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In order to arrange interviews with staff of the Unit and for enquiries, journalists should contact the Unit’s Trade Information Specialist, Nand C. Bardouille at nand.bardouille@caricom.org or Tel: 592.222.0001-75, ext. 3524. To view an index of the Unit’s staff, click here.
  • February, 2018

    CARIFORUM States to build capacity to respond to drug problem:  Convenes Technical Meetings with National Stakeholders to discuss the 7th Round of the Multi-Lateral Evaluation Mechanism (MEM

    05 February 2018 Reference Number: 13/2018 / 84

    CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)     Representatives of   the Forum of Caribbean States (CARIFORUM) will hold technical discussions on the Seventh Round of the Multilateral Evaluation Mechanism (MEM) process on 7 February 2017, in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.  The one-day technical meeting will be followed by two days of intense training, 8 – 9 February, with senior policy-makers and technical staff from a number of line...
  • October, 2016

    Guyana public sector representatives benefit from Competition Law and Policy training

    24 October 2016 / 1736

    More than fifteen public sector  representatives in Guyana are now more empowered to address issues  related to competition law and policy, as a result of training received at a CARIFORUM-EU workshop held from 17 -21 October 2016, in Georgetown.The workshop on competition law and policy was designed to increase knowledge and awareness and to build the intuitional capacity of agencies to implement the CARIFORIM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). Director General of...
  • EU Signs Declaration on Sustainable Energy with CARIFORUM

    19 October 2016 / 2272

    The signing of a Joint Declaration on Sustainable Energy between the European Union, the European Investment Bank and CARIFORUM on reinforced co-operation in the field of sustainable energy was one of the highlights of the recently concluded EU-Caribbean Sustainable Energy Conference which was held in Barbados from 10-11 October. In addition, five renewable energy support programmes for the region totalling 54 million euros were also signed at the conference. These agreements are evidence of...
  • July, 2016

    More steps underway to produce high quality statistics

    31 July 2016 / 2879

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is embarking on a project to strengthen capacity to measure the contribution of international trade in services to the economies of Member States by their trading partners.The project is to be funded by the European Union under the Tenth European Development Fund (10th EDF).The general objective of the project is to provide the decision-makers in CARICOM with core, high quality statistics for the establishment and monitoring of the CARICOM Single...
  • March, 2016

    Caribbean countries urged to re-examine relationship with Europe at CARIFORUM Meeting

    18 March 2016 / 2716

    CARIFORUM Secretary General, Ambassador Irwin LaRoque declared the meeting open and described the gathering as the first relevant meeting to take stock of the EU and CARIFORUM cooperation agreement which comes to an end in 2020.by Kurt CampbellThe 23rd meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Caribbean Forum of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (CARIFORUM) got underway in Georgetown, Guyana on Thursday morning with calls for the re – examination of the region’s...
  • Guyana to host 23rd CARIFORUM Council of Ministers Meeting

    14 March 2016 / 3096

    Georgetown, GINA, March 14, 2016 Foreign Affairs Ministers of CARIFORUM are to meet in Guyana on March 17. This is for the Twenty-Third Meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Caribbean Forum of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (CARIFORUM). Discussions will focus on the implementation and programming of the 10th and 11th European Development Fund (EDF).Between the 10th and 11th EDF, Guyana would have received approximately €89.4M to execute major...
  • Customs Officers get training - under CARIFORUM–EU agreement

    08 March 2016 / 3638

    Several local customs officers, as well as stakeholders in the public and private sector benefitted from a customs and trade facilitation capacity workshop, conducted today at the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA.)The workshop, held in the agency’s Training Room, at Camp Street, forms part of a slew of capacity building initiatives being implemented across the region, under the Caribbean Forum CARIFORUM–EU (European Union) Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).The training project...
  • February, 2016

    EPA to benefit Departments of Statistics, Bureau of Standards

    29 February 2016 / 4272

    Basseterre, St. Kitts - The Launch of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA)/CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) Standby Facility for Capacity Building Projects, held on Thursday morning at the Ocean Terrace Inn, has been described as a momentous occasion by the Minister of International Trade, Commerce and Consumers Affairs, the Honourable Lindsay Grant. Minister Grant, who spoke to St. Kitts and Nevis Information Service after the launch, indicated that “the grant...
  • Opening remarks delivered by EU Ambassador Mikael Barfod

    27 February 2016 / 2350

    It is a real pleasure to be here with you today and deliver some opening remarks at this Preparatory meeting to the CARIFORUM Civil Society Consultative Committee. The    text   of   the    EU-CARIFORUM   Economic   Partnership Agreement is extremely clear in reserving a fundamental role to the  Consultative  Committee.  The overall objective is to promote dialogue and ensure that the voice of the...
  • Opening remarks delivered by Carlos Wharton, Director - EPA Implementation Unit, CARIFORUM Directorate, CARICOM Secretariat

    18 February 2016 / 2210

    - Mr. Remwick Rose, Chairman of the CARIFORUM Representatives of Civil Society;- Ambassador Mikael Barfod, Head of the EU Delegation to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean;- Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen On behalf of the Director-General of the CARIFORUM Directorate, Mr. Percival Marie, I would like to thank CARIFORUM Civil Society for inviting the CARIFORUM Directorate to this important event. Unfortunately, Mr. Marie is unable to attend this Meeting, but he extends his best...
  • December, 2015

