Welcome to the Caribbean Trade & Development News Digest for the week of November 3-9, 2019! We are happy to bring you the major trade and development headlines and analysis from across the Caribbean Region and the world from the past week.

China hosted a WTO Mini Ministerial in Shanghai on November 5th. Jamaica was among the countries which attended. Read more here.

India has opted out of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). Read more

Two high level meetings were held in Barbados this week: An Insurance Colloquium with the theme ‘Insurance in the Age of Climate Change‘ hosted by the Government of Barbados and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the 2019 Caribbean Forum: Regional Transformation for Inclusive and Sustainable Growth hosted by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).

REGIONAL NEWS

Barbados to partner with Suriname for Black Belly Sheep operation

Barbados Advocate: Local agricultural officials are seeking to partner with their counterparts in Suriname, to facilitate a Black Belly Sheep operation which will see land being utilised in that CARICOM country to increase production of our Black Belly Sheep and to build out the full value chain, where the local industry is concerned. Read more

Saint Lucia gets help from Argentina to boost honey production, marketing

IICA: The authorities of Saint Lucia give final touches to the preparations for the next visit of two Argentine experts in the framework of API Caribe, a regional project of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and the government of Argentina to boost the beekeeping industry of the Caribbean nations. Read more

Jamaica Launches Online Investment Guide

JIS: Jamaica has joined 28 other nations, including several Caribbean states, that have developed online investment guides (iGuides). Read more

Holness assures China of Jamaica’s cooperation in economic development

Jamaica Observer: Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday welcomed the opportunity to pair Jamaican minds and aspirations with China’s experience and know-how. Holness said that Jamaica was excited about exploring the possibilities of pairing those assets in areas such as renewable energy, border security, agriculture, health care, and STEM education to achieve sustainability and resilience in its economy. Read more

New age limit on imported vehicles takes effect

Jamaica Observer: The new age limit at which motor vehicles can be imported into the island has taken effect. Read more

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to Export Largest Single Shipment of Livestock to Grenada

OECS: The bilateral agri-export agreement between Grenada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines continues to grow from strength to strength. St. Vincent and the Grenadines is set to export a shipment of 100 heads of cattle and 400 pigs to Grenada on November 17, 2019. Read more

UWITV: The Caribbean/St Vincent election

Watch the recording of the debate here.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

As deadline looms, WTO fish subsidy talks get new Colombian chief

Reuters: World Trade Organization (WTO) member states agreed on Friday to a new chair for talks to end harmful fishing subsidies, though an NGO said it would still take a “Herculean” effort to reach a deal before an end-December deadline. Read more

India, 16 others complain to WTO about EU’s residue limits for pesticides

Hindu Business Line: India and sixteen other countries such as Brazil, Colombia, Argentina and the US have complained at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) against the EU decision to amend its policy on the maximum residue levels (MRLs) for a wide range of pesticides mainly used in the cultivation of citrus fruit and bananas. Read more

Trade and Trade Diversion Effects of United States Tariffs on China

UNCTAD: The study, Trade and Trade Diversion Effects of United States Tariffs on China, shows that the ongoing US-China trade war has resulted in a sharp decline in bilateral trade, higher prices for consumers and trade diversion effects (increased imports from countries not directly involved in the trade war). Read more

East Asia Summit: PM Lee calls on regional leaders to update trade rules to keep up with digital economy

Strait Times: Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday (Nov 4) called on Asean nations and their partners to help write a new rule book on trade to keep up with the rapidly evolving digital economy. Read more

RCEP trade deal can take effect without India, Thailand confirms

Nikkei Asian Review: A historic Asia-Pacific trade pact may come into force without one of the biggest participants — a hesitant India — a top Thai official indicated on Friday. Read more

Passing USMCA by Thanksgiving would be a ‘linchpin’ for global trade, former Trump aide says

CNBC: Congress must approve the United States-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement in order to provide a linchpin for global trade discussions, according to Rick Dearborn, the former White House deputy chief of staff for policy. Read more

India, 30 other nations call to protect WTO appellate body at Shanghai meet

Livemint: India and 30 other countries on Tuesday called for urgently resolving an impasse at the World Trade Organization’s (WTO’s) highest dispute settlement body, which faces being reduced to a one-judge court after 11 December. Read more

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