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Third Meeting of the Joint CARIFORUM-EU Council

Hon. Oliver Joseph (left), Commissioner Cecilia Malmström (center), Minister Asselborn (right)

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Joint Communiqué - Third Meeting of the Joint CARIFORUM-EU Council

The Third Meeting of the Joint CARIFORUM-European Union (EU) Council under the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) was held in Guyana on 16 July 2015 under the Chairmanship of the Hon. Oliver Joseph, Minister of Economic Development, Planning, Trade, Cooperatives and International Business of Grenada.


Several CARIFORUM States were represented at the Ministerial level. The EU was represented by Mr. Jean Asselborn, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Luxembourg representing the Council of the European Union, and Mrs. Cecilia Malmström, Commissioner for Trade, European Commission.


The Meeting marked the first political engagement, between CARIFORUM and the EU, on the Joint CARIFORUM-EU Five Year Review of the EPA provided for in the Joint Declaration on The Signing of the CARIFORUM-EU EPA. Accordingly, the Meeting placed strong emphasis on the Five Year Review. Read more

Five Year Review of the CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement - Joint Working Document (14 July 2015)


Hon. Oliver Joseph addresses the Opening Ceremony of the Third Meeting of the Joint CARIFORUM-EU Council

Mrs. Cecilia Malmström, Commissioner for Trade, European Commission: Opening Speech to the Third Meeting of the Joint CARIFORUM-EU Council

H.E. Mr. Jean Asselborn, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg: Opening Speech to the Third Meeting of the Joint CARIFORUM-EU Council

 

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Opening Ceremony: Third Meeting of the Joint CARIFORUM-EU Council

Press Conference: Third Meeting of the Joint CARIFORUM-EU Council

Photographs of Press Conference: Third Meeting of the Joint CARIFORUM-EU Council

   
Interviews in the margins of the Third Meeting of the Joint CARIFORUM-EU Council
   
   

Mr. Percival Marie, Director-General, CARIFORUM

Hon. Oliver Joseph, Minister of Economic Development, Planning, Trade, Cooperatives and International Business of Grenada

H.E. Dr. Clarence Henry - Ambassador to CARICOM and National Authorizing Officer in the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Commerce of Antigua and Barbuda

 


EPA Capacity-Building Project Launched

The Honourable Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Guyana and the current Chair of CARIFORUM: Feature Speaker at the Launch Ceremony for the Capacity-building Project

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat-based Caribbean Forum of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (CARIFORUM) Directorate, in collaboration with key partners, launched a €3,099,915 Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA)-centered Capacity-building Project, in Georgetown, Guyana on 25 March.

The Project’s specific objective is to contribute to the effective implementation of the CARIFORUM-EU EPA, with particular reference to obligations relating to Competition, Public Procurement and Customs and Trade Facilitation. The Project—funded by the EU—entered into force on 13 December 2014 and has a duration of approximately twenty-seven (27) months. It is being implemented through a Service Contract between CARIFORUM, as the Contracting Authority, and Equinoccio, Compañía de Comercio Exterior, S.L., the Contractor.

The Launch took place at the opening session of a one-day Regional Sensitization Workshop for the Project. Conducted by Equinoccio, the workshop brought together National EPA Coordinators from CARIFORUM States as well as representatives of regional institutions and other Non-State Actors.
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Mr. Percival Marie, Director-General, CARIFORUM Directorate: Remarks at the Launch Ceremony for the Capacity-building Project

Mr. Eugene Petty (Chair of the Launch Ceremony), Project Manager and Director of Development Cooperation, CARIFORUM Directorate

Ambassador Robert Kopecký, Head of Delegation of the European Union to Guyana, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and for the Dutch Overseas Countries and Territories

Mr. Angel Diez, Managing Director of Equinoccio, Compañía de Comercio Exterior, S.L.

Minister Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett and Mr. Percival Marie, in conversation, in the margins of the Launch Ceremony

A section of the audience at the Launch Ceremony




10th EUROPEAN DEVELOPMENT FUND (EDF) CARIBBEAN REGIONAL INDICATIVE PROGRAMME (CRIP) SUPPORT TO CARIFORUM STATES IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE COMMITMENTS UNDERTAKEN UNDER THE CARIFORUM-EUROPEAN UNION (EU) ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT (EPA)


The 10th European Development Fund (EDF) Caribbean Regional Indicative Programme (CRIP), valued at €165 million, provides support to the Region to aid in the implementation of the CARIFORUM-European Union (EU) Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).

Under the CRIP, a €46,500,000 contribution amount has been provided to support interventions in over a half dozen technical areas under the EPA. An additional €28,300,000 has been made available for purposes of the Regional Private Sector Development Programme (RPSDP), which, in part, will contribute to support for EPA implementation.
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