agriculture

  • PLANNING ESSENTIAL FOR CARICOM’S AGRICULTURE SURVIVAL

    Trade Ministers of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have been urged to act now and plan for “eventualities” as the Region grapples with ensuing challenges facing its rice, sugar, and rum and banana industries. This position was put to the Ministers by Chairman of CARICOM's Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED, Minister of Agriculture, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Hon.…

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  • CARICOM PUSHING REGIONAL AGRICULTURE PROGRAMME

    Regional Governments and their international partners are moving to establish a comprehensive development programme in agriculture for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). This comes against the background of their recognition that the sector continues to play a critical role in the economies of CARICOM Member States. Government Ministers representing a range of portfolios which impact on trade and development in the…

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    Bilateral discussions on sugar exports

    Export of sugar to Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago was the subject of separate and successful bilateral discussions between Minister of Foreign Trade and International Cooperation of Guyana Clement Rohee and his counterparts from the two sister CARICOM countries, K.D Knight of Jamaica and Kenneth Valley of Trinidad and Tobago. These discussions took place during the just concluded Special meeting…

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  • RNM Brings Agriculture Trade Negotiations into Focus

    CHRIST CHURCH, BARBADOS – The Caribbean Regional Negotiating Machinery’s (RNM) Seventh Technical Working Group (TWG) on Agriculture came to a close yesterday. The two-day meeting – convened in Bridgetown, Barbados, July 21 to 22 – provided an overview of agriculture trade negotiations in the World Trade Organization (WTO) and Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA). Regarding the WTO, the…

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  • RNM/IICA Cooperation and Partnership Strengthened

    MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA – The Caribbean Regional Negotiating Machinery (RNM) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA) signed an important Cooperation Agreement, July 4. The signing took place on the margins of the Twenty-Fourth Meeting of CARICOM Heads in Montego Bay, Jamaica, July 2 to 5. RNM Director-General, Ambassador Dr. Richard Bernal and Dr. Chelston Braithwaite, Director-General of…

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  • 5th Technical Working Group on Market Access and Agriculture

    CHRIST CHURCH, BARBADOS – The RNM will convene its 5th TWG on Market Access and Agriculture on February 10th. The establishment of TWGs was mandated by The Heads of Government meeting in Special (Emergency) Session on 11-12 October, 2001 in Nassau, The Bahamas. TWGs, co-ordinated by the RNM, are intended to bring together officials from across the Region to decide…

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  • ACTION TO SAFEGUARD THE REGION FROM DREADED LIVESTOCK DISEASES

    The Caribbean Community is moving to ensure that the dreaded Foot and Mouth and Mad Cow diseases do not impact negatively on the livestock industry and the economies of the Region. To this end the Region's Public Health and Veterinary officers will meet in Guyana on 27 March 2001 to formulate a regional initiative to tackle these potentially devastating diseases.…

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  • CARICOM STATEMENT ON THE EU BANANA IMPORT REGIME ISSUED BY THE 10TH MEETING OF THE COUNCIL FOR TRADE

    The Tenth Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) which was convened in Georgetown, Guyana,11-12 January 2001 is dismayed at the decision of the Agriculture Council of the European Union to direct the Commission to prepare for a revised EU banana import regime based on the principle of “First Come, First Served” (FCFS). The proposal is totally…

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  • CARICOM POSITION ON AGRICULTURE AND SERVICES FOR WTO NEGOTIATIONS

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ministers responsible for Trade and Economic Development have agreed to a CARICOM position on Agriculture and Services in the current round of negotiations taking place in the World Trade Organisation (WTO). Assistant Secretary-General for Regional Trade and Economic Integration at the CARICOM Secretariat, Byron Blake, reporting on the CARICOM initiative, explained that the Ministers also agreed…

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  • STATEMENT ISSUED BY THE TENTH INTER-SESSIONAL MEETING OF THE CONFERENCE OF HEADS OF GOVERNMENT OF THE CARIBBEAN COMMUNITYON THE UNITED STATES’ UNILATERAL IMPOSITION OF SANCTIONS AGAINST THE EUROPEAN UNION BANANA IMPORT MARKETING REGIME

    We, the Heads of State and Government of the Caribbean Community, meeting in Paramaribo, Suriname, deplore the precipitate unilateral action of the United States to impose sanctions against the European Union (EU) over its Banana Import Regime. This unauthorised and illegal action undermines the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and threatens the economic survival and social and political stability of several…

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