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    July 4 is Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Day, the official day to commemorate the signing of the Treaty of Chaguaramas, the agreement that established CARICOM. The Treaty was signed on July 4, 1973 in Chaguaramas, Trinidad and Tobago by leaders of Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago. This year marks the 46th anniversary of the original signing.

    CARICOM Day is a national public holiday in Guyana, the location of CARICOM’s headquarters. The day is observed on the first Monday of July in that country. Each year in recognition of the anniversary, activities such as parades, pageants, and campaigns to educate people about CARICOM are organised by government entities. The day is also observed as a public holiday in Antigua and Barbuda.

    While there are no official events held in Jamaica to mark the day, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade (MFAFT) yearly encourages Jamaicans to support the Government’s efforts to achieve the main objectives of CARICOM. These objectives include: improving the standards of living and work; enhancing levels of international competitiveness; and organisation for increased production and productivity.

    The annual CARICOM Conference of Heads of Government is customarily convened to coincide with the Treaty’s signing date. This year’s Conference runs from July 3 to 5 in St. Lucia.

    CARICOM consists of 20 countries – 15 member states and five (5) associate member states.

    Member states:

    Antigua and Barbuda
    Bahamas
    Barbados
    Belize
    Dominica
    Grenada
    Guyana
    Haiti
    Jamaica
    Montserrat
    St. Lucia
    St. Kitts and Nevis
    St. Vincent and the Grenadines
    Suriname
    Trinidad and Tobago

    Associate member states:

    Anguilla
    Bermuda
    British Virgin Islands
    Cayman
    Turks and Caicos

    For additional information, contact:
    Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade
    21 Dominica Drive
    Kingston 5
    Tel: 876-926-4220
    Fax: 876-929-6733
    Email: info@mfaft.gov.jm
    Website: www.mfaft.gov.jm