EPA TECHNICAL WORKSHOPANTIGUA & BARBUDAMARCH 10-11 2011
Caribbean Export Development Agency• Caribbean Export is the Regional Trade and Investment  Promotion Agency• Formally est...
EPA IMPLEMENTATION1) Firms and entrepreneurs have the capacity to take   advantage of the new trade regime offered under  ...
EPA DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION PROVISIONS1) The EPA builds on the Development provisions   of the Cotonou Agreement which wil...
EPA DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION PROVISIONS1) Building human, legal and institutional   capacity2) Promotion of private sector ...
EPA DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION PROVISIONS              (SERVICES)1) Improving access to market intelligence2) Improving the e...
9th EDF CARIBBEAN TRADE & PRIVATE SECTOR        DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME1) 9th EDF package aimed at improving the   competiti...
9th EDF CARIBBEAN TRADE & PRIVATE SECTOR        DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME1) Increased competitiveness of firms through market ...
Highlights of the 9th CTPSDP• Over 1,400 persons trained in 54 activities covering all  CARIFORUM States, Martinique, Guad...
Global Activities by Work Programme Area                     Global Benefits                                       Trainin...
Data Evaluated by Country Groupings (2010)       Antigua       Total Benefits to Member States   Belize Dominican         ...
Direct Assistance to Sectors and/or Industries                        Tourism                           Retail            ...
Direct Assistance to Sectors and/or Industries              Professional    Retail      Agriculture       Agro-Processing ...
10th   EDF REGIONAL TRADE & PRIVATE SECTOR            DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMETotal Value €28.3M  –   Enhancing competitivene...
Enhancing Competitiveness and Innovation  –   Regional Investment Promotion Strategy developed  –   IPAs and the Caribbean...
Promoting Trade and Export Development–   Regional Trade and Market Intelligence system developed–   Regional Export Strat...
Promoting Trade and Investment with            FCORs and OCTs–    Knowledge of respective trade and investment laws and   ...
Promoting Trade and Investment with        FCORs and OCTs       EPA AWARENESS &                               INFORMATION ...
Promoting Trade and Investment between CARICOM and the Dominican Republic– Knowledge of respective trade and investment la...
10th RPSDP EDF Activities–   Direct Assistance to SME’s and BSO’s–   Support in the implementation of trade related agreem...
Other Activities Being Implemented in 2011 – Design Caribbean – October 2011- Dominican Republic – CartFund Supported proj...
CONTACT:            CARLOS WHARTON            Senior Trade Policy Advisor            cwharton@carib-export.comThank You
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This session will review the development cooperation provisions of the EPA Agreement and examine the role of the institutions charged with the responsibility of the provision of development assistance. This discussion should emphasize the need for strategic planning when requesting assistance or cooperation and the importance of technical assistance utilized for capacity building.

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Development Cooperation - Caribbean Export - Carlos Wharton - Senior Trade Policy Advisor

  1. 1. EPA TECHNICAL WORKSHOPANTIGUA & BARBUDAMARCH 10-11 2011
  2. 2. Caribbean Export Development Agency• Caribbean Export is the Regional Trade and Investment Promotion Agency• Formally established on January 01, 1996• Intergovernmental Agreement signed by 15 CARIFORUM States• Head Office is located in Barbados• Sub –regional Office is located in the Dominican Republic• Antigua & Barbuda Board Member is Amb. Colin Murdoch
  3. 3. EPA IMPLEMENTATION1) Firms and entrepreneurs have the capacity to take advantage of the new trade regime offered under the EPA (and by extension all other bilateral and multilateral trade agreements)2) Government agencies (such as customs) are equipped with tools and human resources to monitor, regulate and evaluate trade flows and patterns3) Ensure that the necessary regulatory framework accommodate new commitments taken with the various trade instruments
  4. 4. EPA DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION PROVISIONS1) The EPA builds on the Development provisions of the Cotonou Agreement which will remain in effect until 2020 (Article 2).2) Development cooperation provisions covered in Part One of the EPA (Articles 1-8) as well as in the other Titles of the Agreement
