The Caribbean Community and the Government of Cuba (jointly referred to as "The Parties"):
their confidence in and support for the goals of the United Nations Organisation which is concerned with the problems affecting the developing countries:
their support for the Charter of Economic Rights and Duties of States which was adopted in 1979 at the Thirty-Fourth Session of the General Assembly of the United
of the social, economic, technological, financial and other constraints which negatively affect the development of Caribbean Countries;
that the general recognition by all nations of a set of basic principles to govern their economic relations would contribute to a just and lasting peace;
of the necessity to promote and encourage the effective exercise of civil, political, economic, social, cultural and other fundamental human rights and freedoms which
derive from the inherent dignity of the human person and which are essential for the free and full development of the individual;
themselves to respect for the fundamental elements of civil society, such as free elections and functional systems of democratic governance and social and economic
a common desire for the promotion of economic, cultural and technological co-operation;
the desirability of establishing closer links among the countries of the Caribbean Region in the search for solutions to their social and economic problems;
of further enhancing relations between the Member States of the Caribbean Community and Cuba;
of the need in any scheme of co-operation between the Caribbean Community and Cuba to give special consideration to the needs of the Less Developed Countries of
the Caribbean Community in order to accelerate their development and to improve the living conditions of their people;
that effective solutions to their mutual problems would be facilitated by the conduct of systematic studies at the technical level and through closer co-operation in the
economic, social and cultural and technological fields,
HAVE AGREED AS FOLLOWS:
Establishment of the
Caribbean Community - Cuba Joint Commission
The Caribbean Community - Cuba Joint Commission (hereinafter referred to as "the
Commission") is hereby established.
Composition of the Commission
1 The Commission shall consist of representatives of the Caribbean
Community and of the Government of Cuba.
2 In connection with the Work of the Commission -
|| (a) the Secretariat of the Caribbean Community shall perform
administrative, technical and co-ordinating functions on behalf of the Caribbean
(b) the Ministry of External Affairs of Cuba will notify the
Commission of the Body which shall perform administrative, technical and
co-ordinating functions on behalf of the Government of Cuba.
3 The Commission may establish subsidiary bodies with such
functions as may be entrusted to them by the Commission.
1 The objectives of the Commission shall be to promote co-operative
relations between the Caribbean Community and Cuba in economic, social, cultural
and technological fields.
2 The Members of the Caribbean Community and Cuba will seek
a greater understanding of each others views and positions on issues which may
arise in the various regional and international forums, in an effort to promote
closer relations in economic, social, cultural and technological fields.
Meetings of the Commission
1 The Commission shall meet at least once in every year at
such time as may be agreed by the Caribbean Community and the Government of Cuba.
2 Meetings of the Commission shall be held alternately in a
CARICOM Member State and Cuba or at such other place as may be agreed between
the Caribbean Community and the Government of Cuba.
3 The agenda for each meeting of the Commission shall be settled
by representatives of the Caribbean Community and the Government of Cuba at least
one month before the meeting.
4 The decisions of the Commission shall have the status of
recommendations to the Parties to this Agreement.
Entry Into Force
This Agreement shall enter into force immediately upon the Exchange of Letters
of Approval of the Agreement by the Parties.
1 Either Party may withdraw from this Agreement by giving notice
in writing to the other Party. Such withdrawal shall take effect 12 months after
the notice is received by the other Party.
2 In the event of withdrawal by either Party, both Parties
undertake to honour any outstanding obligations.
The Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community in collaboration with the Ministry
of External Affairs of the Government of Cuba shall as soon as practicable after
the Agreement enters into force make the necessary arrangements for convening
the Inaugural Meeting of the Commission.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF
the undersigned Plenipotentiaries attach their
DONE AT Georgetown, Guyana on the 13th
day of December one thousand nine hundred and ninety-three
|Sgd. Edwin W. Carrington
|Sgd. Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz
Minister of External Affairs
A single copy in English and Spanish, both texts being equally authentic.