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(Mexico, April 7-8, 1988)

The second meeting of the Mexico-Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Joint Commission was held in Mexico City on 7-8 April, 1988.

The Mexican Delegation was led by Ambassador Miguel Angel Olea Sisniega, General Coordinator of Advisors to the Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs. The Caribbean Delegation, in turn, was led by Mr. Roderick Rainford, Secretary-General of CARICOM.

Due to the multilateral character of the Caribbean Community, the Director in Chief for Multilateral Affairs, Lic. Claude Heller, closed the meeting and signed the final report on behalf of the Mexican Government. The lists of both Delegations are attached as Annexes 1 and 2.

The meeting adopted the Agenda which is attached as Annex 3 and established the following working groups.

1. Working Group on Trade, Financial and Industrial Matters.

2. Working Group on Energy, Transport, Tourism and Health.

Working Group 1 was coordinated, on the Mexican side, by Amb. Francisco Gonzalez de Cossio, Director General of Bilateral Economic Relations, and on the CARICOM side by the Chief of the CARICOM Delegation, Mr. Roderick Rainford. Working Group 2 was coordinated by Amb. Gustavo Iruegas, Ambassador of Mexico to Jamaica, and by Mr. Byron Blake, Director of Economics and Industry of the CARICOM Secretariat, respectively.


The opening speeches of both Heads of Delegation are attached as Annexes 4 and 5.

In reviewing the items included on the Agenda, The Joint Commission took into account the matters agreed on the occasion of the various meetings held during the present decade, such as the meeting for the Evaluation of Mexico-CARICOM Economic, Scientific-Technical and Cultural Relations (23-25 January 1985, Georgetown, Guyana) and the meeting of Mexico-CARICOM Technical Working Groups on Trade and Finance (18-19 August, 1987, Georgetown, Guyana).

Both delegations recognized the importance of scientific and technical cooperation as an important factor in strengthening ties between the countries of CARICOM and Mexico.

Both Delegations made presentations on the general guidelines for trade policy adopted in Mexico as well as in the Member States of CARICOM.

The Mexican side made particular reference to the process of opening its economy through the gradual elimination of licences, non-tariff barriers and the operation of the tariff regime for which rates of duty have been reduced. The Mexican Delegation expressed that this process of commercial opening, conceived in terms of a non-discriminatory treatment and the most favoured nation clause, may lead to promote cooperation between Mexico and member states of CARICOM.

The CARICOM Delegation described the foreign trade regime of CARICOM based upon the provisions of the treaty establishing the Caribbean Common Market. It was explained that the member states were in the process of reviewing their customs tariffs to implement a common Customs tariffs regime for the Common Market by a target date of January 1, 1990. A document explaining the existing and planned arrangement was circulated for the information of the Mexican side.
Upon evaluating the commercial trends between Mexico and CARICOM, both Delegations recognized the need to reverse the erratic and decreasing flow of trade as well as the need to correct the trade imbalances. With regard to these objectives, the Joint Commission agreed that the strategy which should be pursued would be based on the following elements:

a) Determination by each side of a list of products which it is interested in exporting to the other side.

b) The creation and implementation of a system of information exchange and trade promotion to support expansion of trade between Mexico and CARICOM.

c) Promotion of institutionalized contacts between the private sectors of Mexico and CARICOM.

d) The conclusion of a trade agreement between Mexico and CARICOM.

With respect to the determination by each side of products which it is interested in exporting to the other side:

i) The Joint Commission noted the tabling of a list by the Mexican side and the tabling of a list of a preliminary nature by the CARICOM side.

ii) The CARICOM side, taking into account, inter alia, information from the Mexican side on items on CARICOM’s preliminary list, will review and revise the said list as appropriate, and transmit any such revised list to the Mexican side, along with the information requested by the Mexican side on supply capabilities, technical specifications where relevant, etc.

iii) The CARICOM side will furnish to the Mexican side information on tariffs and non-tariff measures applicable in CARICOM Member States to the items on the Mexican list.

iv) The respective lists would be kept under review and updated when desired by the respective parties.

