Read full article here. Below I provide some background information, a post regarding the 10-Point Plan soon to follow.
“A meeting of CARICOM nations in St Vincent has approved unanimously a ten-point plan proposed by the Caricom Reparations Commission to achieve reparatory justice for the victims of genocide, slavery, slave trading, and racial apartheid.”
“I am very pleased that the conference has adopted the Plan. Reparations for the slave era is an issue that has resonated increasingly in recent years.
“This is a very comprehensive and fair set of demands on the Governments whose countries grew rich at the expense of those regions whose human wealth was stolen from them.”A Conference in London between representatives of CARICOM and the slave nations, to include the Governments of Holland, UK, France as well as potentially other nations who profited from the slave trade, will enable our clients to quickly gauge whether or not their concerns are being taken seriously.”
- First Heads of Government Conference in July 1963 – build agenda that acknowledges the need for close cooperation with Europe, Africa and Latin America.
- Establishment of a Free Trade Area in the Caribbean in July 1965, signed December 1965.
- The new CARIFTA agreement came into effect on May 1968 – adding Antigua, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts/Nevis/Anguilla, Saint Lucia and St. Vincent, Jamaica, Montserrat, and British Honduras (Belize) became a member in May 1971.
- Seventh Heads of Government Conference in October 1972 – Caribbean Leaders decided to transform CARIFTA into a Common Market and establish the Caribbean Community of which the Common Market
- Eighth Heads of Government Conference of CARIFTA held in April 1973 in Georgetown, Guyana the decision to establish the Caribbean Community was brought into fruition – four independent countries: Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago and eight territories – Antigua, British Honduras, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia, Montserrat, St. Kitts/Nevis/Anguilla and St. Vincent.
- The Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) was established by the Treaty of Chaguaramas, which was signed by Barbados, Jamaica, Guyana and Trinidad & Tobago and came into effect on August 1, 1973. Subsequently the other eight Caribbean territories joint CARICOM. The Bahamas became the 13th Member State of the Community on July 4, 1983, but not a member of the Common Market.
- In July 1991, the British Virgin Islands and the Turks and Caicos became Associated Members of CARICOM, followed by Anguilla in July 1999. The Cayman Islands became the fourth Associate Member of the regional grouping on 16 May 2002, and Bermuda the fifth Associate Member on 2 July 2003.
- Haiti secured provisional membership on 4 July 1998 and on 03 July 2002 was the first French-speaking Caribbean State to become a full Member of CARICOM.