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10th European Development Fund (EDF) Caribbean Regional Indicative Programme (CRIP) Support To CARIFORUM States in The Implementation of The Commitments Undertaken Under The CARIFORUM-European Union (EU) Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA)

The 10th European Development Fund (EDF) Caribbean Regional Indicative Programme (CRIP), valued at €165 million, provides support to the Region to aid in the implementation of the CARIFORUM-European Union (EU) Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).

Under the CRIP, a €46,500,000 contribution amount has been provided to support interventions in over a half dozen technical areas under the EPA. An additional €28,300,000 has been made available for purposes of the Regional Private Sector Development Programme (RPSDP), which, in part, will contribute to support for EPA implementation.  

10th EDF EPA CAPACITY BUILDING PROGRAMME

Primary EDF commitment: €46,500,000
Duration of Programme: 84 months (60 months implementation/24 months closure)     

Overall Objective

To support the beneficial integration of the Caribbean Forum of the ACP States (CARIFORUM) into the world economy.


Programme Components

Sub-component 1: CARTAC is implementing a Fiscal Reform and Adjustment Programme for CARICOM States;
Sub-component 2: UNDP will be implementing a Fiscal Reform and Adjustment Programme for the Dominican Republic.


Overview of Programme Components

A Financing Agreement was signed between CARIFORUM and the EU in March 2012, in relation to the EPA Capacity Building Programme valued at €46.5 million. The Programme is intended to assist in developing capacity in CARIFORUM to take full advantage of the provisions of the Agreement and to honour commitments undertaken under the EPA. In that regard, the Programme provides support in the areas of:

(1) Fiscal Reform and Adjustment through the Caribbean Regional Technical Assistance Centre (CARTAC) for CARICOM States and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in the case of the Dominican Republic (CARTAC is one of eight International Monetary Fund (IMF) Regional Technical Assistance Centres (RTACs) located around the world);
(2) Statistics in the Dominican Republic, also through UNDP;
(3) Sanitary and Phyto-Sanitary (SPS) Measures, through the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA);
(4) Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT), through the National Institute of Metrology of Germany (Phsikalisch Technische Bundesanstalt - PTB), with the involvement of the Caribbean Regional Organization for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) and the Instituto Dominicano para la Calidad (INDOCAL) of the Dominican Republic;
(5)  Services, through the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) with involvement of the CARICOM Secretariat and the Ministry of Industry and Commerce of the Dominican Republic (DICOEX);
(6) The Regional Rum Industry, through the West Indies Rum and Spirits Producers Association (WIRSPA); and
(7) Institutional and Implementation Capacity, which comprises the following four sub- components: (i) Support for the operation of the CARIFORUM Directorate of the CARICOM Secretariat; (ii) Support to facilitate the participation of CARIFORUM stakeholders in Joint Institutions established under the EPA; (iii) Support for National EPA Focal Points/EPA Standby Facility, for which the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) is serving as the fund administrator; and (iv) Project to Facilitate Capacity Building through Training Programmes in the areas of Competition, Procurement and Customs and Trade Facilitation.

The aforementioned partner institutions are implementing 10th EDF CRIP Programmes in support of EPA implementation, on behalf of CARIFORUM. Ownership of the programmes is, therefore, vested in CARIFORUM and not in any one Partner Institution.

The details of the various components of the 10th EDF EPA Capacity Building Programme are provided below.


Component 1: Fiscal Reform and Adjustment
       

Sub-Component 1 (Fiscal Reform and Adjustment in CARICOM States)

Primary EDF Commitment: €3,500,000
Implementing Agency: CARTAC
Date of Commencement of Implementation: 13 December 2012
Implementation Status: Ongoing
Specific Objective(s): To enhance revenue mobilization and strengthen public finance management in CARICOM States.
Expected Results: Progress towards improved tax collection and strengthened public finance management in CARICOM States.

http://www.cartac.org


Sub-Component 2 (Fiscal Reform and Adjustment in the Dominican Republic)

Primary EDF Commitment: €500,000
Implementing Agency: UNDP
Date of Commencement of Implementation: Implementation is expected to commence in Q2 2014.
Implementation Status: Implementation is expected to commence in Q2 2014.
Specific Objective(s): To enhance revenue mobilization and strengthen public finance management in Dominican Republic.
Expected Results: Progress towards improved tax collection and strengthened public finance management in the Dominican Republic.

