These are some of the major trade and development headlines and analysis across the Caribbean region and the world for the week of October 23-29, 2016.
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Dominican Republic and Cuba negotiate trade agreement
Sunday Express (T&T): The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) says it is helping thousands of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) do business with Canada. Read more
US abstains on UN resolution to end embargo against Cuba
Jamaica Observer: The United States yesterday abstained from a United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) vote on a resolution calling for an end to the decade’s old trade embargo it has imposed on Cuba, a move being regarded as an improvement in relations between the two countries. Read more
CETA: EU and Canada to sign long-delayed free trade deal
BBC: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is finally on his way to Belgium to sign a long-delayed landmark trade deal with the European Union.He will attend a summit in Brussels where a signing ceremony planned for Thursday was cancelled after a Belgian region vetoed the agreement. Read more
Policy Prescriptions: Trump and Clinton on trade
CTV News: Donald Trump wants to blow up the way the United States does business with the rest of the world. Hillary Clinton repudiates an ambitious Asia-Pacific trade deal she once praised and vows to appoint a special prosecutor to keep U.S. trading partners in line.Read more
AGOA Non-Oil trade with Africa grows from $1.4bn to 4.1bn – US Official
Ghana Business News: Non-oil trade between African countries and the US under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) is said to have grown from $1.4 billion in 2001 to $4.1 billion in 2015. Read more
Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Deal Doomed, ex-PM Brian Mulroney predicts
Former prime minister Brian Mulroney says the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal is doomed to fail because of hostility in the U.S. Congress and widespread antipathy to trade initiatives in general.Read more
Trade Agreements Under Attack: Can they be salvaged and is it worth it?
Huffington Post: Part of the current anti-globalization backlash in advanced countries takes the form of opposition to trade agreements.Read more
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Alicia Nicholls, B.Sc., M.Sc., LL.B. is a trade and development consultant with a keen interest in sustainable development, international law and trade. You can also read more of her commentaries and follow her on Twitter @LicyLaw.