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The Order of the Caribbean Community is an award given to "Caribbean nationals whose legacy in the economic, political, social and cultural metamorphoses of Caribbean society is phenomenal."

The award was initiated at the Eighth Conference of Heads of State and Governments of CARICOM in 1987 and began bestowal in 1992. Decisions as to award are taken by the Advisory Committee for the Order of the Caribbean Community

The Insignia of the OCC set in gold and the Ribbon of the Order are presented to those honoured.

PRIVILEGES & ENTITLEMENTS

There are some privileges and entitlements invested upon the recipients. Some of these are the follows:

  • The award confers the styling The Honourable upon the recipient and Post-nominals OCC.
  • Members of the Order are accorded the privilege of free movement among Member States of the Community and are issued with a travel document which is assigned similar status to a diplomatic passport.
  • The right to reside in and be gainfully employed in any Member State, as well as the right to acquire and dispose of property, as would citizens of Member States, is entitlements granted to Members of the Order.
OCC Recipients

The members of this prestigious Order have had illustrious careers in fields as diverse as politics, sports and entertainment but share the common distinction of advancing the cause of regionalism and placing the Caribbean one step forward in the quest for development and a place on the world stage. Since its introduction in 1992, awards have been conferred on seventeen Caribbean citizens of whom the entire Region is proud.

1992: First Awardees
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William Gilbert
DEMAS

Trinidad and Tobago

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Sir Shridath Surendranath
RAMPHAL

Guyana

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Derek
WALCOTT

St. Lucia

 
1994: Second Awardees
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H.E. Dame Ruth Nita
BARROW

Barbados

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Justice Philip Telford GEORGES

Dominica

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Sir Meredith Alister McINTYRE

Grenada

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The Rt. Hon. Michael Norman MANLEY

Jamaica

1998: Third Awardees
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The Rt. Hon. Vere Cornwall BIRD Snr.

Antigua and Barbuda

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H.E. Arthur Napoleon Raymond ROBINSON

Trinidad and Tobago

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Sir Philip Mandeson SHERLOCK

Jamaica

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The Rt. Excellent Sir Garfield SOBERS

Barbados

2001: Fourth Awardees
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Sir George ALLEYNE

Barbados

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George Cadle PRICE

Belize

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Slinger FRANCISCO
The Mighty Sparrow

Grenada/Trinidad and Tobago

 
2003: Fifth Awardees
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Dame Mary Eugenia CHARLES

Dominica

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Sir John COMPTON

St. Lucia

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Lloyd BEST

Trinidad and Tobago

 
2008: Sixth Awardees
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Prof. the Hon. Ralston "Rex" NETTLEFORD, OM

Jamaica

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The. Hon. George LAMMING, CHB

Barbados

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H.E. Dr. Nicholas Joseph Orville LIVERPOOL, DAH

Dominica

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Brian Charles LARA, TC

Trinidad and Tobago

2009: Seventh Awardees 2010: Eight Awardees
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The Most Hon P.J. PATTERSON

Jamaica

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H.E. Sir Edwin CARRINGTON

Trinidad and Tobago

2012: Ninth Awardees
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Dr. Kamaluddin MOHAMMED

Trinidad and Tobago

 
SOURCES:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_of_the_Caribbean_Community
http://www.caricom.org/jsp/projects/uwi_receipt_occ_awards.jsp?menu=projects

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