    CARIFORUM states build public procurement capacity

    11 December 2015 / 3082

    Public procurement practitioners and policy-makers in Trinidad and Tobago will enhance their expertise in public procurement at a five-day CARIFORUM/EU training course, scheduled for 14-18 December, 2015 in Port-of-Spain.An output of the 10th EDF funded CARIFORUM/EU Capacity-Building Project, the training is one of several to be held throughout CARIFORUM member states, over the life of the project.Targeting current and future practitioners, the training is aimed at creating the foundation...
  • November, 2015

    Conformity Assessment Bodies

    03 November 2015 / 2082

    Conformity Assessment Bodies across CARIFORUM States were encouraged on Monday to work together to build a stronger network to improve the quality and ease of regional and international trade.The advice came from CEO of the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ), Mr. Deryck Omar, as the first ever Caribbean Conformity Assessment Week kicked off in Trinidad and Tobago this morning.Mr. Omar further emphasized the need for harmonization of standards, processes and...
  • August, 2015

    CDB meets with Haiti’s Minister of Commerce and Industry to Discuss EPA/CSME Projects

    28 August 2015 / 1962

    Port-au-Prince – Edward Greene, Division Chief of the Technical Cooperation Division of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB)  held talks yesterday with the Minister of Commerce and Industry of Haiti that were described as both “frank and productive”. In addition, Greene met with a senior official of CARIFESTA, the Caribbean Festival of the Arts, and affirmed the Bank’s commitment to support of the creative arts.  Haiti is playing host to CARIFESTA XII...
  • July, 2015

    Opening speech from H.E. Mr Jean Asselborn, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

    17 July 2015 / 1680

    Honourable Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Grenada and CARIFORUM High Representative,Honourable Ministers,Your Excellencies the Ambassadors and Other Representatives of CARIFORUM States,Distinguished Members of National Delegations,Distinguished Director General of CARIFORUM,Ladies and Gentlemen,It is my pleasure to be here in Georgetown, Guyana for the third meeting of the Joint CARIFORUM - EU EPA Council.I am much honoured to represent the EU side in this meeting...
  • The way ahead for the EU-CARIFORUM Economic Partnership Agreement

    16 July 2015 / 1574

    Cecilia Malmström, Commissioner for TradeMrs. Cecilia Malmström, Commissioner for Trade, European Commission: Opening Speech to the Third Meeting of the Joint CARIFORUM-EU CouncilCecilia Malmström, Commissioner for Trade 3rd meeting of the EU-CARIFORUM Joint EPA Council Ministers, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am delighted to be here with you in Georgetown, capital of Guyana. I'm happy to because it's my first chance to visit this fabulous part of the world. I'm...
  • Hon. Oliver Joseph addresses the Opening Ceremony of the Third Meeting of the Joint CARIFORUM-EU Council

    16 July 2015 Reference Number: 118/2015 / 1694

    (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)     The Third Meeting of the Joint CARIFORUM-European Union (EU) Council under the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) got underway this morning at the Arthur Chung Convention Centre in Liliendaal, Guyana. The Meeting is being held under the chairmanship of Hon. Oliver Joseph, Minister of Economic Development, Planning, Trade, Cooperatives and International Business of Grenada. Several CARIFORUM States are...
  • June, 2015

    Regional forum to focus on policy making

    18 June 2015 / 1890

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Jun. 17, CMC – Representatives from 19 Employers’ Organizations from the English- and Dutch-speaking Caribbean will participate in a regional forum entitled “Facilitating Participation of CARIFORUM Civil Society in Regional Development and Integration Processes”.The June 22-24 meeting is part of an EU-funded Project1, implemented by the International Labour Organization (ILO) to strengthen the capacity of the Caribbean Employers’...
  • May, 2015

    Caribbean food production industry to receive US$469,000 in additional support

    19 May 2015 / 1422

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has pumped an additional US$469,000 into the region’s specialty food sector via a supplemental grant to the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) under the Caribbean Aid for Trade and Regional Integration (CARTFund) Programme, which is funded by Britain’s Department for International Development (DfID).The region’s specialty foods include a range of processed foods and beverages that typically can...
  • April, 2015

    Haiti’s Private Sector Discusses Bi-national Trade Issues

    29 April 2015 / 1486

    Haiti’s Private Sector Economic Forum (FESP) and Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIH) organized a workshop on commercial relations and trade of goods and services between Haiti and the Dominican Republic on April 21st with the support of The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export).The event, which was attended by key private sector representatives from the Haitian industrial sector, provided a space to discuss the progress of the Memorandum of Understanding signed...
  • EU funding project to develop coconut industry in the C’bean

    29 April 2015 / 5172

    CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC) – The European Union is financing a project aimed at enhancing the competitiveness of small-scale coconut farmers by identifying market opportunities, creating synergies between national and regional programmes and improving access to advisory services for improved production.The Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) in partnership with the Geneva-based International Trade Centre (ITC) and the EU are implementing the €3.5 million...
  • Caribbean producers optimistic about new opportunities

