CAIC leads Caribbean delegation at 1st ACP Non State Actors Meeting in Brussels

The African Caribbean Pacific (ACP) Group of States today hosted day one of two (October 30 - 31, 2017) of the 1st ACP Non-State Actors meeting in Brussels, Belgium. The meeting brings together representatives of NSAs from the 6 regions of the ACP Group to examine issues of common interest to the Group with regards to the SDGs, climate change, private sector development and the future of ACP-EU relations post Cotonou.

The main objective of the meeting is to provide a platform for NSAs views ont he process of defining, implementing and monitoring strategies for a coherent ACP approach and to effectively translate development objectives into results at the national level.

Leading the Caribbean delegation is CAIC Secretary Dav-Ernan Kowlessar who is also the Chair of the CARIFORUM side of the CARIFORUM-EU Consultative Committee on the EPA. The Caribbean delegation is comprised of the following: -

CAFRA - Flavia Cherry
CAFAN - Jethro Greene
ALLIANZA - Addys Then Marte
CCL - Andrew Lewis
ADIH - Georges B. Sassine
CYEN - Reginald Burke

The issues for consideration at the meeting are: -
The Future of the ACP Group under the theme 'The ACP We Want' under three strategic pillars.
1. Trade, industrialisation and services
2. Development cooperation, technology, science and innovation and research
3. Political dialogue and advocacy

The Future of ACP-EU relations Post 2020
One of the NSAs identified in the Cotonou Agreement is the private sector. The role to be played by the private sector in ACP states' social and economic development aims at:
1. Improving the business climate for private sector development
2. Developing and strengthening entrepreneurship and MSMEs
3. Increasing access to financing for MSMEs and strengthening competitiveness and access for MSMEs to the national, regional and global markets.

ECSEA Chamber Update

Official Chamber Correspondence

On behalf of our inter-regional organization, the Eastern Caribbean-Southeast Asia Economic and Cultural Chamber, we sincerely convey and extend our heartfelt sympathies as Hurricane Irma overwhelmed many islands in the Caribbean region causing extensive property damages and loss of life.

With the disastrous aftermath, the Chamber has been deeply concerned for one of its stakeholders, Antigua & Barbuda, as it left the island of Barbuda essentially uninhabitable. In this regard, the Chamber is poised to allocate some of the proceeds of its events in the near future in support of the victims and the hopeful rehabilitation of the island. During a recent events planning session, the Chamber’s management team has set a target goal of raising EC$ 27,000 for direct donation to Barbudans affected in this recent calamity.

Headlining the Chamber’s upcoming activities in Southeast Asia is “The Luxe Life: A Visual Cruise of the Eastern Caribbean”, a three-day promotional event focused on tourism, trade relations and investment in the Eastern Caribbean region launching initially in December 2017 in an upscale mall in Manila, Philippines and then reciprocated in Jakarta, Indonesia and Bangkok, Thailand in 2018. Interested members and stakeholders wishing to participate in this activity should contact Chamber staff directly.

The Chamber’s fruitful 2017 CARIB Roadshow ended last month on a high note and as we move towards the 4th quarter of the year, the Chamber has been busy continuing to achieve its various mandate. As a participant to the United Nations Global Compact, the Chamber has established an official connection with the United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) with the receipt of an official letter directly from H.E. Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu, UN Under-Secretary-General and High Representative. Recent Chamber efforts also include registration with the NGO Branch of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs and successful registration to the European Commission’s Transparency Register. In addition, the Chamber has been approved to join as an Associate Member of the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CoNGO), a participative organization with the UN founded in 1948.

Supplementing its cultural efforts in the Southeast Asian region, the Chamber has connected with the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland as an Institutional Member. It is also moving forward with the long term cooperation with the Diplomatic Academy of the Caribbean, an educational centre part of the Institute of International Relations at the University of the West Indies in St. Augustine, and will commence partnership activities beginning November 2017.

