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September 13, 2013

CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) National Awareness Building Workshop

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The Antigua and Barbuda EPA Implementation Unit in collaboration with Caribbean Export Development Agency and Deutsche Gesellschaft for Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) held an Awareness Building Workshop on March 10th – 11th, 2011 at the Antigua and Barbuda Hospitality Training Institute, Dutchman’s Bay for stakeholders from the public and private sector.

The objective of the workshop was to deepen the level of understanding of the CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), as well as identify and discuss opportunities and challenges arising from the implementation of the Agreement.

The areas of focus discussed at the workshop are market access of goods, sanitary and phtyo-sanitary measures (SPS) and technical barriers to trade (TBT), services and investment and its regulatory framework requirements, and intellectual property. Sessions were also dedicated to the overview of development cooperation and its importance to the implementation process, an introduction to the concept of innovation and competitiveness, and the enhanced market access for businesses within specific service sectors in the EU market.

The workshop was facilitated by the following regional and national experts:

  • Mr. Lincoln Price – Private Sector Liaison in the Office of Trade Negotiations (OTN) – CARICOM Secretariat
  • Ms. Allyson Francis- Trade in Services and Investment Specialist – Regional EPA Implementation Unit – CARICOM Secretariat
  • Mr. Malcolm Spence – Senior Coordinator – Intellectual Property, Science and Technology
  • Mr. Carlos Wharton – Senior Trade Policy Advisor – Caribbean Export Development Agency
  • Mr. Robert Glass – Project Manager, GIZ
  • Ms. Kariyma Baltimore – Senior Trade and Research Officer – Ministry of Trade, Industry and Commerce
  • Dr. Janil Gore-Francis – Plant Protection Officer – Ministry of Agriculture
  • Ms. Dianne Lalla-Rodrigues – Director – Antigua and Barbuda Bureau of Standards

The workshop was opened with remarks from Mr Robert Glass – GIZ, Mr. Carlos Wharton – Senior Trade Policy Advisor – Caribbean Export Development Agency and the feature address by Hon. Senator Joanne Massiah, Minister of State in the Ministry of Legal Affairs.

Minister Massiah reminded the participants that “for the Agreement to have the maximum benefit to Antigua & Barbuda and the rest of the region, we should develop strategies to improve our shortcomings and seek innovative avenues to overcome them. The opportunities to build capacity, while expanding our trade and improving our competitiveness in the global arena lies within the pages of this Agreement. Therefore, it is up to us to be proactive in shaping the implementation process to address our development agenda.

The workshop was attended by over eighty (80) participants ranging from various public and private entities.

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