote and develop policies and programmes to facilitate the transportation of people and goods;
(f) promote measures for the development of energy and natural resources on
a sustainable basis;
(g) establish and promote measures for the accelerated development of science and technology;
(h) promote and develop policies for the protection of and preservation of the environment and for sustainable development;
(i) promote and develop, in collaboration with the Council for Foreign and Community Relations, co-ordinated policies for the enhancement of external economic and trade relations of the Community, and
(j) undertake any additional functions remitted to it by the Conference, arising under this Treaty.
- The Council for Finance and Planning shall consist of Ministers designated by the Member States. Each Member State shall be entitled to designate alternates to represent it on COFAP.
- Subject to the relevant provisions of Article 12, COFAP shall have primary responsibility for economic policy co-ordination and financial and monetary integration of Member States and, without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, shall:
(a) establish and promote measures for the co-ordination and convergence of national macro-economic policies of the Member States and for the execution of a harmonised policy on foreign investment;
(b) promote and facilitate the adoption of measures for fiscal and monetary co- operation among the Member States, including the establishment of mechanisms for payment arrangements;
(c) recommend measures to achieve and maintain fiscal discipline by the
Governments of the Member States;
(d) pending the establishment of a monetary union in the Community, recommend arrangements for the free convertibility of the currencies of the Member States on a reciprocal basis;
(e) promote the establishment and integration of capital markets in the
(f) undertake any additional functions remitted to it by the Conference arising under this Treaty.
- Under the direction of COFAP, the Committee of Central Bank Governors shall assist in the performance of the functions mentioned in paragraph 2 of this Article.
- The Conference shall be the supreme Organ of the Community.
- The Conference shall determine and provide policy direction for the Community.
- Save as otherwise provided in this Treaty, the Conference shall be the final authority for the conclusion of treaties on behalf of the Community and for entering into relationships between the Community and international organisations and States.
- The Conference may take decisions for the purpose of establishing the financial arrangements necessary to defray the expenses of the Community and shall be the final authority on questions arising in relation to the financial affairs of the Community.
- Subject to the relevant provisions of this Treaty, the Conference shall exercise such powers as may be conferred on it by or under any instrument elaborated by or under the auspices of the Community.
- The Conference may establish such Organs or Bodies as it considers necessary for the achievement of the objectives of the Community.
- The Conference may issue policy directives of a general or special character to other Organs and Bodies of the Community concerning the policies to be pursued for the achievement of the objectives of the Community and effect shall be given to such directives.
- Notwithstanding any other provision of this Treaty, the Conference may consider and resolve disputes between Member States.
- The Conference may consult with entities within the Caribbean Region or with other organisations and for this purpose may establish such machinery as it considers necessary.
- Subject to the provisions of this Chapter, the Conference shall regulate its own procedure and may decide to admit at its deliberations as observers representatives of non-Member States of the Community and other entities.
- The Bureau, consisting of the current Chairman and the immediately outgoing and incoming Chairmen of the Conference, shall perform the following functions:
(a) initiating proposals for development and approval by the Ministerial Councils as it considers necessary;
(b) updating the consensus of the Member States on issues falling to be determined by the Conference;
(c) facilitating implementation of Community decisions, both at the regional and local levels, in an expeditious and informed manner;
(d) providing guidance to the Secretariat on policy issues.
- The principal Organs of the Community are:
(a) the Conference of Heads of Government; and
(b) the Community Council of Ministers which shall be the second highest organ.
- In the performance of their functions, the principal Organs shall be assisted by the following Organs:
(a) the Council for Finance and Planning;
(b) the Council for Trade and Economic Development;
(c) the Council for Foreign and Community Relations, and
(d) the Council for Human and Social Development.