The Mission of the Special Fund

The priority areas of the ACS are Trade, Transport, Sustainable Tourism and Disasters Risk Reduction as decided during the VI Ordinary Ministerial Council held in San Pedro Sula, Honduras in December 2000. The Fund will concentrate in projects in these priority areas.

The priority of the Fund is the funding of the projects adopted by the Council of National Representatives of the Special Fund.

Furthermore, during the Third Summit of Heads of State and/or Government of the States, Countries and Territories of the Association of Caribbean States, held in Margarita Island, Venezuela, on December 11-12, 2001, it was expressed the need to increase the resources of the Special Fund of the ACS, as a mechanism for the implementation of projects in the priority areas of the Association. In this regard, the Special Fund activities are guided by the mandate given by the Members and Associate Members in the Margarita Plan of Action.

One of the Special Fund priorities is the organization of a Network of International Cooperation Focal Points in the Greater Caribbean. In this regard, the ACS, with the invaluable help of the Government of Mexico, organized the 1st Meeting of International Cooperation Focal Points in April 2002 that has led to the adoption of the Strategic Plan of Action for the period 2002-2003:

See Special Fund Strategic Plan of Action for 2002-2003

The Fund’s Council of National Representatives also proposed the organization of a meeting with donor agencies and national cooperation agencies to seek funding for ACS projects.