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Civil Society Dialogue on the CARIFORUM-EC Economic Partnership Agreement

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The Antigua and Barbuda EPA Implementation Unit in collaboration with the Regional EPA Implementation Unit of the CARICOM Secretariat hosted a “Civil Society Consultation on the CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) and its Implementation” on March 16th, 2011 at the Multipurpose Centre, Perry Bay, St. John’s

One of the important pillars of the work programme of the Antigua and Barbuda EPA Implementation Unit is to build awareness about the objectives and opportunities of the CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) among a wide cross-section of stakeholders. This consultation was designed to provide a meaningful dialogue between regional experts who participated in the negotiations of the Agreement and representatives of civil society organisation and interested members of the general public. The aim of this consultation was to offer a broad-based understanding of the critical aspects of the Agreement, including trade in goods and services and other trade-related issues as well as facilitate the enhanced engagement of civil society in the implementation process of the Agreement to ensure the obligations are beneficial to the economy and society of Antigua and Barbuda.

The dialogue was facilitated by the following regional experts:

  • Mr. Branford Isaacs, Trade in Goods Specialist, EPA Implementation Unit of the CARICOM Secretariat and Advisor to the Secretary-General on the Implementation of the EPA;
  • Ms. S. H. Allyson Francis, Trade in Services and Investment Specialist, EPA Implementation Unit of the CARICOM Secretariat;
  • Mr. Lincoln Price, Private Sector Liaison, Office of Trade Negotiations (OTN) of the CARICOM Secretariat;
  • Mr. Nand C. Bardouille, Information and Public Education Specialist, EPA Implementation Unit of the CARICOM Secretariat.

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