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According to both the Original  and Revised  Treaty of Chaguaramas, the Secretary-General is appointed by the Conference of Heads of Government, on the recommendation of the Community Council of Ministers (and previously the Common Market Council in the Original Treaty), for a term not exceeding five years and may be reappointed by the Conference.
The Secretary-General, subject to the Organs of the Community and in accordance with various regulations, performs the following functions:
- representing the Community;
- developing, as mandated, decisions of competent Organs of the Community into implementable proposals;
- identifying and mobilising, as required, external resources to implement decisions at the regional level and undertake studies and develop decisions on relevant issues into implementable proposals;
- implementing, as mandated, decisions at the regional level for the achievement of Community objectives;
- implementing, with the consent of the Member State concerned, Community decisions which do not require legislative or administrative action by national authorities;
- monitoring and reporting on, as mandated, implementation of Community decisions;
- initiating or developing proposals for consideration and decision by the competent Organs in order to achieve Community objectives
- and such other functions assigned by the Conference or other competent Organs.
The current Secretary-General is Ambassador Irwin LaRocque (Dominica) who was appointed in 2011.
|Caribbean Free Trade Agreement|
|Name||Beginning of term||End of term||Country|
|Frederick L. Cozier ||1968||1969||Barbados|
|William Demas ||1969||1973||Trinidad and Tobago|
|Name||Beginning of term||End of term||Country|
|William Demas||1973||1974||Trinidad and Tobago|
|Sir Alister McIntyre||1974||August 1977||Grenada|
|Joseph Tyndall (acting)||August 1977||August 1978||Guyana|
|Kurleigh King||November 1978||September 1983||Barbados|
|Roderick Rainford||September 1983||August 1992||Jamaica|
|Edwin W. Carrington||August 1992||December 2010||Trinidad and Tobago|
|Lolita Applewhaite (acting)||January 2011||August 2011||Barbados|
|Irwin LaRocque ||August 2011||present||Dominica|
The second (and last) Secretary-General of CARIFTA, Mr. William Demas, became the first Secretary-General of the CARICOM. Mr. Demas had been instrumental in the transition from CARIFTA to the Caribbean Community, publishing a booklet in 1972 entitled "From CARIFTA to the Caribbean Community" wherein he outlined policies for deepening the integration process.
- "CARICOM View: 40 years of integration". caricom.org. Retrieved February 20, 2013. "is the place six Caribbean Community (CARICOM)Secretaries-General called home over the past forty years. Colgrain House, once the home of sugar magnate, Jock Campbell, has been an integral component of the regional integration movement from the Community’s inception. Back in July 1968, it housed both the administrative offices of the Caribbean Free Trade Area (CARIFTA) - the precursor to CARICOM - as well as the residence of its Secretary-General, Mr. Fred Cozier. From thereon, Secretaries-General William Demas, Alister McIntyre, Kurleigh King, Roderick Rainford, and Edwin Carrington, took up residence there."
- "FREDERICK LLOYD COZIER - SECRETARY-GENERAL 1968-1969". caricom.org. Retrieved August 26, 2011. "From that position he was seconded in 1968 to be the first Secretary-General of the Caribbean Free Trade Association (CARIFTA). His primary responsibility in the initial year 1968-1969 was the establishment of the Commonwealth Caribbean Regional Secretariat at Colgrain House in Georgetown, Guyana, and in servicing the several committees set up by the Caribbean Heads of Government to give effect to the provisions of CARIFTA."
- "“A HOME OF OUR OWN” THE NEW CARICOM SECRETARIAT HEADQUARTERS BUILDING". jis.gov.jm. Jamaica Information Service. February 24, 2005. Retrieved August 26, 2011. "In 1968, when the CARIFTA Secretariat was launched under Secretary-General Mr. Fred Cozier, it was housed at the Colgrain House, which is located in Georgetown. In May 1969, Colgrain House became the official residence of the CARIFTA Secretary-General. It is now the official residence of the CARICOM Secretary-General....During his short term in office from 1968-1969, Secretary-General Cozier occupied the northern half of the building."
- "“A HOME OF OUR OWN” THE NEW CARICOM SECRETARIAT HEADQUARTERS BUILDING". jis.gov.jm. Jamaica Information Service. February 24, 2005. Retrieved August 26, 2011. "One of the longest serving staff members of the CARICOM Secretariat, Ms. Myrtle Chuck-A-Sang, whose entrance to the Secretariat and tenure with the integration movement spans three decades, reflected on the small batch of twenty staff who worked with Mr. Cozier’s successor, Secretary-General, Mr. William Demas."
- "Dominican Irwin LaRocque named new Secretary General of CARICOM". CUOPM.com. Office of the Prime Minister of St. Kitts & Nevis. July 21, 2011. Retrieved July 27, 2011. "Chairman of the Caribbean Community, St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas Thursday announced that His Excellency Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has been selected to serve as the seventh Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) by the Heads of Government."
- Boxill, Ian (1993). Ideology and Caribbean integration. Barbados. Jamaica. Trinidad and Tobago: Canoe Press University of the West Indies. p. 128. ISBN 976-41-0045-7.
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