Devon Rowe, executive director, CARICAD
Devon Rowe, executive director, CARICAD

CARICAD board meets this week in Jamaica

From the Caribbean Centre for Development Administration (CARICAD) 

BRIDGETOWN – The 35th meeting of the Board of Directors of the Caribbean Centre for Development Administration  (CARICAD) will be held at the Courtleigh Hotel in Kingston, Jamaica tomorrow.

Under the theme “Re-shaping the Public Service in the Caribbean for the Future — The Role of CARICAD,” the board meeting will be preceded by a Board of Directors Forum today.

Topics which will be addressed at the forum include the following:

  • Economic Performance in the Caribbean and the Challenge for Public Administration
  • Resilient Caribbean Development – The Role of the Public Sector
  • Future of Caribbean Public Services: CARICAD and Member States Working Together for Success

The board meeting the following day will consider the report from this forum, as well as the report of CARICAD’s Executive Director Devon Rowe. The current chairperson of CARICAD’s Board of Directors is Alyson Forte, permanent secretary, Ministry of the Public Service in Barbados.

Based in Bridgetown, CARICAD was established by a decision of the CARICOM heads of government and is an institution of CARICOM under the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas. The organisation became fully operational in 1980.

CARICAD is the region’s focal point for transforming and modernising public sectors of member states to better formulate and implement public policy toward the achievement of sound governance. CARICAD’s focus has been on shaping and enhancing the development and sustainability of strong governance and leadership structures.

CARICAD’s work programme is financed by annual contributions from member governments and project funding from development partners and the organisation receives policy direction through meetings of ministers of the public service. Its board of directors comprises senior officials of the ministries of the public service in member states.

The institution is managed by Executive Director Devon Rowe, who is supported by a small team of technical experts and administrative personnel. Other specialist services are outsourced from time to time.

Membership of CARICAD is open to CARICOM states and overseas territories within the Caribbean. Currently, there are 17 members of CARICAD: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, The British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and the Turks & Caicos Islands.