Caribbean Community (CARICOM)

Belize is a member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). The abbreviation CARICOM is a concatenation of the first four letters of CARIbbean, and the first three letters from COMmunity. CARICOM comprises of 15 Caribbean nations and dependencies.


Member nations

The following Caribbean nations are member of the CARICOM: 
  • Antigua and Barbuda, joined 4 July 1974
  • Bahamas, joined 4 July 1983
  • Barbados, joined 1 August 1973
  • Belize, joined 1 May 1974
  • Dominica, joined 1 May 1974
  • Grenada, joined 1 May 1974
  • Guyana, joined 1 August 1973
  • Haiti, joined 2 July 2002
  • Jamaica, joined 1 August 1973
  • Montserrat, joined 1 May 1974
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis, joined 26 July 1974 as Saint Christopher-Nevis-Anguilla
  • Saint Lucia, joined 1 May 1974
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, joined 1 May 1974
  • Suriname, joined 4 July 1995
  • Trinidad and Tobago, joined 1 August 1973

Main objectives

The main objective of the CARICOM are threefold: 
  • to promote economic integration and cooperation
  • to ensure that the benefits of integration are equitably shared
  • to coordinate foreign policy