Who we are

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.

Mission Statement of the Secretariat: 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.

Offices and Directorates:

  • Secretary-General
  • Deputy Secretary-General
  • General Counsel
  • Office of Trade Negotiations
  • Foreign and Community Relations
  • Human and Social Development
  • Trade and Economic Integration
  • Caribbean Forum of African, Caribbean and Pacific States

Together these positions comprise the Executive Management of the Organisation and are responsible for the strategic management and direction of the Organisation and for working closely with the Councils and their Chairpersons to promote the implementation of decisions.

The main functions of the Secretariat are:

  • Initiate or develop proposals for consideration and decision by the relevant Organs

  • Initiate, organise and conduct studies

  • Provide, on request, services to Member States on Community-related matters

  • Service meetings of the Organs and Bodies of the Community and take appropriate follow-up action on decisions taken

  • Collect, store and disseminate relevant information to Member States

  • Assist Community Organs in the development and implementation of proposals and programmes

  • Mobilise resources from donor agencies to assist in the implementation of Community Programmes

  • Prepare the draft Work Programme and Budget of the Secretariat for examination by the Budget Committee

  • Provide, on request, technical assistance to national authorities to facilitate implementation of Community decisions; and

  • Conduct, as mandated, fact-finding assignments in Member States


Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, a national of Dominica, assumed the Office of Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on 15 August 2011, following his selection by the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM on 21 July 2011.

Organisational Structure as at 13 February 2009

Former Secretaries-General of the Community are:

William Demas (Trinidad and Tobago) 1973 - 1974
Alister McIntyre (Grenada) 1974 - 1977
Dr Kurleigh King (Barbados) 1979 - 1983
Roderick Rainford (Jamaica) 1983 - 1992
Edwin W. Carrington (Trinidad and Tobago) 1992-2010

Please follow the link below for more information:
List of SGs and DSGs of CARICOM at 7 February 2013

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