COTED must position itself to address rapidly changing trade environment – Chair

The rapidly changing trading environment demands that the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) find an “appropriate mix of methodologies and strategies” to address the Council’s expanding agenda.

This is according to the Hon. Chet Greene, Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Immigration of Antigua and Barbuda, who is chairing the Forty-Sixth Meeting of the COTED.

In remarks at the opening session of the Meeting at the CARICOM Secretariat on Wednesday 16 May, 2018, the Minister referred to both internal and external trade matters that could impact the Community’s progress towards sustained economic prosperity. These include the implementation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), market access for products, the review of the Common External Tariff (CET), the CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), the future of trade with the United Kingdom after BREXIT and  the impasse between the USA and China. (more…)


COTED plays crucial role in advancing integration – CARICOM SG

CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, said matters under consideration at the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) presented an opportunity to provide solutions that would advance the regional integration movement.

He was speaking on Wednesday morning at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana, during the opening session of the Forty-Sixth Meeting of the COTED.


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The Forty-Sixth Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) will be held in Georgetown, Guyana, 16-17 May, 2018.

Matters to be addressed by the Ministers with responsibility for trade include the implementation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), trade in goods, and external economic relations, such as future trade with the United Kingdom after BREXIT.

Representatives of the Media are invited to cover the following:

EVENT: Opening Ceremony, Forty-Sixth Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED)

DATE: 16 May, 2018

VENUE: CARICOM Secretariat, Georgetown, Guyana

TIME: 9:30 am

Kindly make every effort to be present by at least 15 minutes before the start of the ceremony for timely coverage of the event.

COFCOR to discuss CARICOM-US relations, post-Brexit strategy next week

The Caribbean Community’s (CARICOM) relations with the United States, and its engagement with the United Kingdom post-Brexit, are among matters listed for discussion when CARICOM Foreign Ministers meet next week in Nassau, The Bahamas.

The Twenty-First Meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR), which runs from 7–8 May, will be chaired by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of The Bahamas, Hon. Darren A. Henfield,

Foreign Ministers will also discuss CARICOM-Canada relations and cooperation with multilateral organisations including The Commonwealth, the United Nations, the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), the Organization of American States (OAS), and the Association of Caribbean States (ACS). (more…)

Grenada: Climate change, Commonwealth and Windrush

“I think it’s the collective voice. I think one of the problems that we’ve had about small states is that we have not been speaking enough in unison” – that’s how Grenada’s Prime Minister, Keith Mitchell, summed up the approach to climate change when he spoke to Caribbean Intelligence©.

Dr Mitchell was, like many of his Caribbean colleagues, a man on a mission at the recently-concluded Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London. The Caribbean leaders arrived to talk deals in bilateral meetings and push for their smaller country needs at the Commonwealth summit, this year overshadowed by the host country’s Brexit issues and larger Commonwealth countries fixated on fighting the anti-globalisation trend being set by the US.

One Caribbean diplomat had told Caribbean Intelligence© ahead of CHOGM that the region had been concerned that, even with the Commonwealth’s unique forum which allows smaller countries an equal voice, the Caribbean agenda could have got lost at this 53-member forum.

Read more at: CaribbeanIntelligence