Regional Trade Ministers meet

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Trade representatives of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States on Monday morning began a two-day meeting in preparation for the Ministerial Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) 9-10 November, 2017.

Given its importance, and the mandate issued by CARICOM Heads of Government last year for a full review, the implementation CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) will be a main agenda item at the two-day Meeting at the Marriott Hotel in Georgetown. Discussions will centre on a draft Public Procurement Protocol, police certificates of character, and the harmonisation of laws.

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Trade Policy Experts offer solutions to issues affecting Trade in the Caribbean

Trade Policy experts Meet, June, 2017Strategies to deal with the effects of global issues affecting trade in the Caribbean were advanced at a recent meeting of international and regional stakeholders which sought to outline trade policy challenges impacting OECS and CARICOM countries and discuss the way forward.

The two-day meeting, organised by the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), was held on 26-27 June, 2017, in Saint Lucia and convened Senior Trade Officials from OECS and CARICOM Member States; Commonwealth and CARICOM Secretariats; Ambassadors of Member States in Geneva; Regional Advisers of the Hubs and Spokes Programme; and international consultants.

Working sessions included presentations and discussions on six main topics:

  • The Caribbean Region in the Trade Slowdown: Implications for Growth and Development;
  • Connectivity and Global Value Chains: Implications for the Caribbean;
  • Strengthening Trade Multilateralism: Preparations for WTO MC11 and Beyond;
  • Emerging Issues in World Trade: Implications for the Caribbean;
  • Regional Trade Developments in the Caribbean; and
  • The Implications of Brexit for Caribbean Trade and Integration

Read more at: OECS