With respect to the creation and implementation of a system of information exchange and trade promotion to support expansion of trade between Mexico and CARICOM:

i) The Joint Commission agreed that the information to be exchanged would be related primarily but not necessarily exclusively, to the specific items each side has identified for export to the markets of the other side, and shall concern to such matters as tariff rates in effect, non-tariff measures affecting trade in the items, specifications and supply availability, and commercial operators engaged in the trading of the specific items.

ii) Both sides shall separately and together examine the possibility of establishing a link between the Caribbean Trade Information System (CARTIS) and the Mexican Trade Information System.

iii) Each side shall furnish the other with information on opportunities to participate in trade fairs and exhibitions being staged within its area.

iv) Each side, through its appropriate agencies shall, upon request, use its best endeavours to assist the other side in mounting selling and/or buying trade missions to its market, aimed primarily but not exclusively at promoting trade in the specific items each side has identified for export to the market of the other side.

v) Action will be taken to negotiate a trade promotion agreement between the National Bank for Foreign Trade of Mexico and CARICOM, which will cover, inter alia, the matters i) – iv) above, with the understanding that pending the conclusion of such an agreement, both sides shall make every effort to promote cooperation in these matters. In connection with the objective of negotiating the above mentioned trade promotion agreement, the Mexican side tabled a draft of the proposed agreement to be concluded between the National Bank for Foreign Trade and an appropriate institution on the CARICOM side. The CARICOM side undertook to examine the draft and provide a response to it for the Mexican side.

vi) The CARICOM side undertakes to transmit to the Mexican side information on the procurement policies and tendering procedures of CARICOM Member States affecting projects which are not subject to the procurement rules and tendering guidelines of multilateral funding agencies.

With regard to the promotion of institutionalized contacts between the private sectors of Mexico and CARICOM:

i) The Joint Commission agreed that this would best be done through direct contact between private sector organizations on both sides.

ii) The CARICOM side undertook to convey to the Caribbean Association of Industry and Commerce and the East Caribbean Manufacturers Council for their consideration and response, the proposal tabled in the meeting by the representative of the Consejo Empresarial Mexicano de Asuntos Internacionales (CEMAI) for the identification of a counterpart cooperation agency in the private sector in the Caribbean.

With respect to the possible conclusion of a trade agreement between Mexico and CARICOM:

i) The CARICOM side will hold further technical discussions with the appropriate agency on the Mexican side to clarify a number of questions that have arisen in relation to the option of negotiating a trade agreement between Mexico and CARICOM.

ii) After the clarification of the outstanding technical questions and upon conclusion of its further internal study of the matter, the CARICOM side will communicate further with the Mexican side with a view to determining the additional steps that should be taken towards the conclusion of a trade arrangement between Mexico and CARICOM.


Both Delegations agreed that financial cooperation has great potential for improving the economic relations between Mexico and CARICOM, not only because of the support that it could provide for the conduct of bilateral trade but also for the identification and implementation of projects of mutual interest to be agreed upon.

The Mexican delegation reiterated the willingness of its Government to support projects with funds supplied by it to the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), to be used by any Member State of CARICOM, which have been available since 1982 and which have not been utilized fully.

With regard to the statements made at the Meeting of Mexico-CARICOM Technical Working Group on Trade and Finance held in Georgetown, Guyana, on 18-19 August 1987, both parties confirmed the purpose of giving priority to projects identified by the Mexico-CARICOM Joint Commission and the projects involving the less developed countries of CARICOM. To this end, the Mexican Delegation reiterated its willingness to use its resources at the CDB, not only in sectors covered by operations of the Bank but also to provide consultancy services, technical assistance, scholarships, and in education.

The Mexican delegation referred to the conversations between UNIDO, UNDP, ECLAC, CDB and the Mexican Government to consider a proposal to develop a project funded from the SDF resources with the aim of identifying projects in the Caribbean countries which would incorporate Mexican technology and Mexican goods and services and indicated that CARICOM should participate in these meetings. The CARICOM delegation stated that it needed more information on the project before considering its participation.

Both delegations agreed that it was desirable that technical assistance projects in other sectors of cooperation be identified by the respective institutions as soon as possible, with the aim of making use of the resources Mexico has in the SDF.

The Mexican delegation considered it desirable to hold a seminar in Mexico at which CDB officials expose Mexican entrepreneurs to the opportunity offered for participation in projects funded by CDB in Caribbean countries. Also, it was considered as desirable the convening of a seminar oriented to the Eastern Caribbean countries, through the OECS Secretariat.

In reviewing possible agreements for the financing of external trade, the Mexican delegation explained its financial policy relating to the establishment of this type of arrangement.

CARICOM, for its part, made two proposals as follows:

a) The establishment of a global line of credit by Mexico which would support trade between Mexico and all CARICOM Member States; and b) the use of a portion of the aforementioned line of credit to finance intra-CARICOM trade in products utilizing Mexican inputs.

The Mexican delegation replied that in relation to these proposals it would require additional information, since the concept was new, and would only be able to note the proposals at this time.

