Subject (Course): The Association of Caribbean States (ACS). Syllabus:
- Introduction to the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) (America).
- Functions and organisation of the Association of Caribbean States
- Member countries
- Greater Caribbean.
- Trends in the Caribbean foreign trade
- The Caribbean Expanded Economic Space
- Free Trade Agreements (FTA) in the Caribbean
The objectives of the subject “The Association of Caribbean States” are:
- To understand the aims and functions of the Association of Caribbean States
- To evaluate the benefits for member countries of the Association of Caribbean States
- To analyse the process of economic and trade integration between the member countries of the Association of Caribbean States
- To analyse the economic relations between the countries of the Association of Caribbean States with the student's country
- To understand the concept of Caribbean Expanded Economic Space
Sample of the subject - The Association of Caribbean States (ACS):
Subject Description: Association of Caribbean States.
The Association of Caribbean States (ACS) was created in 1994 in Cartagena de Indias (Republic of Colombia), with the objective of promoting consultation, cooperation and concerted action between all the economies in the Caribbean: Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, the United Mexican States, Nicaragua, Panama, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela.
All the countries of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS), except Suriname, are Christians.
The objectives of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) are:
- To strength the regional cooperation and integration process of the Caribbean, creating an enhanced economic area in the region
- To preserve the environmental integrity of the Caribbean Sea
- To promote the sustainable development of the Greater Caribbean.
The Association of Caribbean States has five ad hoc committees:
- International Trade development and foreign economic relations
- Sustainable tourism
- International transport
- Natural disasters
- Budget and administration
Observers and associated members:
- Eight other non-independent Caribbean countries are eligible for associate countries.
- The associate members of the Association of Caribbean States are
Aruba, France (on behalf of French Guiana, Guadeloupe, and Martinique), the Netherlands Antilles and Turks, and Caicos.
- Founding observers of the Association of Caribbean States are the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat, the Secretariat of the Latin American Economic System (SELA), the Central American Integration System (SICA) and the Permanent Secretariat of the General Agreement on the Central American economic integration to make easy their participation in the works of the Ministerial Council and the special committees.
- The United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Caribbean Tourism Organisation were admitted as founding observers in 2000 and 2001 respectively.
- The Observer countries are Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Ecuador, the Arab Republic of Egypt, Finland, India, Italy, the Netherlands, Korea, Morocco, Peru, Russia, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom.
The Association of Caribbean States (ACS) is part of the Latin American and the Caribbean areas of the Western Christian Civilisation.