Guyana & CARICOM

Guyana is a founding member of the caribbean community organization known as the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) which has its Secretariat headquartered in the capital, Georgetown.

An organisation of 15 Caribbean nations and dependencies, CARICOM's main purposes are to promote economic integration and cooperation among its members, to ensure that the benefits of integration are equitably shared, and to coordinate foreign policy. Its major activities involve coordinating economic policies and development planning; devising and instituting special projects for the less-developed countries within its jurisdiction; operating as a regional single market for many of its members.

Other CARICOM Member States are Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & The Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad& Tobago, British Virgin Islands and Turks & Caicos Islands.

Before 2001, accreditation of medical education programs in the former British colonies of the Caribbean was carried out by the British, General Medical Council (GMC). The establishment of Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and Other Health Professions (CAAM-HP ) was established in 2003 under the aegis of CARICOM as an integral component of the regional thrust to ensure quality education and training.

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