We thank everyone for the continued trust in the Chamber’s endeavours and look forward to your unwavering support.

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SBAJ to host Inaugural Caribbean MSME Conference

The Small Business Association of Jamaica (SBAJ) is staging the Inaugural Caribbean MSME Conference on July 19 – 21, 2017. The overarching theme is “Collaboration for Caribbean Business Sustainability”. The conference will bring together private and public sector stakeholders to discuss Trade, Finance and Policy. The stakeholders include representatives from CARICOM, Ministers of Trade, Investment and Commerce, Government Officials, Small Business Association Presidents and local and Regional MSMEs.

Conference Objective: “Shape opportunities for Regional Small Business Associations (RSBAs) to better serve and support their members while striving to create a space to address areas most critical to the sustainability and livelihood of MSMEs through a network connecting Business to Business (B2B).



  1. Draft Policy Document on Caribbean Business Sustainability
  2. Agreement amongst Regional SBAs to collectively lobby Governments of the region for specific policy changes on trade finance and legislation
  3. Expose attendees to various cultures and businesses
  4. Facilitate opportunities for B2B networking
  5. Facilitate a Mini Expo for MSMEs
  6. Promote country to country dialogue at the ministerial level to secure a predictable and supportive framework that gives MSMEs the certainty and confidence required to take risks and expand.

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Eurasian Week 2017

Eurasian Week is a major annual business event dedicated to promoting EAEU economy, investment and export potential. The Forum is conducted by countries of the Eurasian Economic Union and the Eurasian Economic Commission. The initiative to institute the Eurasian Week was approved by a resolution of five Prime Ministers of EAEU countries in May 2015.

The first Eurasian Week forum took place in October 2016 within the Moscow International Forum ‘Open Innovations’. The business program included 16 subject-matter events involving more than 400 speakers from EAEU and other countries (Vietnam, Singapore, Egypt, South Korea, and countries of the European Union). The Forum was attended by more than 2,000 persons in total.

The Eurasian Week offers:

  • Direct dialog between businesses and national regulators of EAEU countries
  • Secrets of corporate governance and forecasts of economic development from CEOs of leading transnational corporations
  • Representatives of largest business associations and development institutes of Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Armenia, and Kyrgyzstan on one platform
  • A platform where businesses interact, new partners and new markets are sought: 2,000 participants from more than 20 countries worldwide
  • A subcontracting exchange and a real chance to become a provider for largest production companies of EAEU countries
  • An interactive demonstration of the export potential or the Union's member states: more than 300 participating companies and a unique opportunity to invite any of the exhibitors to a one-on-one meeting right on the Forum's platform
  • An educational program and information about all changes in customs legislation, the goods certification and marking system, rules of the game in common markets
  • An opportunity to attend EXPO 2017, one of the largest global exhibitions of this year

To participate in the Eurasian Week, register on the forum's website for free.

We will be happy to answer your questions:
Tel.: +7 (495) 320 8140
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OAS Private Sector Forum

Save the Date for the Private Sector Forum of the Americas on the margins of the OAS General Assembly - "Reforms for a Booming Private Sector in the Americas: Creating the Jobs of the Future", to be held at the Moon Palace Hotel in Cancun, Mexico on June 19th 2017

CCAA Advances Discussions on US-Caribbean Strategic Engagement at 2017 Spring Meetings

March 27, 2017 | PRESS RELEASE

Washington, DC –
The “United States-Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act” (H.R.4939) was signed into law on December 16, 2016.  On March 21 & 22, Caribbean Central American Action (CCAA) brought the passage and implementation of the law into focus with a series of events in Washington, DC.

On March 21st, CCAA members presented awards to the authors of the legislation, Representatives Eliot L. Engel (D-NY) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), for their long-standing commitment to the region. In her remarks, Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen said: “Alongside my friend Eliot Engel, I was proud to play a role as the lead Republican cosponsor of the U.S.-Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act which became law last year. This new law requires the State Department to develop a strategy to partner with our Caribbean neighbors on everything from counter-narcotics to energy security, and to broaden our outreach to the Caribbean diaspora community in the United States.”