Both delegations, however, expressed support for the continuation of negotiations of bilateral lines of credit. The Mexican delegation also indicated its willingness to examine requests for financial arrangements from CARICOM Member States in support of trade.

In addition, CARICOM also requested a statement regarding the Mexican position on financial support for the proposed Caribbean Export Bank (CXB).

The Mexican delegation indicated that before a final decision could be taken it would have to await further information on the precise structure and operations of CXB.

The Mexican and CARICOM sides recognized that there was good potential for the development of joint ventures between Mexican and CARICOM investors for the purpose of supplying CARICOM, Mexican and third country markets. Accordingly, it was agreed that both sides would seek to put in place an arrangement for the conduct of studies for the promotion of joint ventures. In this connection, the Mexican side submitted for the consideration of the CARICOM side a draft of a proposed cooperation agreement for the promotion of joint ventures between Nacional Financiera, S.N.C. and an appropriate CARICOM institution such as the CDB.
The Mexican Delegation made reference to the national policy on industrial development, presenting – among other guidelines – the National Program on Foreign Trade and Industrial Promotion, and the main results achieved thus far by the “Industrial Reconversion” policy. Documented information was submitted to the Caribbean Delegation on this question.

The CARICOM side for its part explained the evolution of industrial policies both at the national and regional levels within the Caribbean Common Market. It was pointed out that individual CARICOM Member States have been engaging in a process of formulating and clarifying their industrial and investment policies, and that documentation on these individual policies has been supplied in the recent past to the Mexican side. It was further emphasized that at the regional level the center piece of the industrial development policy is the establishment of a Common Market Industrial Programming Scheme. The CARICOM delegation tabled for the information of the Mexican delegation a document outlining the evolution of industrial development policies and programs in the CARICOM region.

Both Delegations agreed to promote industrial cooperation in order to profit on the great opportunities envisaged in this area. In this regard the Joint Commission agreed:

1. To maintain a process of exchange of information on the industrial/investment policies of Mexico and Member States of CARICOM.

2. That Mexico would provide technical assistance and advice on ship-building and ship-repairing.

The Mexican side was informed of plans for a Trade and Investment Promotion Exposition by the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States in Antigua in September 1988, and agreed to encourage Mexican private sector participation in this activity.
Both sides acknowledged that the problem of energy continues to be a crucial issue; the resolution of which could benefit from cooperative action including the exchange of information.

In this context, they took note of the effective and positive consultation and exchange of information between Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago on the petroleum sector.

In recognizing the importance of developing new sources of energy and the Mexican experience in this field, the two sides agreed to revive consideration of cooperation activities as follows: a) various projects aimed at the identification and development of new sources of energy, including geo-thermal energy and, b) manpower training in wind and geo-thermal energy. In this regard, note was taken of the preparedness of the Mexican side to help advance the process by receiving a technical delegation from CARICOM and to promote participation of the Mexican Institute of Electrical Research in the agreed activities.
1. Maritime Transport.
The Mexican delegation offered technical assistance in its specialized institutions for maritime and port training in the following areas:

– Port operations for supervisors.
– Analysis of port performance.
– Port maintenance administration.
– Administration of container terminal operations.
– Cost control for shipping companies.
– Port planning.

Diplomatic channels will be used to exchange the information needed to specify the areas of interest to CARICOM in this field, as well as the conditions, requirements and costs implied in holding courses agreed upon by the parties.

2. Air Transport.
Both sides agreed that concrete areas of cooperation in air transportation would best be identified by specialist air transport officials. To this end, the meeting accepted the offer by the CARICOM side to receive a visit by Mexican air transport officials and to host a meeting between them and their CARICOM counterparts. It was agreed that this activity should be held as soon as possible and should identify specific areas for cooperation.
Both delegations underlined the priority that their respective governments give to establishing links in this sector which plays an important role in their economies.

The CARICOM delegation outlined to its counterpart possible areas of cooperation between Mexico and the member countries of CARICOM in the field of tourism, particularly with regard to consultation, exchange of information, joint promotion, training and financing. In this regard, the CARICOM delegation presented the Mexican side with a document describing in more detail these possible areas for practical cooperation between CARICOM Member Countries and Mexico in the area of tourism, and it was proposed that an appropriate mechanism be agreed to by both parties, including the possibility of a technical meeting, to discuss the implementation of any agreed proposals.

The Mexican, delegation offered to examine the contents of the document and to convey its comments through diplomatic channels as soon as possible.

The parties also exchanged information on statistics, promotional material and their respective legislation in this field.
The CARICOM side outlined the rationale, objectives and main aspects of the “Caribbean Cooperation in Health Programme” as approved by the CARICOM Ministers of Health and the Conference of Heads of Government and the approach being followed to mobilize support for the Programme.

