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The CARICOM Secretariat is the principal administrative organ of the Community and is headed by a Secretary General who is the Chief Executive Officer of the Community.

Mission Statement of the Secretariat: To provide dynamic leadership and service in partnership with Community Institutions and groups, toward the attainment of a viable, internationally competitive and sustainable Community, with improved quality of life for all.

The Secretariat comprises the following Offices and Directorates:

Offices -

Deputy Secretary-General
General Counsel

Directorates -

Foreign and Community Relations
Human and Social Development
Trade and Economic Integration

Together these positions comprise the Executive Management of the Organisation and are responsible for the strategic management and direction of the Organisation and for working closely with the Councils and their Chairpersons to promote the implementation of decisions.

The Secretaries-General of the Community have been:

William Demas (Trinidad and Tobago) 1973 - 1974
 Alister McIntyre (Grenada) 1974 - 1977                

Dr Kurleigh King (Barbados) 1979 - 1983

Roderick Rainford (Jamaica) 1983 - 1992

Edwin W. Carrington (Trinidad and Tobago) 1992-

The main functions of the Secretariat are:

  • Initiate or develop proposals for consideration and decision by the relevant Organs
  • Initiate, organise and conduct studies
  • Provide, on request, services to Member States on Community-related matters
  • Service meetings of the Organs and Bodies of the Community and take appropriate follow-up action on decisions taken
  • Collect, store and disseminate relevant information to Member States
  • Assist Community Organs in the development and implementation of proposals and programmes
  • Mobilise resources from donor agencies to assist in the implementation of Community Programmes
  • Prepare the draft Work Programme and Budget of the Secretariat for examination by the Budget Committee
  • Provide, on request, technical assistance to national authorities to facilitate implementation of Community decisions; and
  • Conduct, as mandated, fact-finding assignments in Member States

Order of the Caribbean Community Recipients
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