August 2, 2021

CARICOM Chairman commends WTO Director-General

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Media Release Courtesy the Government of Antigua and Barbuda Wednesday, July 21, 2021 — Following the appointment of a senior Caribbean diplomat to the cabinet of the new World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Director-General, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, CARICOM Chairman Prime Minister Gaston Browne has commended the Director-General for living up to promises she made to both the OECS and CARICOM […]

Another step towards Domestic Regulation in the Services sector for the OECS region!

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Wednesday, May 26, 2021 — Addressing regulatory barriers, and enhancing transparency and predictability could help reduce trade impediments that negatively impact businesses and consumers in the Eastern Caribbean region. With this in mind, the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States Commission is partnering with the Permanent Mission of Canada and other partners to the WTO to host […]

WTO approves Caribbean Basin Favoured Nation Waiver

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From St Kiits & Nevis Observer The US request for the Most Favoured Nation waiver for the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI) was approved at the General Council Meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO) held October 15-16. The CBI comprises the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (CBERA) and the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBPTA). […]

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, […]