October 13, 2019

CARICOM-US relations: What of CBI?

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By Elizabeth Morgan From Jamaica Gleaner You will recall from previous articles that the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI) comprises the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (CBERA) and the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBPTA). CBERA’s duration is indefinite, but CBPTA, which amends provisions of CBERA, will expire on September 30, 2020 and would need to […]

Diplomat urges US to seek extension of WTO waiver for the Caribbean

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From Antigua Observer Antigua and Barbuda’s Ambassador to the United States, Sir Ronald Sanders, has urged the US government to seek an extension of a waiver that allows Caribbean countries to continue to benefit from the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (CBERA). CBERA, which was launched in 1983 by US President Ronald Reagan, is part […]

Caribbean reps and WTO discuss trade and environment issue

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From MyVueNews Basseterre, St. Kitts, 15th January, 2019 (MyVueNews.com) – Participants from around the Caribbean are in St. Kitts to discuss the relationship between trade and the environment, in a program facilitated by the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The forum is a collaboration between the WTO and the St. Kitts-Nevis Ministry of International Trade. The theme, […]

World Trade Organisation (WTO) Called Upon to Assist SIDS in Face of Climate Threats

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Monday, December 17, 2018 — Geneva, Switzerland: Senior Officials from OECS Member States have called upon the WTO to assist Small Island Developing States build economic resilience in the face of climate change related hazards including category 5+ hurricanes and rising sea levels.  In a statement to the WTO General Council, the highest decision-making body of the […]

Will current WTO rule-making reform proposals benefit Caribbean small states?

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By ALICIA NICHOLLS, From Nation News The following is one of the articles from Trading Thoughts by the Shridath Ramphal Centre for International Trade Law, Policy and Services. The rules-based multilateral trading system (MTS), institutionalised by the World Trade Organization (WTO), is confronting an existential threat. Questions about the fairness and efficacy of the WTO, […]

OECS Member States discuss the impact of natural disasters on trade

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By Voronica Mufudza Trade Advisor, Hubs & Spokes Project Tuesday, October 9, 2018 — The recent passage of Tropical Storm Kirk, and the 5.6 magnitude earthquake that rattled several OECS Member States directly following the storm, served as a reminder of the urgent need for resilience building within the region and the importance of international […]

Antigua considers asking for WTO mediator in long-running online gambling dispute with United States

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From Flush Draw The Caribbean island nation of Antigua and Barbuda is again considering how to make the United States comply with a World Trade Organization ruling over online gambling that went in Antigua’s favor a decade ago. The latest development in this long-running trade battle occurred on Friday, when Antigua’s ambassador to the WTO, […]

Sir Ronald Sanders; Trade wars in no one’s interest

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By Sir Ronald Sanders The government of the People’s Republic of China wrote to the chairperson of the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on April 4, registering a dispute with the government of United States of America over duties that would be applied by the US only to China’s products. […]

Remarks by Minister Symonette at Business Opportunities in the Caribbean Region Conference

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From The Bahamas Weekly Keynote Remarks The Hon. Brent Symonette, MP Minister Of Financial Services, Trade & Industry, and Immigration discussing “investment Opportunities In The Bahamas” at a Business Opportunities in The Caribbean Region Conference Hilton Miami Airport Blue Lagoon 7th May, 2018: Good afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen, I am pleased and honoured that I […]

China wants to make the tech behind its supercomputers, drones, and rocket simulators harder to steal

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By Rosie Perper From Business Insider China’s military has spoken out in protection of the country’s military and technological innovations by suggesting the country tighten its control over its intellectual property.  The military suggested that China needed to create intellectual property rights barriers over its technological developments, like supercomputers, drones, dredgers, and rocket launch simulation […]