Highlighting the role of the Caribbean Diaspora, the Congresswoman added: “As someone who represents South Florida and a large number of Caribbean-Americans, I know that part of what makes our community so unique is in no small part thanks to the influence of the Caribbean diaspora. Deepening our strategic relationship with the Caribbean represents an extraordinary opportunity to expand our economic ties, cooperate on security issues, and advance our values and interests.”

Congressman Engel underscored his commitment to advancing the dialogue: “Let’s build on the momentum of our legislation’s passage and use it as a starting point for enhanced engagement with the Caribbean in the years ahead.  Here in Congress, I will continue to do all I can to push U.S.–Caribbean relations to the front of the U.S. foreign policy agenda.  And I ask that you all continue to be strong partners in this effort.  Keep up the energy and the pressure so that we build these relationships into everything we know they can become.”

CCAA brought its resources to the table to do just that during a day-long series of off-the-record meetings on March 22nd, when stakeholders from the U.S. Government, the Caribbean Diplomatic Corps, multilateral institutions, the Diaspora, and the private sector, debated issues influencing the U.S.-Caribbean dynamic and how H.R.4939 could shape the relationships going forward.

Throughout the day, participants not only drew attention to the geographic, economic, political, and cultural ties, shared by the U.S. and the Caribbean, but also to how the legislation harnesses attention on the engagement when there is pressure being exerted on regional economies, and at the same time, the geo-political landscape is shifting in Europe, the Americas, and beyond.  CCAA’s Executive Director, Sally Yearwood, emphasized the importance of this dialogue as the Executive Branch works to develop the strategy for engagement: “H.R.4939 gives the Caribbean an opportunity to build and strengthen partnerships, and it is encouraging to see diplomats and industry leaders, legislators and academics, getting together to drive a conversation on common issues and interests. Our goal is to help sustain this dialogue.”  Discussions at the meetings focused on the broad issues of business and policy considerations under H.R.4939, as well as on economic issues (trade, tourism, energy, and financial services), security issues (crime, trafficking, and border controls), and social investment priorities (education and health).

CCAA member companies, Seaboard Marine and Squire Patton Boggs (USA), sponsored the two day event.

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Invitation PrintPromotion Conference

The European Business Chamber in Trinidad and Tobago invites the printing and packaging industries to attend a free conference being hosted by PrintPromotion GmbH of Germany in Port of Spain, Trinidad on the 27 March 2017 at La Boucan, Hilton Trinidad and Conference Centre from 9.00 am to 3.00 pm.   The theme of the conference is 'High-tech for the Printing Industry from German Manufacturers - Getting ready for the future'.

Innovation and technology upgrades are key elements for increasing competitiveness among our manufacturers, commercial and industrial suppliers in the Caribbean region and the printing and packaging industry is no different.  Furthermore, this industry impacts a large range of manufactured goods for exports as printing and packaging has a direct impact on the marketability of products.

The conference will not only be a learning experience for the industry but will also offer the industry the opportunity for establishing partnerships and for networking with German technology suppliers.   This all supports the principles behind the CARIFORUM- EU Economic Partnership Agreement in a practical way.

Similar one day conferences for this region are scheduled as follows:

21st March 2017 - Cuba

23rd March 2017 - Dominican Republic

27th March 2017 - Trinidad and Tobago

29th March 2017 - Costa Rica

31st March 2017 – Guatemala

The host, PrintPromotion: a non-profit organization that promotes the printing and paper converting industry by establishing a network, exchanging experience and spreading know-how. All activities are carried out in close co-operation with the world-wide leading German manufacturers of printing and paper technology. PrintPromotion forms part of the printing and paper technology group within the VDMA (German engineering association).  Member companies  are manufacturers of printing, paper and converting machinery. 

