CET, Rules of Origin critical to viability, competitiveness of indigenous industries – Review Consultation hears

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The protection of indigenous industries to ensure their viability and competitiveness on the global market and the harmonisation of rates across CARICOM were among the key concerns raised at a Consultation on the revision of CARICOM’s two trade instruments.

The trade and revenue instruments are the CARICOM Common External Tariff (CET) and the Rules of Origin.

At the brief opening ceremony of the one-day Consultation on 25 July, 2017, at the CARICOM Secretariat, CARICOM Assistant Secretary-General, Trade and Economic Integration, Mr.Joseph Cox called for frank discourse against the background that the CET in its current format, was not sustainable and was not serving the purpose for which it was originally intended.

He said order, structure and modernisation were necessary for the instruments to work for the Region.

Regional stakeholders at the Consultation acknowledged the importance of the CET and the RoO to the economic growth of the Region. They recommended the careful consideration of derogations of the CET on some products, as well as the implementation of a modernised and simplified version of the Rules of Origin.

Consultant, Mr. Dan Ciuriek, said that the review of the regime was to ready it for free circulation, a fully functioning CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), and to be effective as a springboard into the global economy.

Listen as Mr. Bernard Black, Senior Project Officer, Customs and Trade Policy at the CARICOM Secretariat, provides some insight into the discussion and the next steps that are to be taken.

CET, Rules of Origin Review aims to further stimulate trade

Consultations to review the Common External Tariff (CET) and the Rules of Origin begin on Tuesday morning at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat.

The Consultation is in keeping with the Community’s Policy to encourage the inclusion of key stakeholders in policy-making processes. It is supported by funding under the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID).

Mr. Bernard Black, Senior Project Officer, Customs and Trade Policy at the CARICOM Secretariat, talks about the CET and the Rules of Origin and how they relate to the integration movement.

Outgoing CARICOM Chairman makes impassioned plea for closer unity

Outgoing Chairman of CARICOM H.E. David Granger (R), interacts with The Hon. Andrew Holness, PM, Jamaica
Outgoing Chairman of CARICOM H.E. David Granger (R), interacts with The Hon. Andrew Holness, PM, Jamaica

“The Community, challenged by the constantly changing international situation, must redouble its efforts to ensure a more safe society for its citizens, more stable economies for its countries, deeper solidarity and a more secure hemisphere.”

This impassioned plea for closer unity within CARICOM was issued by outgoing Chairman, His Excellency David Granger, President of Guyana, in his address to the opening of the Thirty-Eighth CARICOM Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government.

His message last evening (4 July, 2017) at the Grenada Trade Centre, in Grand Anse, paralleled a similar charge by Heads of Government 28 years ago to deepen the integration process in response to the emerging geo-political order of that time.

Within the current international environment, replete with uncertainty and complexity, President Granger warned that the efficacy of the Community’s international advocacy could be impaired if efforts of coordination among the four pillars of CARICOM were weak. (more…)


CARIFESTA XIII – Regional musicians to showcase for international buyers


Musicians from around the Region will have the unique opportunity to display their talent for International buyers and promoters when the CARIFESTA XIII Music Showcase comes off at the Grand Market and Buyers Shopping Mall at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre (LESC) from August 19th to 26th 2017. Another innovation for CARIFESTA XIII, this showcase offers the opportunity for Caribbean original works of music to be performed before a number of international music buyers who have been especially invited to the Festival to expose them to the vast array of talented musicians we have among us in this Region.

The Garden Green at LESC has been set aside for this purpose during the 10-day Festival and musicians are invited to submit a recording of their work to be able to take advantage of this opportunity where there will be daily shows which the buyers will be attending. Patrons are also invited to view these shows to assist the performers with a live audience as the buyers listen in. Submission details are available on the website www.carifesta.net but persons wishing to register are expected to have:
1. Written work that has been recorded and performed in public
2. Written work that has been recorded and published in any of the forms (electronic or non-electronic).

Potential participants are also required to upload samples of their published music and upload their Electronic Press Kits for registration. The music must be original. Covers will not be accepted. Musicians will be at an advantage if they are a member of a copyright society. There is no cost to enter the showcase, however musicians are responsible for their own costs to attend the showcase. Backline equipment and technical support will be provided. Musicians are encouraged to submit the registration form found here (copy and paste in a browser): http://www.carifesta.net/events/grand-market-buyersshopping- mall/register-now/ by June 30th, 2017.

For more information contact: Email – Andre.Hoyte@barbados.gov.bb or andreaking@cidabarbados.org or bdosartists@gmail.com.