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The Association of Caribbean States (ACS) (Also called the Asociacion de Estados del Caribe or Association des Etats de la Caraibe) was formed with the aim of promoting consultation, cooperation, and concerted action among all the countries of the Caribbean, comprising of 25 member states and 3 associate members. The Convention Establishing the ACS was signed on July 24, 1994 in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.
In December of 2004 during the 10th Ordinary Meeting of the Ministerial Council, the Turks and Caicos Islands formally sought to become a new associate member to the (ACS) article.
Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela
Associate Member StatesEdit
- France (on behalf of French Guiana, Guadeloupe, and Martinique)
- Netherlands Antilles
- Turks and Caicos Islands (Pending the accession to the ACS Convention by the government.)
The ACS has held four summits, at the level of heads of State and/or Government, at the moment:
- I ACS Summit, at Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, August 17-18, 1995.
- II ACS Summit, at Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, April 16-17, 1999.
- III ACS Summit, at Isla Margarita, Venezuela, December 12-12, 2001.
- IV ACS Summit, at Ciudad de Panamá, Panamá, July 29, 2005.