Both delegations expressed their interest in increasing cooperation in this field.

The CARICOM delegation offered to provide the Mexican side with the detailed “Caribbean Cooperation in Health Programme”, with a view to the identification of areas of mutual interest and of possibilities for the provision of Mexican assistance.
Both Parties stated that cooperation in educational and cultural matters is a key factor in strengthening relations between Mexico and the Caribbean Community.

The Parties agreed on the need to establish a consultation mechanism that would make it possible to streamline cooperative activities and projects in the fields of education; exchange of scholarships – particularly those of the type mentioned in the Final Report of the First Meeting of the Mexico-CARICOM Joint Commission – restoration and conservation of the cultural heritage; painting and sculpture, music, dance and theatre; archives, libraries and publications; audiovisual material; and youth and sports.

Special emphasis was given to the problem that language differences present in carrying out exchanges in education and scholarships and it was consequently decided to make concrete efforts to prepare Spanish and English language promotion programmes.

The Parties concluded that educational and cultural cooperation could be initiated through the exchange of information and documents that would provide an understanding of the respective education systems, study plans and programmes, and the artistic resources of each country.

The Joint Commission agreed that its Third Meeting would be convened at a venue on a date to be determined in consultation through the diplomatic channels.

Done in Mexico City on April 8, 1988, in English and Spanish versions, both texts being equally valid.

On behalf of CARICOM
Signed: Roderick Rainford


On behalf of the Mexican Government
Signed: Claude Heller

Director en Jefe para Asuntos Multilaterales



México, D.F., 7 y 8 de Abril de 1988.


Emb. Miguel Angel Olea Coordinator General De Asesores
Del C, Secretario De Relaciones
Exteriores De México


Lic. Claude Heller Roussant Director En Jefe Para Asuntos
Multilaterales, S.R.E.

Secretaría De Relaciones Exteriores

Emb. Francisco González De Cossío Director General De Relaciones
Económicas Bilaterales
Emb. Gustavo Iruegas Embajador De México En Jamaica
Emb. Antonio Villegas Villalobos Director General Para América Latina
Y El Caribe
Lic. Jorge Pérez Galicia Director De Relaciones Económicas
Con Países En Desarrollo
Lic. Martha González Ríos Directora De Convenios Y
Programas De La Dirección General De Asuntos Culturales
Lic. Gloria Valdéz Coordinadora Administrativa De La
Dirección General De Cooperación
Técnica Internacional
Dr. Gil Gil Massa Director De Relaciones Económicas
Lic. Silvia Esther Curz Palma Jefe Del Departamento De Relaciones Económicas Con Países De América
Latina Y El Caribe
Lic. Ernesto Campos Tenorio Jefe Del Departamento Del Caribe
Lic. Oscar Javier Medina Xochihua Técnico Especializado En Países
De Centroamérica Y El Caribe
Lic. Ma. De Los Angeles Medina Vinales Técnico Especializado En Países
De Centroamérica Y El Caribe
Lic. Ma. Del Socorro Oropeza Moreno Técnico Especializado En Países

Secretaría De Hacienda y Crédito Público

Lic. Salvador Arriola B. Director General De Asuntos
Hacendarios Internacionales
Lic. Francisco Demeneghi Director De Política Económica
Lic. Javier Zarco Ledesma Subdirector De Organismos De
Cooperación Económica Internacional
Lic. Ranulfo Ramírez De Santiago Jefe Del Departamento Relaciones
Económicas Bilaterales A.L.

Secretaría De Energía, Minas E Industria Paraestatal

Lic. Fernando Díaz Méndez Director De Operación Y

Secretaría De Comercio Y Fomento Industrial

Lic. Juan José Mercado Subdirector De Cooperación
Económica Internacional
Lic. Consuelo Ramírez Jefe De Oficina De Latinoamérica
Y El Caribe

Secretaría De Agricultura Y Recursos Hidráulicos

Lic. Martha H. Flores C. Jefe De Departamento
Lic. Carlos Contreras Jefe Del Departamento De Cooperación Bilateral Con América Latina
Y El Caribe
Lic. Adriana Bolivar V. Coordinadora

Secretaría De Comunicaciones Y Transportes

Lic. Carlos Edgar Borrego Jefe De Oficina De Convenios Bilaterales
Lic. Delia E. Castellanos Jefe Del Departamento De
Documentación Y Normas OACI
Dirección General De Aeronáutica Civil
Lic. Miriam Vélez Jefe De La Oficina De Asuntos De

Secretaría De Turismo

Lic. Roberto Ruiz Padilla Asesor De La Coordinación
General Técnica

Nacional Financiera, S.N.C.

