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.
To contribute, in support of Member States, to the improvement of the quality of life of the People of the Community and the development of an innovative and productive society in partnership with institutions and groups working towards attaining a people-centred, sustainable and internationally competitive Community.
To quicken the pace of integration, the West Indian Commission recommended
basic and fundamental changes to the structure of the Community and in the
arrangements for decision-making and implementation.
Heads of Government agreed with the general findings of the Commission, and
decided that among the changes that would be made to improve the structure and
management of the Community, the Treaty of Chaguaramas would be revised, given
the agreement to move from a Common Market to a Single Market and Single Economy
and to reflect the new community structures.
The Treaty was revised through a series of protocols - legal
instruments setting out the new rules - and in 2001, these protocols were
integrated into the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas establishing the Caribbean
Community including the CARICOM Single Market and Economy. The following is the
institutional structure of the Community as set out in the Revised Treaty:
The Conference of Heads of Government (and its Bureau)
The Community Council of Ministers (The Community Council)
The principal organs are assisted by four 'Organs', three 'bodies' and by the
CARICOM Secretariat - 'the Principal Administrative Organ'. The organs