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    Flag Raising Ceremony in observance of the CARIOM 50th Anniversary 

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    CARICOM Heads of Government group photograph for the Opening Ceremony of the 45th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)

Celebrating 50 Years of CARICOM

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Dr. Eric Williams speaks at signing of Treaty of Chaguaramas on 4 July, 1973 

In this season of Independence and Republic Day for Trinidad and Tobago and ongoing celebration of the 50th Anniversary of CARICOM, we should reflect on the address delivered by Dr. Eric Williams during the signing ceremony for the Treaty of Chaguaramas on 4th July 1973 at the Chaguaramas Convention Centre.  Dr. Williams was the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago and presided over the proceedings of the ceremony.  He was one of the original four (4) signatories of the Treaty of Chaguaramas.

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Figure 1: Dr. Eric E. Williams

Dr. Eric Eustace Williams was born on 25 September 1911. He attended Queen’s Royal College (QRC) where he excelled academically.  He won an island scholarship in 1932 to undertake tertiary studies at Oxford University.  Having attained a first class honours degree in History in 1935, Williams decided to pursue a Doctor of Philosophy degree in History.  He completed his doctorate in 1938 and his doctoral thesis which was entitled The Economic Aspects of the Abolition of the Slave Trade and West Indian Slavery, was published as Capitalism and Slavery. 

From the public platform in Woodford Square, on 15 January 1956, Dr. Williams inaugurated his own political party, the People’s National Movement (PNM).  He became the Chief Minister of Trinidad and Tobago in 1956, Premier in 1959 and led Trinidad and Tobago to Independence from the United Kingdom on 31st August, 1962.  Dr. Williams was the first Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago and held that position until his passing on 29 March, 1981.  He also led Trinidad and Tobago to attain status as a Republic in 1976.     

Williams was an advocate of regional integration and even after the collapse of the West Indies Federation in 1962 and Trinidad and Tobago’s attainment of independence in that same year, between 1963 to 1973, he hosted several meetings of the Heads of Government of Commonwealth Caribbean Countries in Port of Spain.   

Audio recording of Dr. Williams’ address during the signing ceremony for the Treaty of Chaguaramas on 4th July, 1973


Caribbean Wellness Day 2023

Caribbean Wellness Day is celebrated by CARICOM countries on the second Saturday in September, and forms part of the Region’s strategy to promote health and prevent and control the rates of Non-Communicable Diseases or NCDs.

The concept for Caribbean Wellness Day was agreed at the Regional Summit on Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) held on 15 September, 2007 in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago under the theme “Stemming the Tide of Non-Communicable Diseases in the Caribbean.”  The Regional Summit was historic and its outcome document is called the Port of Spain Declaration.  
Over the years, CARICOM Member States have worked towards enhancing the awareness of their populations on the threat posed by NCDs to their health and well-being.  The overall theme for the celebration of Caribbean Wellness Day over the period 2020 – 2024 is “Power Through Collective Action.”

Let us celebrate Caribbean Wellness Day 2023!


Photographs from the Regional Summit on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), 15 September, 2007 - Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

Heads of Government & CARICOM Secretary General

Figure 1:  Heads of Government & CARICOM Secretary General


Figure 2:  From Left - Prime Ministers of St. Vincent & the Grenadines (Dr. Ralph Gonsalves), Trinidad & Tobago (Mr. Patrick Manning), and Jamaica (Mr. Bruce Golding)

Trinidad & Tobago Display on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)

Figure 3:  Trinidad & Tobago Display on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)

Prime Minister of Barbados (Mr. Owen Arthur)

Figure 4:  Prime Minister of Barbados (Mr. Owen Arthur)

Salute to Jamaica's Independence

On 6th August, 2023, Jamaica, our sister CARICOM State, celebrated its 61st Anniversary of Independence.  Congratulations to the Government and people of Jamaica.

In honour of CARICOM’s 50th Golden Jubilee and Jamaica’s Independence, it is fitting that we can be inspired by this excerpt from the address delivered by one of CARICOM’s founding fathers, the then Prime Minister of Jamaica, Mr. Michael Norman Manley, on 4th July, 1973 during the signing ceremony for the Treaty of Chaguaramas.  This blast from the past brings back memories!


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PM Michael Manley - Audio of excerpts from address delivered in Chaguaramas on 4th July 1973

CARICOM 50th Anniversary - Activities in Brasilia

In honour of the CARICOM 50th Anniversary, on 9 July, 2023, Trinidad and Tobago’s Ambassador to Brazil, His Excellency Gerard Greene, hosted the diplomatic corps, Brazilian officials, the media and other guests to a Luncheon at the Residence.  The event was a fitting celebration of CARICOM’s Golden Jubilee.   

on 12 July, 2023, Ambassador Gerard Greene and other Heads of CARICOM Diplomatic Missions, participated in a tree planting ceremony at the Botanical Gardens in Brasilia.  The ceremony was organised in collaboration with the Government of the Federal District.  Ambassador Greene and his diplomatic colleagues are well aware that tree plantings build community spirit, benefit the environment and help to prevent soil erosion. 

Congratulations to Ambassador Greene and his CARICOM colleagues for organising this event.   


CARICOM 50 Event 9 July 2023 Brazil

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History and Interesting Articles

23.  Guardian - July 4th 1973 front page