Press Release

Launch of Regional Youth Essay Writing Competition for students

The CARICOM Competition Commission (CCC) was established under Article 171 of the Revised
Treat of Chaguaramas (RTC) of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). In anticipation of the growth in
trade and investments which was expected to emerge from the introduction of the Caribbean Single Market
and Economy (CSME), CARICOM took the decision to enhance its competition laws and policy and this
was the basis for the introduction of the CCC.

The CCC was inaugurated in January 2008 and over the past decade of operations, it has been
engaged in a number of events to promote fair competition and consumer protection in the region in
execution of the mandate to facilitate the exchange of relevant information and expertise and develop and
disseminate information about competition policy and consumer protection.

It is against this background that the CCC is launching its inaugural CARICOM Competition
Commission (CCC) Secondary School Essay Competition, targeting secondary school students between
the ages of 12 and 19 years. To be eligible, participants must be resident in a CARICOM Member State.
The categories and age as at the date of the deadline for essay submissions must be either:

  • Category 1: 12-15 years
  • Category 2: 16-19 years.

Students can choose one of the following two topics:

  1. “How does fair competition among businesses benefit me and my region?”
  2. “How does consumer protection law benefit me and my region”.

The following awards will be given to the winning essays of each category:

  • 1st prize – USD 1,000.00
  • 2nd prize – USD 750.00
  • 3rd prize – USD 500.00

A prize will also be given to the schools of the winning essays.

The terms and conditions as well as entry forms for the Essay Competition will be made available
on our website.
For information please see:
We look forward to active involvement and participation in this inaugural event.
Justice Christopher Blackman