Regional Integration in the Caribbean

  • Jacqueline Laguardia MartinezEmail author
  • Georgina Chami
  • Annita Montoute
  • Debbie A. Mohammed


The chapter gives an overview of regional integration efforts from the time of the West Indies Federation to the Caribbean Free Trade Association and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). This chapter also examines how the Caribbean Community operates as a regional organization. It provides a general introduction to CARICOM, its purpose, mandate, governance structure, institutions, challenges, and future direction. Finally, the chapter exposes CARICOM’s development challenges and reflects on what emerging trends against regional cooperation could mean for CARICOM-Cuba relations.


Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Regional integration Caribbean Cuba-CARICOM relations 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jacqueline Laguardia Martinez
    • 1
    Email author
  • Georgina Chami
    • 1
  • Annita Montoute
    • 1
  • Debbie A. Mohammed
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of International RelationsUniversity of the West IndiesSt. AugustineTrinidad and Tobago

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