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This regional plan sets out the framework for DFID's involvement in the Caribbean over the next three years up to 2006/7. It draws on the UK Governments White Papers on International Development and Globalisation, and DFID'S Middle Income Countries Strategy.
The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) comprises a diverse group of countries each with their specific challenges and opportunities, but they all face the challenges of globalisation and need to minimise the negative aspects affecting their countries. Each country addresses these challenges to some degree on a national basis, though the continued movement towards regional integration demonstrates their recognition that many issues are best dealt with by coordinating policies and responding at the regional level.
DFID's overarching goal in the Caribbean is to assist the region to achieve sustainable reductions in poverty in line with the Millennium Development Goals. This effort will operate within and support the framework of poverty reduction and growth promotion policies and instruments embodied in the treaties and communiqués of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM together with the policy frameworks provided by the CARICOM Secretariat, such as the Regional Strategic framework for HIV/AIDS. CARICOM and its international development partners, including DFID, recognises that to achieve poverty reduction it needs to continue to make progress inter alia in the following areas:
- develop and implement national strategies for sustained poverty reduction;
- take forward central aspects of the single market and economy to maximize growth opportunities;
- negotiate effectively as a region on trade issues;
- address the major threat of HIV/AIDS in the region;
- strengthen and empower key regional institutions to undertake certain tasks on behalf of national governments;
- integrate external donor efforts within the frame of national strategies;
- find a political way forward in Haiti and support its efforts to develop.
- work for improved aid effectiveness in partnership with Caribbean and multilateral institutions through which we channel most of our assistance, particularly the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) European Commission (EC), Inter American Development Bank (DB) and World Bank;
- direct increased resources to strengthen the capability of regional institutions to meet global challenges including economic stabilisation, trade, HIV/AIDS and crime and violence;
- focus bilateral assistance on supporting effective delivery of national poverty strategies in Guyana and Jamaica.
- economic and fiscal management and public service delivery within the framework of poverty strategies;
- trade competitiveness and economic integration agenda;
- HIV/AIDS and violent crime.