Secretariat of the Caribbean Community

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Secretariat of the Caribbean Community Headquarters, Guyana.

The Secretariat of the Caribbean Community is the principal administrative organ for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and is headed by the secretary general, who is the chief executive officer of the community.

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The mission statement of the secretariat is: 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.

Headquarters

The original home of the CARICOM Secretariat (and its precursor the CARIFTA Secretariat) was at Colgrain House (specifically the southern half of the building, while the northern half was used as the residence of the secretary-General) on Camp Street, Georgetown, Guyana. [1]

Ground was broken for a new CARICOM Secretariat headquarters on February 25, 1998, at Liliendaal/Turkeyen. [2] Construction commenced May 2001 and on 19 February 2005 the building was officially commissioned in an inauguration ceremony. The building was officially handed over to the CARICOM Secretariat on 15 July 2005 and the secretariat commenced operations in the building on 26 July 2006. [3] The headquarter complex serves the information needs of the secretariat staff as well as the general public. [4]

Intergovernmental organization

The secretariat comprises the following:

Offices

Directorates

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

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References

  1. "CARICOM View: 40 years of integration" (PDF). caricom.org. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-03-02. Retrieved February 20, 2013. Mr. Cozier, who now resides in his homeland, Barbados, helmed the newly formed CARIFTA and its secretariat, with a support staff of about four. He occupied the northern half of the building during his tenure, while the secretariat was on the southern half.
  2. "CARICOM PERMANENT HEADQUARTERS ON STREAM". caricom.org. Archived from the original on 2013-02-03. Retrieved February 20, 2013. .
  3. "CARICOM Secretariat Headquarters Building, Guyana". caricom.org. Archived from the original on 2013-06-15. Retrieved February 20, 2013. .
  4. "The new secretariat". ufdc.ufl.edu. Guyana Chronicle. February 20, 2005. p. 2. Retrieved 2021-03-16.