In 2006 the Dominica Social Security hosted the Caricom Social Security Games (CSSG). The games, which is normally held during the Easter weekend, was conceptualized in the year 2000 by the National Insurance Sports and Cultural Club (NISCC) of Trinidad & Tobago. It emerged out of a desire to foster closer ties among members of staff of Social Security institutions within the region.
Although staff from member territories visited each other from time to time, it was felt that other Social Security Organizations within the CARICOM region should be brought together on a larger scale; and so, the Caricom Social Security Games was born.
As indicated, the event is held every Easter Weekend, since this is the only long weekend being celebrated by all the islands. Activities normally commence on Good Friday, and culminate on Easter Monday. The activities primarily serve as a channel for getting to know colleagues from the different Caricom territories, and the following activities are held: cultural exchanges, sports competition, musical entertainment and sharing ideas to consolidate our corporate purpose – the provision of social/national insurance to our respective peoples.
The inaugural games were hosted by Trinidad & Tobago in the year 2000 during which 5 countries participated. Since then, the games have grown significantly and have been hosted won respectively by the following countries:
Hosting Country Year Champions
Trinidad & Tobago 2000 Trinidad & Tobago
Grenada 2001 St. Vincent & the Grenadines
Guyana 2002 Guyana
Antigua 2003 St. Lucia
St. Lucia 2004 St. Lucia
Trinidad & Tobago 2005 Trinidad & Tobago
Dominica 2006 Trinidad & Tobago
Barbados 2008 St. Kitts & Nevis
Ten of our sister territories participated during the Dominican leg of the games in 2006, and our 332 foreign guests were treated to our hospitality, cuisine, entertainment and the unique attributes of our nature Isles. Although the exercise was a monumental logistical challenge, the wonderful accolades of satisfaction expressed by our Caricom Social Security colleagues has not only been rewarding, but has literally immortalized the Dominican games in the annals of the games’ history.