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Pursuant to resolution 358(XVI) of 1975, the Caribbean Development and Cooperation Committee (CDCC) was created as a permanent subsidiary body of the Economic Commission of Latin America and the Caribbean to promote development cooperation among Caribbean countries.

CDCC objectives

The objectives of CDCC are:

  • To promote and strengthen economic and social cooperation and integration among the countries of the Caribbean and with Latin America
  • To promote the sharing of information and experiences among its membership
  • To promote common positions and strategies on economic and social issues among Caribbean nations, and on their relations with third countries, and to present those positions to international forums and agencies

CDCC members

The member countries of CDCC are: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.

The associate members of CDCC are: Anguilla, Aruba, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Montserrat, Puerto Rico, Turks and Caicos Islands, and United States Virgin Islands.

CDCC structure

CDCC comprises the following elements:

  • The session of ministers
  • The Monitoring Committee
  • Such other subsidiary organs as may be established by the Session of Ministers.

Regular sessions of ministers are held every two years and are preceded by a meeting of the Monitoring Committee at the same venue. The sessions are convened on dates that facilitate the transmission of relevant reports and decisions to the biennial sessions of ECLAC. The regular meetings of the Monitoring Committee are held annually.

CDCC cooperates with other intergovernmental bodies in the Caribbean, including the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and the Association of Caribbean States (ACS).


CDCC reports

Resolution 358(XVI) of 1975 establishing the Caribbean Development and Cooperation Committee (CDCC)

CDCC constituent declaration, functions and rules of procedure




The mission of the ECLAC subregional headquarters for the Caribbean is to deepen the understanding of the development challenges facing the Caribbean, and to contribute to solutions by conducting research and analysis and providing sound policy advice and technical assistance to Caribbean governments, focused on growth with equity and recognition of the subregion’s vulnerability.

The Caribbean Development and Cooperation Committee (CDCC) adopted resolution 73(XXIII) at its twenty-third session, held in 2010. In this resolution, it invited key parties to join ECLAC in spearheading a Caribbean Development Roundtable (CDR) to consider sustainable development challenges and opportunities in the subregion.

This landmark represents the continued commitment of ECLAC to provide a mechanism that facilitates the cross-fertilization of ideas in support of the development goals of the Caribbean region.


First meeting of the Caribbean Development Roundtable

Port of Spain, 13 September 2011

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Second meeting of the Caribbean Development Roundtable

Georgetown, 30 May 2012

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Third meeting of the Caribbean Development Roundtable

Kingston, 24 April 2014

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