Harmonised procedures necessary for full economic integration – CARICOM Assistant Secretary-General tells customs officials

Harmonised approaches to conducting trade across borders in the Caribbean, and effective customs valuation, are among the steps that must be taken towards full economic integration within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

CARICOM Assistant Secretary-General, Trade and Economic Integration, Mr. Joseph Cox, said on Monday that harmonised laws, procedures and best practices would increase the predictability with intra-regional movement of goods under the CARICOM Single Market and within the context of the CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).

He was at the time addressing the opening ceremony of a three-day regional workshop targetting Customs officials from across Caribbean Forum of African Caribbean and Pacific States (CARIFORUM) member states. The workshop on the Single Administrative Document (SAD) and Customs Valuation, is aimed at building capacity in CARIFORUM. The sessions are being held at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana.

The Workshop is being facilitated by Mr. Paul Hilaire, Team Leader, and Mr. Martin Wilde, Customs expert and is part of a Project under the ACP TradeCom II Programme funded by the European Union. It has as one of its outcomes, the development of a regional SAD pursuant to Chapter 4 of the EPA, and capacity-building, which requires the promotion of regional integration, and the progressive development of systems to facilitate the electronic exchange of data among traders, customs administrators and related agencies and the implementation of a CARIFORUM SAD.

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Chairman of CDB’s Board of Governors, PM Keith Mitchell, pays official visit to Bank’s Headquarters

Dr. The Right Honourable Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada and Chairman of the Board of Governors of CDB (left) greets Dr. Wm. Warren Smith, CDB President (right), during an official visit to the Bank on June 23, 2017. (Photo via CDB)
Dr. The Right Honourable Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada and Chairman of the Board of Governors of CDB (left) greets Dr. Wm. Warren Smith, CDB President (right), during an official visit to the Bank on June 23, 2017. (Photo via CDB)

June 23, 2017, BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Dr. The Right Honourable Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada and Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), on Friday urged the institution to continue playing a role in accelerating the implementation of the development agenda for the Caribbean.

 “Together, united, we must forge ahead, locking in the gains we have made as a Region; and, building on those gains, accelerate a development agenda to improve the lives of our Caribbean family. CDB must continue to play the integral role it has been playing in this united and focused approach to advance regional development. We must never back away from this,” said Dr. Mitchell, in his address to the Bank’s Staff during an official visit to CDB in Barbados.

While at the Bank, Dr. Mitchell also met with CDB President, Dr. Wm. Warren Smith and senior management.

Staff listen to the address by Dr. The Right Honourable Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada and Chairman of the Board of Governors of CDB. (Photo via CDB)
Staff listen to the address by Dr. The Right Honourable Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada and Chairman of the Board of Governors of CDB. (Photo via CDB)
Caribbean Development Bank
The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), is a regional financial institution which was established by an Agreement signed on October 18, 1969, in Kingston, Jamaica, and entered into force on January 26, 1970. The Bank came into existence for the purpose of contributing to the harmonious economic growth and development of the member countries in the Caribbean and promoting economic cooperation and integration among them, having special and urgent regard to the needs of the less developed members of the region (Article 1 of the Agreement establishing CDB). In the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas, the CDB is recognised as and Associate Institution of CARICOM.
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