(CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown,
Guyana) Officials with responsibility for
Trade in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Monday
morning began deliberations in preparation for the
Thirty-First Ministerial Meeting of the Council for
Trade and Economic Development (COTED) which opens
in Georgetown 2 December 2010.
Trade Ministers have on the agenda of their
two-day meeting a wide range of issues including
those related to the CARICOM Single Market and
Economy (CSME), Agricultural Trade, Trade in Goods
and External Economic and Trade Relations.
Among the matters the Meeting will consider under
Agricultural Trade, are a proposal by Haiti for
non-reciprocal preferential access to the regional
market for some goods for a period of three years,
and an update on the Caribbean Agricultural Health
and Food Safety Agency (CAHFSA) which was launched
in Suriname earlier this year.
The COTED will discuss developments related to
the CARICOM-United States Trade and Investment
Framework Agreement (TIFA) as well as the CARIFORUM-EC
Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). With regard to
the latter, deliberations will centre on the
activities that have been undertaken to implement
Other issues Ministers will pay attention to
include Services, a permanent headquarters for the
Caribbean Aviation safety and Security Oversight
System (CASSOS) and matters related to the
Inter-Governmental Task Force for Treaty Revision.