Act. Alfredo Phillips Green Subgerente De Coinversiones
Lic. Jorge Padilla D. Coordinator De Promoción
De Coinversiones
Lic. Eduardo Rebolledo Experto De La Gerencia De
 Cooperación Latinoamericana

Consejo Empresarial Mexicano Para Asuntos Internacionales

Lic. Fernando Izita Septiem Presidente Del Comité Empresarial
Mexicano De Centroamérica Y El Caribe
Lic. Teresa Fernanda Velázquez Coordinadora De Area

Petróleos Mexicanos

Ing. José Luis Laguna B. Superintendente De La Gerencia De Comercialización De Productos Petrolíferos
Ing. César González Velasco Representante De La Gerencia De
 Comercio Exterior

Organización De Las Naciones Unidas Para El Desarrollo Industrial

Lic. Juan Ayza Asesor Principal En Desarrollo Industrial


H.E. Mr. Roderick Rainford Secretary General, Caribbean
Community Secretariat (CARICOM)
H.E. Mr. Thomas Stimpson Ambassador of Jamaica to Mexico
H.E. Mr. J.R.P. Dumas Ambassador of Trinidad & Tobago
to the U.S.A.
Mr. Atlay Morales Charge ‘D’ Affaires of Belize in
Mr. Eden Weston Director of Economic Planning,
Ministry of Economic Development,
Tourism & Energy (Antigua & Barbuda)
Dr. L. Errol Cort Consultant, Ministry of Economic
Development, Tourism & Energy
(Antigua & Barbuda)
Ms. Perla Perdomo First Secretary, Embassy of Belize
in Mexico
Ms. Deta Cheddar Acting Deputy Director, Foreign
Trade Division, Ministry of Foreign
Affairs (Jamaica)
Mr. Paul Robotham Counsellor, Embassy of Jamaica
in Mexico
Mr.Carlson Gough Chief Project Officer, Infrastructure,
(Caribbean Development Bank)
Mr. Victor Curtin Adviser, (Caribbean Tourism
Research & Development Centre)
Mr. Percival Marie Chief Trade, Economic Policy &
Statistic (OECS Secretariat)
Mr. Byron Blake Director, Economics & Industry Division (CARICOM Secretariat)
Ms. Desiree Field-Ridley Economic Adviser (CARICOM Secretariat)
Mr. Stanley Odle Trade Programme Coordinator
 (CARICOM Secretariat)
Mr. Frank Campbell Foreign Affairs Officer (CARICOM
Ms. Sheila Chan Administrative Officer (CARICOM



México, D.F., 7 y 8 De Abril De 1988



1. Examination of the CARICOM – Mexico Economic Situation and of prospects in the world economic context.

2. Global Evaluation of CARICOM – Mexico Economic Relations and of their prospects in the short and medium term.


1. General Features of Foreign Trade Policies of CARICOM and Mexico Member States.

2. Evaluation of Prospects for CARICOM/Mexico Trade.

3. Measures to increase trade,

3.1  Negotiations regarding arrangements necessary to promote trade between CARICOM and Mexico Member States.

3.2   Participation of each side in procurement mechanisms of the other side.

3.3   Access for products of Export Interest to CARICOM and Mexico.

4. Activities relating to the Promotion of Trade,

4.1   Establishment of system for exchange of information.

4.2   Trade promotion events such as trade missions, marketing seminars and trade exhibitions.

4.3 Offer of Mexican assistance in the organization of trade promotion events.


1. Examination of Mexican participation in the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and identification of projects to utilise Mexican resources.

2. Arrangements for the financing of foreign trade.

3. Steps to identify specific investment needs.

4. Analysing the possibilities of Mexican support for the Caribbean Export Bank (CXB)


1. General trends on industrial policies: CARICOM and Mexico Region.

2. The exchange of information with respect to possibilities for cooperation in matters of industrial development and investment.


– Cooperation in energy matters.


1. Maritime Transport

1.1   Offer of Mexican assistance in ports administration and in the management of shipping companies.

1.2   Evaluation of methods for increasing shipping services between CARICOM and Mexico.

2. Air Transport

2.1   Exchange of information and strategies and plans for the design and execution of policies in civil aviation matters.

2.2 Programme of visits among air transport officials.


1.   Cooperation in research and training and in the development of tourism resources.

2.  Cooperation in Tourism Promotion and Marketing.


1.   Exploring the possibilities for Mexican support for the “Caribbean Cooperation in Health” programme.


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