December 4, 2023

Caribbean Trade and Development News Digest – April 16-22, 2023

Welcome to our Caribbean Trade and Development News Digest covering the week of April 16-22, 2023! We are pleased to bring you the major trade and development news headlines and analysis from across the Caribbean Region and the world from the past week. We do hope you enjoy this week’s edition!

What’s new on the blog? This week’s blog piece differs a bit from our usual trade-related content but focuses on a topic which is very much en vogue at the moment in the region, that is, diaspora voting. Should the Caribbean diaspora vote in national elections back home? My co-author Kevon Edey of KevzPolitics and I discuss this. Have a read here!


Foreign ministers from CARICOM and India met this week for the 4th CARICOM-India Ministerial Meeting. The remarks from Jamaica Foreign Minister Kamina Johnson Smith may be read here. Caribbean Export held its 2nd Annual Results Report this week. The report may be accessed here.

Foreign ministers from The OECS Business Council (OBC) and the Caricom Private Sector Organization (CPSO) have entered into a new cooperation agreement in the form of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). See more here:


CARICOM to further deepen relations with India

Jamaica Gleaner: Incoming chair of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) Council on Foreign and Community Relations, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith says she remains confident that Friday’s discussions between India and Caricom officials “will be fruitful and reflect the spirit of cooperation that defines Caricom-India relations”. Read more

uS$2 billion fuel bill stokes record trade deficit

Jamaica Observer: The Statistical Institute of Jamaica (Statin) in its latest release on the country’s external trade position show total imports reached US$7.1 billion over the 11 months, January to November 2022, up 31 per cent. The value of exports rose as well, going up 23 per cent to US$1.6 billion, as fuel shipped to other countries was valued twice as much as the year before. Read more


How implementation committees are moving the African free trade area from talks to action

WEF: A fully implemented African Continental Free Trade Area would transform economies, raise African gross domestic product by 9% and reduce poverty by 50 million. It could also be a catalyst for further changes and attract investment from within Africa and beyond. Read more

AfCFTA: Remove visas, reduce customs process to ease logistics

East African: The umbrella bodies of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) private sector have called for the removal of visas and reduction of custom processes to ease movement of goods within the African continent. Read more

Germany backs EU-Indonesia trade pact to curb China reliance

AP: German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Sunday that he will press for a trade agreement between the European Union and Indonesia as part of his country’s efforts to reduce its reliance on China for crucial raw materials. Read more

UK Trade Minister in US to sign fourth trade pact with a US state Nigel Huddleston is in Washington to deepen UK-US trade ties and secure two wins that will boost jobs, investment and exports across the Atlantic. Read more

US-led Pacific Framework might see results this year: USTR

Nikkei: Talks to hammer out the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF) are making “very good progress,” and could see tangible results as early as this year, U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai said Thursday. Read more



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The Caribbean Trade Law and Development Blog is owned and was founded by Alicia Nicholls, B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. (Dist.), LL.B. (Hons), a Caribbean-based trade and development consultant. She writes and presents regularly on trade and development matters affecting the Caribbean and other small states. You can follow her on Twitter @LicyLaw. All views expressed on this Blog are Alicia's personal views and do NOT necessarily reflect the views of any institution or entity with which she may from time to time be affiliated.

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