Attendance is free but all participants must pre-register. To register, please send the following information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.:

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Stacy Cox to lead Society of Hotel Association Executives

MIAMI (March 13, 2017) - Seasoned hotel industry professional Stacy Cox is the new president of the Caribbean Society of Hotel Association Executives (CSHAE).

Cox was recently appointed to the leadership position during board meetings that preceded the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association's (CHTA) annual Caribbean Travel Marketplace event in The Bahamas.

CSHAE is an independent organization aimed at advancing professional development and strengthening networking among Caribbean hotel and tourism association executives.

Cox, who has served as the Executive Director of The Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association (TCHTA) since September 2011, is a native of The Bahamas and a citizen of the Turks and Caicos Islands. She has amassed more than 20 years of hospitality experience in both destinations.

As Executive Director, she represents the membership of TCHTA on matters affecting the tourism and hospitality industry, both locally and internationally, including advocacy issues and marketing initiatives, which help build a sustainable tourism product through awareness, outreach and educational programs.

"To be elected by my counterparts throughout the Caribbean for such a role speaks volumes and I am truly honored," said Cox, who promised she will not take the role lightly. She looks forward to continuing her advocacy efforts for local members, while "taking our collective voice to CHTA, with the hope of having our issues addressed at the top of the regional association's agenda."

"It is a blessing to have Stacy in this leadership role," said Director General and CEO of CHTA Frank Comito. "She has been a model member of this group for several years and we always look forward to her wise counsel and enthusiastic, solutions-driven approach to addressing challenges for our members. She leads by example and has done outstanding work in her role with the TCHTA," he added.

Cox began her hospitality career as an activity coordinator in 1991 at what is now the world-famous Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas, and quickly moved her way up the ranks, receiving the coveted "Cacique" award prior to leaving her island home.

In 1997, she moved to the Turks and Caicos Islands, where she held general manager positions at Windsong Resort and Royal West Indies Resort.

The hospitality professional is committed to the advancement of the tourism industry and believes that education and awareness of opportunities within the sector are critical in the region. "One of my first tasks as President of CSHAE is to meet with the team to determine how we can better raise the profile of the Society and to identify networking and developmental opportunities for all Associations," she said.

Cox volunteers her time to organizations and events such as Youth Explosion, Maskanoo, TCI Shines Clean-up Campaign and TCI Little Chefs. She has also served on various executive boards, including TCHTA, Turks and Caicos Tourist Board, Turks and Caicos Animal Welfare Committee, CHTA, CSHAE, Junior Achievement Turks & Caicos Islands, and The Salvation Army.

An advocate of continuing education, she has furthered her own professional development through online courses at Cornell University and the American Hotel & Lodging Association.

Cox's favorite motto is "Living with purpose, because of the promise". She regularly mentors young women, especially those in the hospitality industry.

About the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA)
The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) is the Caribbean's leading association representing tourism interests for national hotel and tourism associations. For more than 50 years, CHTA has been the backbone of the Caribbean hospitality industry. Working together with 1,000 hotel and allied members and 32 National Hotel Associations, CHTA is shaping the Caribbean's future and helping members to grow their businesses. Whether navigating new worlds like social media, sustainability, legislative issues, emerging technologies, data and intelligence or looking for avenues and ideas to better market and manage businesses, CHTA is helping members on matters that matter most.

For further information, visit

Source: Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA)

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2017 USTR Trade Policy Agenda and 2017 Annual Report Summary


As required by the Trade Act of 1974, the Trump Administration released on March 2, 2017 its 2017 Trade Policy Agenda and 2016 Annual Report. As noted in the introduction, the trade policy agenda piece of the report is much shorter than is typical in large part because the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has not yet been confirmed. The introduction also cites the statute creating the Office of the USTR, emphasizing that the USTR will “act as the principal spokesman of the President on international trade,” clearly acknowledging the USTR’s authority over trade policy.

The report notes both overall purposes of U.S. trade policy and identifies key objectives, which it identifies as the following:

“Ensuring that U.S. workers and businesses have a fair opportunity to compete for business – both in the domestic U.S. market and in other key markets around the world.

