CARICOM-Cuba Day Date in the current year: December 8, 2016

CARICOM-Cuba Day CARICOM-Cuba Day is an annual observance that marks the anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations by the nations of the Caribbean Community with Cuba. It is celebrated on December 8.

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is an organization that promotes cooperation and economic integration among Caribbean nations and dependencies. It was established in 1973 as the Caribbean Community and Common Market. The original members of the Community were Guyana, Jamaica, Barbados, and Trinidad and Tobago. Currently it has 15 full members, 5 associate members, and 8 observers.

Cuba established diplomatic relations with four countries that would later form CARICOM on December 8, 1972. Cuban cooperation with the Caribbean nations has been expanding as other countries have been joining CARICOM. Cuba is the world's only country to have embassies in all independent countries of CARICOM. According to Fidel Castro, strengthening of cooperation between Cuba and Caribbean nations can prevent their domination by rich countries in a global economy.

CARICOM-Cuba Day was established in 2002 to celebrate ties between Cuba and the Caribbean Community. The traditional CARICOM-Cuba Summit usually opens on this day. The first summit was held in 2010.

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Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Haiti, Guyana, Grenada, Dominica, Cuba, Montserrat, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica


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