by Kevon Browne
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) just celebrated its 40th anniversary on June 18, and on July 5 its big Brother the Caribbean community will celebrate the 48th observance of CARICOM Day.
CARICOM Day, a public holiday in Guyana, is observed on the first Monday in July each year.
The day marks the signing of the Treaty of Chaguaramas on the first Monday of July in 1973, which established the Caribbean Community and Common Market, which would go on to become a Caribbean Community (CARICOM) with fifteen Member States and five Associate Members.
St. Kitts and Nevis has been a member of CARICOM since July 26, 1974.
The activities organized by the CARICOM Secretariat under the “I AM CARICOM” campaign are being rolled out across the Member States to promote the CARICOM identity and spirit of community at national and institutional levels and the NIA is encouraging the people of Nevis to celebrate the day.
According to a communique issued by the Secretariat, “The ‘I AM CARICOM’ campaign is a long-term communications strategy, “ to strengthen the CARICOM Identity and Spirit of Community by raising individual consciousness that CARICOM is about each citizen of the Caribbean Community…The campaign seeks to achieve this objective by providing information to increase visibility, awareness, and understanding of the Caribbean Community including its geography, institutions, governance structure, policies, and the benefits of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).”
With the COVID-19 protocols in the Member States that call for social distancing and prohibition of mass gatherings, some of the proposed activities in celebration of CARICOM Day and CARICOM Week 2021 include the decoration of all workspaces and homes depicting the CARICOM colours and other representations of CARICOM; and photographs that reflect the Caribbean community to be shared via social media including the CARICOM social media pages.
CARICOM Youth Ambassadors are encouraged to engage youth on the significance of CARICOM and the day by undertaking activities to promote the observance.
The NIA is encouraging the people of Nevis to celebrate CARICOM Day 2021, observed on July 05, by participating in the activities planned to mark the occasion.