http://www.undp.org


Component 2: Statistics in the Dominican Republic

Primary EDF Commitment: €500,000
Implementing Agency: UNDP
Date of Commencement of Implementation: Implementation is expected to commence in Q2 2014.
Implementation Status:  Implementation is expected to commence in Q2 2014.
Specific Objective(s): To improve timelines, quality and coverage of published statistical data in the Dominican Republic.
Expected Results:
(1) Training for statisticians in the Dominican Republic provided; and
(2) Support provided for the production and updating of economic statistics (including trade statistics) in the Dominican Republic.

http://www.undp.org


Component 3:  Sanitary and Phyto-Sanitary (SPS) Programme

Primary EDF Commitment: €11,700,000
Implementing Agency: IICA
Date of Commencement of Implementation: 1 October 2013
Implementation Status:  Ongoing
Specific Objective(s): To increase production and trade in agriculture and fisheries which meet the international standards while protecting plant, animal and human health and life and the environment.
Expected Results:
(1) Strengthened legislation, protocols, standards, measures and guidelines in the area of Agriculture Health and Food Safety (AHFS) and fisheries;
(2) Enhanced national and regional coordination mechanisms in the support of the SPS regime developed and established in the CARIFORUM States; and
(3) Strengthened national and regional regulatory and industry capacity to meet the SPS requirements of international trade.

http://www.iica.int


Component 4: Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT)

Primary EDF Commitment: €7,800,000
Implementing Agency: PTB, with the involvement of CROSQ and INDOCAL.
Date of Commencement of Implementation: 28 June 2012
Implementation Status:  Ongoing
Specific Objective(s): To increase the use of services of internationally recognised Regional Quality Infrastructure Institutions in the CARIFORUM States.
Expected Results: Progress towards a modern Quality Infrastructure (QI) according to internationally recognised principles for international trade as defined in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) agreement and the TBT Chapter of the EPA.
The expected result can be broken down into the following three expected specific results:

(1) Regional frameworks in the areas of standardization, metrology and accreditation are operationalised and regional frameworks in the area of certification and market surveillance are developed;
(2) National and regional QI institutions are prepared for international recognition in the areas of metrology, accreditation and conformity assessment (calibration, testing, inspection and certification); and
(3) User orientation and awareness of QI services are improved and promoted and a regional Knowledge-Management System is developed and implemented.

http://www.ptb.de/index_en.html
http://www.crosq.org
http://www.indocal.gob.do/


Component 5: Services Sector

Primary EDF Commitment: €3,200,000
Implementing Agency: Caribbean Export, with involvement of the CARICOM Secretariat and DICOEX.
Date of Commencement of Implementation: 1 December 2013
Implementation Status:  Ongoing
Specific Objective(s):
(1) Develop policies, strategies and regulatory frameworks to support the CARIFORUM services sector;
(2) Assistance given to Coalitions of Service Industries/providers; and
(3) Improve the collection and dissemination of data/statistics for planning and marketing analyses for CARIFORUM services sector.
Expected Results:
(1) Enhanced competitiveness of CARIFORUM service supplies and creation of an optimum business environment for services. National and regional policies, plans and strategies for the services sector prepared and approved/or upgraded for the following services sectors: professional, financial, education, health and wellness, tourism, cultural entertainment and sporting, ICT, telecommunications, maritime transportation, postal and courier, and hazardous waste;
(2) Legislative and regulatory frameworks developed for the sectors listed at (1);
(3) Regional/national support organisations (especially Coalitions of Services Industries) strengthened to effectively assist services suppliers and consumers in order to take full advantage of the opportunities available under the CARIFORUM-EU EPA;
(4) Collection, compilation, analysis and dissemination of data and statistics on the services sector;
(5) A monitoring and evaluation framework developed and implemented; and
(6) The capacity of stakeholders to implement monitoring and evaluation activities enhanced.