    16 April 2015 / 1360

    The Third CARIFORUM-EU Business Forum opened in Montego Bay, Jamaica on Wednesday with calls for Caribbean countries to seize new opportunities offered by globalisation and improved access for the region to international markets.The mood of optimism about opportunities for Caribbean producers, many of whom attended the conference, was summed up by Sharon Ffolkes Abrahams, State Minister of Jamaica, who delivered a keynote speech on behalf of the Jamaican Prime Minister, Portia Simpson...
  • Greater international prospects for Caribbean music

    10 April 2015 / 2006

    Growing the multi- million dollar Caribbean Music Industry will be a major focus of the 3rd CARIFORUM-EU Business Forum which will be held April 15-16 at the Hilton Rose Hall, Montego Bay Jamaica.David Sanders, Producer at Coke Studio Africa, Eldar Ástþórsson, Senior PR Manager – Europe, CCP Games and Ylir Music Fund, Ronald ‘Boo’ Hinkson, Performer/Artiste and Jeffrey “Assassin” Campbell, Jamaican/International Reggae Entertainer...
  • March, 2015

    Caribbean Export Explores Technical Management Unit To Support Regional Trade

    30 March 2015 / 2360

    GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- Following the successful hosting of a business forum in the Cayman Islands, for private sector firms, the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) explored the establishment of a technical management unit (TMU) to assist exporters from the Caribbean Forum of African Caribbean and Pacific States (CARIFORUM) states that are interested in entering the French Caribbean market as well as to assist French Caribbean exporters with market information on the...
  • EPA Capacity-Building Project Launched

    26 March 2015 Reference Number: 54/2015 / 2588

    (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)     The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat-based Caribbean Forum of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (CARIFORUM) Directorate, in collaboration with key partners, launched a €3,099,915 Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA)-centered Capacity-building Project, in Georgetown, Guyana on 25 March.The Project’s specific objective is to contribute to the effective implementation of the...
  • Regional Sensitisation and Needs Assessment Workshops convened

    25 March 2015 Reference Number: 51/2015 / 2632

    A capacity-building project which focuses on Competition, Pubic Procurement and Customs and Trade Facilitation for CARIFORUM stakeholders was formally launched this morning ahead of a workshop to sensitise participants on the training opportunities available under the project. A workshop to conduct an assessment of training needs of CARIFORUM States in the three referenced areas will follow on 26th-27thMarch 2015.The launch at Duke Lodge, Kingston, Georgetown, was chaired by Mr. Percival...
  • Partnership Between Businesses in the Caribbean and EU to be Bolstered by the 3rd CARIFORUM-EU Business Forum

    09 March 2015 / 1214

    The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) will host its third CARIFORUM-EU Business Forum, scheduled to take place on April 15 – 16 in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The conference, which is organised in collaboration with the ACP Business Climate facility (BizClim), seeks to enhance partnerships between Caribbean businesses and those in Europe, enable public-private dialogue, and support the business climate reform agenda in the Caribbean. Focussing on three sectors:...
  • February, 2015

    Caribbean Export Supports the Caribbean Network of Service Coalitions (C-NSC) towards strengthening the Region’s Services Sector

    11 February 2015 / 2486

    The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) facilitated the planning session for the 2015 work programme and annual general meeting of the Caribbean Network of Service Coalitions last week at the Marriot Hotel, Barbados.The meeting which gathered representatives from the fifteen (15) CARIFORUM States spent 4 days developing the work programme for Year 2 of the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) Services Fiche; a programme with a total value of €3.2million....
  • January, 2015

    New Capacity-Building Project to provide support for CARIFORUM-EU EPA

    27 January 2015 Reference Number: 13/2015 / 1994

    (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)     Key partners involved in a new Capacity-building Project to support effective implementation of the CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) met in Georgetown, Guyana on 19 January 2015, to chart the way forward.The Project, valued at €3,099,915, is financed from the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) Caribbean Regional Indicative Programme (CRIP).  In part,  the project will provide...
  • November, 2014

    CAHFSA begins operations in Suriname

    28 November 2014 / 1418

    The Board of Directors of the Caribbean Agricultural Health and Food Safety (CAHFSA), a Regional institution, held its third meeting at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat from November 17-19, 2014.The Chairman of the Board is Ms. Audine Mootoo of Trinidad and Tobago. Other members are: Dr. Helena Browne of Antigua and Barbuda, Dr. Beverley Wood of Barbados, Mr. Emir Cruz of Belize,, Mr. Ryan Anselm of Dominica, Dr. Bowen Louisan of Grenada, Dr. Dindyal Permaul of Guyana, Dr. Max...
  • October, 2014

    CARIFORUM and EU discussing projects for funding

    29 October 2014 / 1338

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Oct 28, CMC – The Steering Committees of the CARICOM Single Market Economy (CSME) and CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) Standby Facilities are considering proposals for eight projects for funding.The two-day meeting, which begins here on Tuesday, is being held at the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). The Steering Committees comprise representatives of European Commission, The Guyana-based Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat and...