During the meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) in Honduras on 7 December 2000, Turkey was admitted as an observer member to the ACS.
Following the attainment of “permanent observer state” status, a “Framework Cooperation Agreement” was signed on 10 December 2001 during the ACS Council of Ministers and Summit Meetings held on 9-12 December 2001. This agreement has further institutionalized our cooperation with the Association. The agreement came into effect on 1 July 2004.
In order to develop our relations with the international institutions in the region, Turkey provided an assistance of 9.000 USD to the ACS in the year 2000 and additionally, during the period between 2001 and 2005 she contributed each year an amount of 12.000 USD to the special fund set up by the ACS for the contributions of observer members.
Within the context of our developing relations with the Latin American and Caribbean states and in connection with the declaration of the year 2006 in Turkey as the “Year of Latin America and the Caribbean”, the contributions we have made to the ACS are; 15.000 USD in 2006, 25.000 USD in 2007, an increase to 50.000 USD in 2008 and 30.000 USD in contributions during the years of 2009 and 2010. The amount we have contributed to the ACS in 2008 was allocated to the Caribbean Sea Commission, established in 2006.