http://www.carib-export.com
http://www.caricom.org
http://www.seic.gov.do


Component 6: Rum Sector

     
Primary EDF Commitment: €7,700,000
Implementing Agency: WIRSPA
Date of Commencement of Implementation: 7 August 2012
Implementation Status: Ongoing
Overall objective: Build the long-term viability of the CARIFORUM rum sector in international markets as a significant source of employment, tax revenues and foreign exchange.
Specific Objective(s): To facilitate improvement in all areas of the ACP Caribbean rum industry such that it can achieve long term competitiveness within the world alcoholic beverage market.
Expected Results:
(1) Increased awareness of the ACR Marque as a sustainable symbol of quality, authenticity, and provenance for the ACP Caribbean rum category and brands;
(2) Producers provided with the knowledge required to access distributors and trade customers in individual markets in order to build long-term sustainable business;
(3) ACR Marque credibility strengthened and scale of operation increased in order to generate a future income stream and underwrite long term sustainability; and
(4) Increased collaboration between producers in order to expose new production and waste management techniques and technologies; to improve skills levels within producers and to promote improved environmental practices.

http://www.wirspa.com


Component 7: Institutional and Implementation Capacity
[€10,800,000]

Expected results
Support programme for the Caribbean Forum of ACP States (CARIFORUM) – European Union (EU) Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) and Development Cooperation successfully implemented.

Sub-component i: Support for National EPA Focal Points/EPA Standby Facility

Primary EDF Commitment: €3,500,000
Implementing Agency: CDB
Date of Commencement of Implementation: 18 December 2012
Implementation Status: Ongoing
Overall objective: To contribute to EPA implementation at the national level
Specific Objective(s): Effective implementation of EPA at the national level
Expected Results:  
(1) An efficient mechanism is in place to provide funding for projects that foster capacity building measures for CARIFORUM States for the purpose of implementing the CARIFORUM-EU EPA at the national level;
(2) Capacity building projects that target EPA implementation at the national level designed and implemented; and
(3) The capacity of CARIFORUM States to implement EPA related activities is enhanced.

http://www.caribank.org

Sub-components ii & iii: Institutional Support to CARIFORUM/EU Development Cooperation and EPA Implementation (including Participation in Joint EPA institutions)

Primary EDF Commitment: €4,200,000
Implementing Agency: CARIFORUM Directorate
Date of Commencement of Implementation: 1 July 2012
Implementation Status: Ongoing
Overall objective: To provide Institutional support for CARIFORUM/EU Development Cooperation and EPA implementation and to support the beneficial integration of CARIFORUM into the world economy.
Specific Objective(s): Effective overall implementation of CARIFORUM-EU cooperation, including the EPA
Expected Results:
(1) Institutional support provided to the CARIFORUM Directorate; and
(2 )Effective CARIFORUM participation in Joint CARIFORUM/EU EPA institutions facilitated.       

http://www.caricom.org/jsp/community_organs/cariforum/cariforum_main_page.jsp?menu=cob

Sub-component iv: Training Programmes

Primary EDF Commitment: €3,100,000
Implementing Agency: International Service Contract to be awarded with CARIFORUM as Contracting Authority.
Date of Commencement of Implementation: Expected to commence by Q2 2014
Implementation Status: Expected to commence by Q2 2014
Overall objective: To contribute to the effective overall implementation of the EU-CARIFORUM Cooperation, including the Economic Partnership Agreement with particular reference to obligations relating to Competition, Public Procurement and Customs and Trade Facilitation.
Specific Objective(s): To provide EPA-support training programmes in the area of Competition, Public Procurement and Customs and Trade Facilitation.
Expected Results:  EPA support training programmes in the area of competition, procurement and customs and trade facilitation (in the context of EPA implementation) delivered to public and private sector stakeholders and staff of CARIFORUM Regional Institutions.

10th EDF REGIONAL PRIVATE SECTOR DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME (RPSDP)

Primary EDF commitment: €28,300,000
Implementing Agency: Caribbean Export
Date of Commencement of Implementation: 8 March 2011
Implementation Status: Ongoing
Overall Objective: To contribute to the gradual integration of CARIFORUM countries into the world economy enhancing regional economic growth and by extension alleviate poverty.
Specific Objective(s):
(1) Enhancing Competitiveness and Promoting Innovation among CARIFORUM's private sector;
(2) Promoting Trade and Export Development among CARIFORUM States;
(3) Promoting stronger trade and investment relations between CARIFORUM, French Caribbean Outermost regions (FCORs) and EU Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) in the Caribbean;
(4) Promoting stronger trade and investment cooperation between CARICOM and the Dominican Republic; and
(5) Strengthening the institutional capacity of Caribbean Export to implement trade and investment promotion programmes.

http://www.carib-export.com