  • Breaking down unfair trade barriers in other markets that block U.S. exports, including exports of agricultural goods
  • Maintaining a balanced policy that looks out for the interests of all segments of the U.S. economy, including manufacturing, agriculture, and services, as well as small businesses and entrepreneurs.
  • Ensuring that U.S. owners of intellectual property (IP) have a full and fair opportunity to use and profit from their IP.
  • Strictly enforcing U.S. trade laws to prevent the U.S. market from being distorted by dumped and/or subsidized imports that harm domestic industries and workers.
  • Enforcing labor provisions in existing agreements and enforcing the prohibition against the importation and sale of goods made with forced labor.
  • Resisting efforts by other countries – or Members of international bodies like the World Trade Organization (WTO) – to advance interpretations that would weaken the rights and benefits of, or increase the obligations under, the various trade agreements to which the United States is a party.
  • Updating current trade agreements as necessary to reflect changing times and market conditions.
  • Ensuring that United States trade policy contributes to the economic strength and manufacturing base necessary to maintain – and improve – our national security.
  • Strongly advocating for all U.S. workers, farmers, ranchers, services providers, and businesses, large and small – to assure the fairest possible treatment of American interests in the U.S. market and in other markets around the world.”

The Trade Policy Agenda is notably different in substance compared to similar reports from past administrations, with its heavy focus on sovereignty and the lack of significant positive mentions of how trade agreements have opened up markets to spur greater opportunities. The review of 2016 activities is also much slimmer and less positive about the use of existing trade mechanisms and the international rules based architecture.

The Report outlines for major priorities for the new Administration:

(1) defend US national sovereignty over trade policy

(2) strictly enforce US trade laws

(3) use all possible sources of leverage to encourage other countries to open their markets to U.S. exports of goods and services, and provide adequate and effective protection and enforcement of US intellectual property rights

(4) negotiate new and better trade deals with countries in key markets around the world.

On negotiating new trade agreements, the Report reiterates President’s Trump (TPP) preference for negotiating bilateral deals and signals that high on the list will be the countries in the TPP that do not already have trade pacts with the United States.  The President’s decision to withdraw the United States from the TPP has paved the way for bilateral deals with those countries, the report says.

The Administration also intends to review – and where needed – renegotiate existing US trade deals. It singles out the North American Free Trade Agreement and the US bilateral trade deal with South Korea as trade agreements that have not benefitted country, only leading to big trade deficits.

Notably, the report makes no mention of initiating consultations on a renegotiation of NAFTA. It notes that it is reviewing TTIP. On TPP, it notes the administration’s early action to remove formally the United States from the TPP, but also indicates that it has “begun consultations related to bilateral discussions with our trading partners in the region.”

The Trump Administration is questioning the authority of the WTO Dispute Settlement Body and is prepared to disregard any rulings it believes challenge US sovereignty, according to President’s the annual Trade Policy Agenda released yesterday. “The Trump Administration will aggressively defend American sovereignty over matters of trade policy,” the report declares. The White House will not accept WTO rulings that impede its ability to address unfair trade practices. The report also suggests that the WTO has not always been successful in disciplining other countries that fail to live up to their obligations.

The Report reiterates President’s Trump preference for negotiating bilateral deals and signals that high on the list will be the countries in the TransPacific Partnership that do not already have trade agreements with the United States. The President’s decision to withdraw the United States from TPP has paved the way for bilateral deals with those countries, the report says.

New Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told his department’s employees yesterday that they will be playing a key role in renegotiating “bad trade deals like NAFTA.” The current trade system has “gutted” US manufacturing, he said. He seems en route to becoming the locus of trade power in the Administration but we still await USTR Robert Lighthizer confirmation and the entire “balance of forces” with National Trade Council (NTC) Director Peter Navarro in the White House.

