Georgetown, 25 March 2022 (TDI): The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) announced that it is continuing to pursue development partnerships with Latin America.

Deputy Secretary-General of CARICOM, Dr. Armstrong Alexis, addressed a meeting of the Latin America and Caribbean Regional Program of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on Tuesday.

The Program focuses on the areas of economic productivity, social inclusion, governance, and sustainable development in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The Deputy Secretary-General, discussing the issue of productivity, said that industrial productivity will play a critical role in regional development.

He further added, “I hasten to add that the mistakes of the industrial nations will not be repeated, and CARICOM will be guided by the principles of green growth and low-carbon development strategies as we pursue our regional and national industrial policies.”

Regarding sustainable development, the official remarked that as it is the last decade of the 2030 Development Agenda, CARICOM will prioritize interventions in Disaster Risk Reduction.

Likewise, it will do the same in compensation for loss and damage, adaptation, food security, management, and conservation of the fisheries resources of the region, and enabling mechanisms to access climate financing.

Moreover, he showed the commitment of the regional organization to improving the countries’ governance systems, especially in relation to regional integration.

The official also discussed social inclusion. He said, “CARICOM will strengthen social inclusion by focusing on human resource development, youth development and gender equity, health sector development, culture and community development, and crime and security.”

The Caribbean Community will achieve its milestones while promoting and seeking support for its development priorities through partnerships with Latin American and other development partners.


The Caribbean Community is an intergovernmental regional organization. Its primary objectives are to promote economic integration and cooperation among its members, to ensure that the benefits of integration are equitably shared, and to coordinate foreign policy. It has fifteen member states, all of which are situated around the Caribbean Sea.