The Conference of Heads of Government consists of the Heads of Government
of the Member States. Any Head of Government may designate a Minister
or other person to represent him or her at any Meeting of the Conference.
Functions and Powers of the Conference
The Conference is the supreme Organ of the Community and determines
and provides policy direction for the Community.
Except where otherwise provided in the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas
establishing the Caribbean Community including the CARICOM Single Market
and Economy, the Conference is the final authority for the conclusion
of treaties on behalf of the Community and for entering into relationships
between the Community and international organisations and States.
The Conference may take decisions in order to establish the financial
arrangements necessary to defray the expenses of the Community and
is the final authority on questions arising in relation to the financial
affairs of the Community.
The Conference may establish such Organs or Bodies as it considers
necessary for the achievement of the objectives of the Community.
The Conference may issue policy directives of a general or special
character to other Organs and Bodies of the Community concerning the
policies to be pursued for the achievement of the objectives of the
Community and effect shall be given to such directives.
Notwithstanding any other provision of the Revised Treaty, the Conference
may consider and resolve disputes between Member States.
The Conference may consult with entities within the Caribbean Region
or with other organisations and for this purpose may establish such
machinery as it considers necessary.
The Conference shall regulate its own procedure and may decide to
admit at its deliberations as observers of non-Member States of the
Community and other entities.
The Bureau of the Conference of Heads of Government
The Bureau, consisting of the current Chairman and the immediately
outgoing and incoming Chairmen of the Conference, shall perform the
(a) initiate proposals for development and approval by the
Ministerial Councils as it considers necessary;
(b) update the consensus of the Member States on issues falling
to be determined by the Conference;
(c) facilitate implementation of Community decisions, both
at the regional and local levels, in an expeditious and informed
(d) provide guidance to the Secretariat on policy issues