Caribbean Trade & Development Digest – January 28 – February 3, 2018

Welcome to the Caribbean Trade and Development Digest for the week of January 28- February 3, 2018! We are pleased to share some of the major trade and development headlines and analysis across the Caribbean region and the World. We hope you enjoy this edition.

REGIONAL

Caribbean Integration Too Slow, Too Weak – High-Ranking EU Diplomat Cautions Region Against Segmented Trade Market

Jamaica Gleaner: The region’s attempt at integrating into a single market is taking too long and the progress is moving too slowly, Director-General of the European Commission’s Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development Stefano Manservisi has charged. Read more 

Some CARICOM Countries To Benefit From PAHO Agreement

Jamaica Gleaner: Seven Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries are to benefit from a new multi-country strategy for technical cooperation in health through 2024. Read more 

INTERNATIONAL

23 African nations sign major aviation trade agreement

ENCA: Africans have for years paid sky-high airfares when travelling within the continent but a major aviation trade agreement launched Monday by the African Union aims to change that. Read more 

Trump stance on Korea-US free trade agreement softening

Asia Times: Observers are optimistic the Trump administration will take a pragmatic approach to renegotiating KORUS, partly due to national security considerations. Read more 

WTO members discuss how to organize work on fisheries subsidies negotiations after MC11

WTO: WTO members meeting as the Negotiating Group on Rules on 30 January discussed how to organize work on fisheries subsidies to fulfil the 11th Ministerial Conference (MC11) decision to continue negotiations with a view to adopting an agreement by the next Ministerial Conference in 2019.  Read more 

Russia initiates WTO compliance proceedings over pig products import restrictions

WTO: The Russian Federation has requested WTO consultations with the European Union to address Russia’s claim that it has complied with a WTO ruling regarding its import restrictions on live pigs, pork and other pig products from the European Union. The request was circulated to WTO members on 30 January. Read more 

UAE initiates WTO complaint against Pakistan over film duties

WTO: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has requested WTO consultations with Pakistan concerning certain anti-dumping measures on imports of biaxially oriented polypropylene (“BOPP”) film from the UAE. The request was circulated to WTO members on 29 January. Read more 

European Commission’s new expert group on EU trade agreements holds first meeting

EU: The European Commission’s new expert group on EU trade agreements held its first meeting today in Brussels. Read more 

European Commission imposes measures on cast iron products from China

EU: The Commission has today imposed definitive anti-dumping duties on iron castings from China. The measures range from 15.5% to 38.1%. Read more 

Joint communique from Ghana-EU Interim EPA Committee 

EU: The first meeting of the EPA Committee under the Interim Economic Partnership
Agreement (IEPA) between Ghana and the EU was held in Accra, Ghana on 24 January
2018. Read more 

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