The First Strategic Plan for the Caribbean Community
13 January 2015 Category: Report Analysis
The first Strategic Plan for the Caribbean Community outlines the strategic repositioning of the community, and captures a development agenda at a time when the region faces financial, economic, social and environmental threats.
The theme of the plan is resilience, which is to protect against and recover from any eventuality – aiming to build economic, social, environmental and technological resilience together with strengthening the CARICOM identity and community governance.
The goal of economic resilience is to engender sustainable growth in the economies of member states by accelerating implementation and use of the CARICOM single market and by increasing competitiveness and other measures.
On the social resilience side, they aim to ensure sustainable human and social development in the region with reduced levels of poverty; significant improvement of citizen security and equitable access by vulnerable groups. One of the principle strategies is to improve skill development and education.
Another goal in this report is to reduce vulnerability to disaster risk, the effects of climate change and ensure effective management of the natural resources across Member States by enhancing the management of the environment and natural resources.
In relation to technological resilience, CARICOM’s plan is to promote innovative, technology-driven economies and societies in the Region by developing a single CARICOM ICT space and mobilising resources and commitment of Member States to invest in ICT.
The goal is to strengthen the CARICOM Identity by facilitating opportunities for the people of the Region to build social and economic relationships.
Another goal of the report is to strengthen community governance in order to support good decision-making and the successful implementation of the regional agenda and accountability of all actors.