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CARICOM: The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is a subregional organization that was established by the Treaty of Chaguaramas signed in 1973 by Barbados, Jamaica, Guyana and Trinidad & Tobago. Currently, the CARICOM has 15 country members all from the Caribbean region and several non-Caribbean countries that serve as external observers. The Community has several objectives like achieving improved standards of living and work, expansion of trade and economic relations with third States, accelerated, coordinated and sustained economic development and convergence, etc.

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EUROPEAN SYSTEM OF CENTRAL BANKS: The consolidation of the central banks of the member nations of the European Union, together with the European Central Bank, to oversee monetary policy. A major aspect of the Economic and Monetary Union has been coordinate the actions of distinct, independent nations under a single authority, which could probably not be achieved without the European System of Central Banks. The European System of Central Banks is comparable to the Federal Reserve System of the United States.

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MERGER

The consolidation of two or more separately-owned businesses under single ownership. Mergers fall into one of three classes--(1) horizontal between firms that sell competing products in the same market, (2) vertical between firms in different stages of the production of one good, and (3) conglomerate between firms that are in separate industries. Because horizontal mergers tend to reduce competition, they are most likely to be scrutinized by government. Mergers are one of several behavioral inclinations of oligopoly. A related oligopolistic behavior is collusion.

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