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The Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED)

Posted in: Community Councils | 23 January 2015 / Release Ref #: /


    The Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) promotes trade and economic development of the  Caribbean Community (CARICOM)  and oversees the operations of the Single Market and Economy.

    Specifically,  Article 15 of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas  (Link to Treaty), states  the  Council which  consists of Ministers  designated by the Member States,  will:

    1. Promote the development and oversee the operation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy;
    2. evaluate, promote and establish measures to enhance production, quality control and marketing of industrial and agricultural commodities so as to ensure their international competitiveness; 
    3. establish and promote measures to accelerate structural diversification of industrial and agricultural production on a sustainable and regionally-integrated basis;
    4. determine and promote measures for the accelerated development and marketing of services;
    5. promote and develop policies and programmes to facilitate the transportation of people and goods; 
    6. promote measures for the development of energy and natural resources on a sustainable basis; 
    7. establish and promote measures for the accelerated development of science and technology; 
    8. promote and develop policies for the protection of and preservation of the environment and for sustainable development;
    9. promote and develop, in collaboration with the Council for Foreign and Community Relations, co-ordinated policies for the enhancement of external economic and trade relations of the Community, and
    10.  undertake any additional functions remitted to it by the Conference, arising under this Treaty.


    Each Member State shall be entitled to designate alternates to represent it on the COTED.

    Last Updated: 15 January 2016

    Related Work areas

    The Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) has oversight responsibility for the following area(s) of work:


    Key Documents

    Treaty of Chaguaramas

    Rules of Procedure

    Community Councils