Chairman of the Caribbean Community(CARICOM), Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness, on Friday signed three agreements pertaining to matters of the regional body. The signing took place during the 39th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM that ended in Montego Bay, Jamaica on Friday.
Arrest Warrant Treaty
One agreement relates to the CARICOM Arrest Warrant Treaty, which seeks to establish a system of arrest and surrender of requested persons within the Community for the purposes of conducting a criminal prosecution for an applicable offence; or executing a custodial sentence where the requested persons have fled from justice after being sentenced for an applicable offence.
Reestablishment of CXC
Another pertains to the Revised Agreement for the Establishment of the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC). This seeks to update the CXC’s legal structure in light of subsequent organizational practices, recent market developments and current needs, with particular emphasis on accommodating requests from additional territories and institutions to join or otherwise participate in the CXC.
Amend Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas
The other document is the Protocol amending the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas to incorporate the Council for National Security and Law Enforcement as an organ of the community and the CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security as an institution of the community.
The Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas establishing CARICOM, including the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), was signed in 2001.
Among the objectives, are improved standard of living and work in member countries; accelerated, coordinated and sustained economic development; and organization for increased production and productivity.
The Conference of Heads of Government, which consists of the Heads of Government of the Member States, is the supreme organ of the CARICOM and determines and provides its policy direction.