Turkey’s Relations with CARICOM (The Caribbean Community)

In the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) there are no observer members. Therefore, Turkey has initiated in 2007 a process in order to sign a consultation and cooperation agreement with CARICOM. This process has not been finalized yet.

Within the context of this process, a Turkey-CARICOM High Level Meeting was organized in Istanbul on 22-24 August 2008. Authorities from the foreign ministries of the 11 members of the Caribbean Community and their permanent representatives to the UN, CARICOM’s Deputy Secretary General H.E. Mr. Colin Granderson, Minister of Finance of St. Kitts and Nevis and the Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Dominica have attended the meeting.

During the meeting, the parties dealt with mutual and multilateral cooperation opportunities between Turkey and CARICOM member states. The representatives of CARICOM member states have received two briefings; one from TIKA (the Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency) regarding our country’s social and economic development aids and one from the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs covering Turkey’s foreign policy. Furthermore, the Undersecretariat of Foreign Trade, DEİK (the Foreign Economic Relations Board), Turkish Contractors’ Union and Turkish Tourism Investors Association provided presentations regarding our country’s economy.

Turkey contributed 400.000 USD to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA) of CARICOM and a further 4.000 USD in assistance to CARICOM’s memorial project to be enacted in memory of slave trade victims.