The Caribbean Community (CARICOM)

CARICOM is an organization of Caribbean nations aiming to promote economic integration, foreign policy coordination, human and social development, and security amongst its member nations.



Hi everyone!! My name is Amanda and I am sophomore from D.C. (okay, Northern Virginia, but close enough!) prospectively studying African American Studies with a certificates in Latin American Studies. I spend most of my time on campus avoiding responsibilities by fighting climate change, the carceral state, and the urge to rewatch the West Wing for the 17th time. I am super excited for our discussion of an often overlooked region and exploring the intersections of economic development, racial justice, environmental justice, and decolonization. I am so excited to meet all of you, and feel free to contact me about any questions about the committee, carbon pricing, or prison abolition!


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Topic A: Infrastructure recovery and resilience

Two major hurricanes in 2017 devastated much of the public infrastructure on the caribbean islands: the damage inflicted on essential energy systems and transportation networks crippled many communities for months, and many areas of islands are still without power. The destruction of private property set back economic development for years, landing crippling blows to the tourism industry, the primary source of income for the islands. The reconstruction efforts have already plunged many caribbean economies into debt crises, with Debt making up over 200% of the GDP of many member nations. CARICOM must consider the immediate needs of the region for reconstruction after the disasters, as well as strategies to promote resilience to future disasters.

Topic B: Economic Development and Diversification

The shift of caribbean economies from primarily agricultural exporting societies to economies heavily reliant on the tourism sector has led to mixed results for the sustainability of caribbean economies; while less volatile than crops on a year to year basis, the revenue generated by the tourism sector typically is not seen by most residents of the islands. In some cases, up to 80% of revenue goes to foreign companies who own the majority of the resorts, preventing businesses owned by residents to generate capital and build up wealth independent of foreign intermediaries. CARICOM will consider different methods for economic diversification and their implications, including income inequality and working conditions.