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January 7, 2014

Press Statement: Commencement of a legal drafting consultancy to support the implementation of the CARIFORUM-EU ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT (EPA)


With financial support from the Caribbean Aid for Trade and Regional Integration Trust Fund (CARTFund) managed by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the Office of the National Authorizing Officer (ONAO), EPA Implementation in collaboration with the Attorney General Chambers, Ministry of Legal Affairs have launched a six months legal drafting consultancy.
EPA Implementation Coordinator, Ms. Barbara Williams in making the announcement, indicated that the consultancy is being undertaken by Mr. John Charles, an experienced legislative drafter.
“The consultant is reviewing and drafting several pieces of new legislation: Standards Act and Regulations, Metrology Act and Regulations, CARIRIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement Implementation Bill, which will assist Antigua and Barbuda to become compliant with its EPA obligations in the area of services, agriculture and standards” according to Ms. Williams.
She further explained that during the six months period of the assignment, the consultant will meet with key public and private sector stakeholders, including the Ministries of Agriculture, Health, Industry and Commerce and the Antigua and Barbuda Bureau of Standards.
When asked about the progress with the implementation of the EPA, Ms. Williams indicated that Antigua and Barbuda continues to make steady progress in the area of being compliant with its obligations. However, more focused attention is required on building the capacity of the private sector to utilize the Agreement for their collective development. As such the Work Programme for 2014 will focus heavily on providing assistance to the private sector.