Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community, His Excellency Mr. Edwin W.
Carrington on Tuesday (July 13) held discussions with the Secretary-General of
the Association of Caribbean States, Dr. Rubén Silié Valdez with the aim of
enhancing co-operation between the two secretariats that work to advance the
social and economic development of the peoples of the Caribbean.
During a visit
by Dr. Silié to the CARICOM Headquarters in Georgetown, Guyana Mr. Carrington
welcomed the recently elected head of the ACS Secretariat and wished him a
successful term of office.
A meeting with Dr. Silié and senior members of the CARICOM Secretariat staff
was also held to review the CARICOM/ACS relationship and chart a course for
improving the mechanism for co-operation and interaction between the two
The CARICOM Secretary-General recalled that the ACS was created in
1994, largely by a decision of CARICOM, as a zone of co-operation involving
CARICOM Member States and the other countries in the Greater Caribbean.
mandate of the ACS, Mr. Carrington pointed out, calls for close collaboration
with the CARICOM Secretariat, which retains the position of a Founding Observer
within the ACS. He expressed the view that the visit by Dr. Silié was in
keeping with the spirit of co-operation that has always existed between the two
Meanwhile, Dr. Silié, a national of the Dominican Republic and the third
person to hold the position of ACS Secretary-General, said the move to create
the ACS was a wise one on the part of CARICOM as the co-operation zone provided
a good channel for economic collaboration involving a wider group of countries
in the region.
He indicated that his term of office would be characterized by a
focus on programmes, which impact the lives of the Caribbean people. Such a
direction, he hoped, will help to generate increased support for the ACS among
and within Member States of the cooperation zone.