At the Meeting of the Ministerial Council, Member States elect a chair (a fellow Member State) from amongst the 25 states represented on the Ministerial Council, and the work programme for the year is set. The Ministerial Council meets once annually and in Extraordinary Session as necessary. The Council’s Agenda is established by an Intersessional Meeting comprising Members’s accredited Senior Officials . There are preparatory meetings that precede the “Ministerial” also attended by Senior officials of Member States

The 29th Meeting of the ACS Ministerial Council is scheduled to take place on May 9, 2024, at the Hotel Torarica located in Paramaribo, Suriname. ACS Members and Associates can sign up by clicking here.

The Ministerial Council

This is the main governing body of the ACS, which sets out the policies to be provided for in the Articles establishing the ACS and in the Declarations of the Heads of State. Its functions include monitoring the operation of the Secretariat; appointing the Secretary General; forming Special Committees; deciding on matters of membership; convening Summits, and approving work plans and budgets, amongst other responsibilities. It holds an Annual Ordinary Meeting. The Board (consisting of a President, two Vice Presidents and a Rapporteur each nominated from a different geographic sub-group of the ACS) guides and monitors the implementation of the work program.

The ACS Ministerial Council is presently constituted as follows


Dominican Republic






Draft Agenda

Thursday 9 May, 2024

Hotel Torarica - Paramaribo, Republic of Suriname

8:45 – 9:00

Registration of Participants

9:00 – 9:15

1. Opening Ceremony

  • National Anthem of the Republic of Suriname
  • Welcome remarks by the Chairman of the Ministerial Council

The Chairman of the Ministerial Council will inaugurate the 29th Ordinary Meeting of the Ministerial Council of the Association of Caribbean States.

  • Opening Remarks by the Secretary General of the ACS

The Secretary General of the Association of Caribbean States will deliver brief opening remarks.

9:15 – 9:20

2. Official Photo

Observers, Special Guests and Members of the Press are invited to exit the room.

9:20 – 15:45

3. Closed session

15:45 – 16:00

Observers, Special Guests and Members of the Press are invited to return to the room.

16:00 – 16:15

4. Closing Ceremony

The Chair will invite brief remarks from the Representatives of thos countries and organisations whose requests for membership of the ACS have been approved by the Council.

The Chair will welcome the incoming Chair of the Executive Board of the Ministerial Council and invite the latter to deliver short remarks before formally closing the meeting.

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