The Office of the Secretary-General comprises the following :
The Executive Office: provides direct support and advice to the Secretary-General, in achieving his priorities, through research and consultations internally with EMC Members and other staff; with Member States; with Institutions and other stakeholders.
The Internal Audit Unit : delivers independent and objective assurance and advisory services to add value to and improve the operations of the Secretariat and other Community institutions as requested and agreed.
The Communications Unit: creates awareness of the Community and the Secretariat’s role, work and achievements, and seeks to positively shape perceptions, attitudes and behaviour towards the Community and its Secretariat.
The Change Management Office: A three year special project to assist the Secretary-General to, inter alia, drive the process of restructuring the CARICOM Secretariat . This includes the preparation of a Business Plan for the organisation encompassing a close examination of, and agreement on, its core business guided by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Srategic Plan. The restructuring of the Secretariat is intended to make it more fit for purpose, enabling it to fulfill its role as envisaged in the Strategic Plan.
The Office of the Deputy Secretary-General is responsible for the following:
Administrative Services: establishes, maintains and monitors systems to enhance the delivery of the Secretaiat’s programmes of work
Conference Services: is responsible for servicing the meetings of the Organs and Institutions of the Community.
Documentation Centre & Registry: fall administratively under the Corporate Services Programme. The Central Registry is responsible for the receipt, recording, routing and storage of both hard copy and electronic official mail received by the Secretariat while the Documentation Centre primarily provides information support to CARICOM Staff.
The Documentation Centre is also a repository for all documents emanating from meetings convened by the Secretariat.
See also: Regional ISBN Agency
Finance: is responsible for the financial operation and management of the Secretariat with respect to Member States’ and Donor Resources.
Human Resource Management: provides support to the management and general staff through the promotion of human resource development.
Integrated Information System: is responsible for providing IT service and support to the organization. The department coordinates and manages the IT resources including the network infrastructure and services, websites, software applications and virtual meeting platform in order to improve the efficiency and delivery of the
The Office of the General Counsel is responsible for providing legal advice to the Community. In addition to providing legal services to the CARICOM Secretariat (the Administrative Organ of the Community), the Office also advises the Organs, Bodies and Institutions of the Community. The work of the Office of the General Counsel supports the functions of the Secretariat, and the responsibilities of the Secretary-General set out in the Treaty, particularly in relation to advice on implementation of the Treaty and Community obligations, dispute settlement and treaty depositary functions.
The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat’s Office of Trade Negotiations is responsible for developing and maintaining a cohesive framework for coordinating and managing CARICOM’s external trade negotiations resources.
The OTN’s mission is to help Member States maximize the benefits of participating in trade negotiations by: Providing sound advice,Facilitating the generation of regional positions,Coordinating the formulation of a cohesive negotiating strategy, Leading negotiations where appropriate
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