CARICOM Heads of Government


CARICOM Heads of Government

The CARICOM heads of government serve as the most important body leading key policy direction for the Caribbean Community organisation and for the implementation of the Caribbean (CARICOM) Single Market and Economy.

Current leaders

* ATG: Baldwin Spencer
* BHS: Hubert Ingraham
* BAR: David Thompson
* BLZ: Dean Barrow
* DMA: Roosevelt Skerrit
* GRD: Tillman Thomas
* GUY: Bharrat Jagdeo
* HAI: René Préval
* JAM: Bruce Golding
* MSR: Lowell Lewis
* SKN: Denzil Douglas
* LCA: Stephenson King
* VIN: Ralph Gonsalves
* SUR: Ronald Venetiaan
* TRI: Patrick Manning
* Cleanup|date=September 2008 : Raul Castro
* PR : Anibal Acevedo Vila
* DO : Leonel Fernandez

CARICOM past leaders

Only those persons who have been leaders since their country became a member of CARICOM are listed. The leaders are listed in order of their terms, with leaders serving twice only being listed in order of their first term:
* ATG: Vere Cornwall Bird and Lester Bird
* BHS: Lynden Pindling and Hubert Ingraham (twice, also incumbent), Perry Christie
* BAR: Errol Barrow (twice), Tom Adams, Bernard St. John, Erskine Sandiford and Owen Arthur
* BLZ: George Cadle Price (twice), Manuel Esquivel (twice) and Said Musa
* DMA: Edward Oliver LeBlanc, Patrick John, Oliver Seraphine, Dame Eugenia Charles, Edison James, Rosie Douglas, Pierre Charles and Osborne Riviere (acting)
* GRD: Eric Gairy, Maurice Bishop, Herbert A. Blaize, Ben Jones, Nicholas Brathwaite, George Brizan and Keith Mitchell
* GUY 1: Arthur Chung, Forbes Burnham, Desmond Hoyte, Cheddi Jagan, Sam Hinds and Janet Jagan
* HAI 2: Jean-Bertrand Aristide
* JAM: Michael Manley (twice), Edward Seaga, P. J. Patterson and Portia Simpson-Miller
* MSR: Percival Austin Bramble, John Osborne (twice), Reuben Meade, Bertrand Osborne and David Brandt
* SKN: Robert L. Bradshaw, Paul Southwell, Lee Moore and Kennedy Simmonds
* LCA: John Compton (thrice), Allan Louisy, Winston Cenac, Michael Pilgrim (interim), Vaughan Lewis and Kenny Anthony
* VIN: James Fitz-Allen Mitchell (twice), Milton Cato and Arnhim Eustace
* SUR: Ronald Venetiaan (also incumbent) and Jules Wijdenbosch
* TRI: Eric Williams, George Chambers, A.N.R. Robinson, Patrick Manning (also incumbent) and Basdeo Panday

Portfolios

Each of the regional leaders have been relegated to a specific task to oversee, in the capacity of a CARICOM quasi-cabinet. Once work on a specific subject area is completed, that information is transmitted to the other CARICOM Heads of Government and then a process of implementation is carried out by the governments in other member states.

These are some of the areas which have been assigned: (both "officially" and by national special interest.)
* ATG ... Lead Head of Government for the Services (including Information Technology and Telecommunications)
* BAH ... Lead Head of Government for the Tourism
* BAR ... Lead Head of Government for the CSME (including Monetary Union)
* BLZ ... Lead Head of Government for Sustainable Development (including Environment and Disaster Management)
* DMA ... Lead Head of Government for Labour (including intra-Community movement of skills)
* GRD ... Lead Head of Government for Science and Technology
* GUY ... Lead Head of Government for Agriculture
* HAI ... Lead Head of Government for Transport (Maritime and Aviation)
* JAM ... Lead Head of Government for External Negotiations/Foreign Relations
* MSR ... Will work closely with Belize in Disaster Management
* SKN ... Head of Government for Health, Human Resources and HIV/AIDS
* LCA ... Lead Head of Government for Justice and Governance
* VIN ... Lead Head of Government for Air Transportation; and Banana trade issues
* SUR ... Lead Head of Government for Community Development and Cultural Cooperation
* TRI ... Lead Head of Government for Crime and Security; and Energy Policy

Footnotes

#Note that for Guyana only the past Presidents are listed. In most instances the past Presidents of Guyana since it joined CARICOM were also past Prime Ministers at some point. Only Arthur Chung and Cheddi Jagan have never been Prime Ministers. Prime Ministers of Guyana (since it joined CARICOM) that were never Presidents at some point were Ptolemy Reid and Hamilton Green.
#The head of the interim government in Haiti, which was installed under controversial circumstances had been suspended, (as of 2004) from the councils of the Caribbean Community and was not recognized as the legitimate government, hence its leaders aren't listed.


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