The Report also pledges that the Administration will be more aggressive in tackling unfair trade practices, including by self-initiating trade remedy cases.

Of note on NAFTA:

•         Section I, The President’s Trade Policy Agenda: A key objective will be “updating current trade agreements as necessary to reflect changing times and market conditions.” [Page 2]

•         Section I, The President’s Trade Policy Agenda: “There are significant reasons to be concerned with other major agreements as well. For years now, the United States has run trade deficits in goods with our trading partners in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). In 2016, for example, our combined trade deficit in goods with Canada and Mexico was more than $74 billion. As long ago as 2008, both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton called for the United States to renegotiate NAFTA – and to withdraw from NAFTA if such renegotiations were unsuccessful.” [Page 6]

•         Section III, Bilateral and Regional Negotiations and Agreements: Overview and general updates on NAFTA. [Page 128]


•         Statement of House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady and Trade Subcommittee Chairman Dave Reichert.

•         Statement of House Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Richard Neal and Trade Subcommittee Ranking Member Bill Pascrell, Jr.

•         Statement of Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden


The Summary Review is courtesy Manchester Trade Limited Inc in Washington, DC, US/Latin America trade/investment and business advisors to CAIC and partner firm to DYKON Developments.

CARICOM prepares positions on imminent UN oceans agreement

Senior environment officials from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) met recently in Belize as CARICOM rationalises its position on the United Nations (UN) process to establish an international legally binding agreement on sustainable use of marine resources.

The two-day workshop held 20-22 February 2017, in Belize City, Belize, was titled, ‘CARICOM Regional Workshop on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biological Diversity beyond Areas of National Jurisdiction’.

Foreign Minister of Belize, the Hon. Wilfred Elrington, addressing the opening, said that CARICOM Member States had championed the negotiation and adoption of the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Seas (UNCLOS), which was opened for signature in Jamaica. He also reminded that when the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea was constituted, two CARICOM citizens – Edward Laing of Belize and Dolliver Nelson of Grenada, joined the ranks of the first 21 Members of the Tribunal.

“Judge Laing and Judge Nelson are no longer with us, but they, together with other key jurists from our Region, including the sitting Judge Anthony Amos Lucky of Trinidad and Tobago, have left a legacy on the international stage that is definitive of our Region’s commitment to uphold the law of the sea.

“We have now been called upon to address an area of the law of the sea that has not been adequately provided for in the UNCLOS, whether for want of scientific knowledge, implementation, or as a result of governance and legal gaps,” he said.

For CARICOM, he noted, the implementation of this agreement was the only feasible option to ensure that developing countries and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in particular, benefited equitably from the conservation, sustainable use and exploitation of areas beyond national jurisdiction.

Critically, he said, the agreement presented an opportunity to strengthen the Convention and to help States with the implementation of provisions of UNCLOS relating to resources which would not have been contemplated to be the exclusive domain of any State, however large and industrialised.

Minister Elrington told the gathering of regional experts in the legal field, in fisheries, environment and international relations that it was critical for the meeting to identify the essential elements for a new implementing agreement, taking into account regional interests, the Community’s contributions to the conservation and sustainable use of marine resources and potential benefits to be secured in such an agreement.

The Hon. Dr. Omar Figueroa, Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Climate Change, also addressed the meeting noting that the wide range of expertise gathered at the meeting reflected the complexity of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction.

This multi-sectoral approach was necessary, he said, to address the complexities of the issue. He urged the participants to use the platform for knowledge-building, sharing and networking, and to establish a solid foundation upon which the CARICOM could formulate well-informed positions.

The meeting engaged in technical discussions on the proposed Implementing Agreement under the United Nations Law of the Sea on Biodiversity beyond National Jurisdiction. It identified areas for further study and research for the Region to enhance its participation in the preparatory process. It also identified key actions to be taken at the national and regional level ahead of the next Preparatory meeting of the United Nations scheduled for March 27th to 7th April 2017.


Courtesy: CARICOM Today

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