  5. 5. EPA DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION PROVISIONS1) Building human, legal and institutional capacity2) Promotion of private sector enterprise development3) Diversification of exports4) Enhancing technological and research capabilities5) Development of Innovation systems
  6. 6. EPA DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION PROVISIONS (SERVICES)1) Improving access to market intelligence2) Improving the export capacity of service suppliers3) Promoting Investment and Joint ventures between service suppliers4) Facilitating dialogue between CARIFORUM and EC Service Suppliers
  7. 7. 9th EDF CARIBBEAN TRADE & PRIVATE SECTOR DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME1) 9th EDF package aimed at improving the competitiveness of CARIFORUM Firms2) Phase II of the CTPSDP ended on 31.12.103) Total Value of Phase II was approx. €6.5M4) The main objective of the Programme was to support CARIFORUM firms so as to enable them successfully trade in a global environment
  8. 8. 9th EDF CARIBBEAN TRADE & PRIVATE SECTOR DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME1) Increased competitiveness of firms through market expansion and export diversification support2) A vibrant Caribbean Business and Investment Support Network with Strengthened Business and Support Organisations3) Greater Cooperation Between the CARIFORUM Business Sector and that of the FCOR and OCT4) Improvement of the Regulatory Environment for Private Sector Development
  9. 9. Highlights of the 9th CTPSDP• Over 1,400 persons trained in 54 activities covering all CARIFORUM States, Martinique, Guadeloupe and Curacao, Select EU Member States;• 198 SMEs and BSOs received grants for a total value of €2,649,954 covering all 15 CARIFORUM States;• Creation and/or strengthening of regional networks in: Music, Audiovisual, Fashion, Architects, Engineers, Health and Wellness, Universities, Management Consultants, & Information and Communications Technologies;• 5 New Markets explored for Caribbean products• 46 BSOs directly assisted outside the grant programme
  10. 10. Global Activities by Work Programme Area Global Benefits Training at National Level 5% 12% 34% Participation in Regional /Extra-regional Activities Direct Assistance Scheme 44% Host Country Benefits 5% Consultancy (s) Awarded to Nationals
  11. 11. Data Evaluated by Country Groupings (2010) Antigua Total Benefits to Member States Belize Dominican and 2% Republic Barbuda Dominica 4% Bahamas 1% FCORs/OCTs Barbados 2% 1% 2% Non-Caribbean 13% Grenada 16% Trinidad 3% and Tobago Guyana 9% 1% Haiti Suriname 0% 2% Jamaica St. Vincent 35% and the Grenadines St. 5% St. Kitts Lucia and Nevis 4% 2%
  12. 12. Direct Assistance to Sectors and/or Industries Tourism Retail Professional Services Mining Manufacturing ICT Health & Wellness Creative Industries Business Support Organisations Automotive Apiculture Agro-Processing Agriculture 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50
  13. 13. Direct Assistance to Sectors and/or Industries Professional Retail Agriculture Agro-Processing Services 1% Tourism 3% 19% 14% 3% Mining Apiculture 0% Manufacturing 8% 22% ICT Creative Automotive Health & 1% 5% Industries Wellness 14% Business 6% Support Organisations 4%
  14. 14. 10th EDF REGIONAL TRADE & PRIVATE SECTOR DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMETotal Value €28.3M – Enhancing competitiveness and promoting innovation among CARIFORUM’s private sector – Promoting trade and export development among CARIFORUM States – Promoting stronger trade and investment relations between CARIFORUM, FCOR and EU OCTs – Promoting stronger trade and investment relations between CARICOM and the Dominican Republic – Strengthening the institutional capacity of Caribbean Export
  15. 15. Enhancing Competitiveness and Innovation – Regional Investment Promotion Strategy developed – IPAs and the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (CAIPA) strengthened – Export and export ready firms provided with financial assistance – Participation in Expo on periphery of London Olympics – Creation of Caribbean Exporter of the Year Award – Inner City Program for export development and entrepreneurship – High potential niche sectors strengthened – Develop a regional strategic framework to foster innovation
  16. 16. Promoting Trade and Export Development– Regional Trade and Market Intelligence system developed– Regional Export Strategy drafted and promoted– Caribbean Economic Outlook publication and information portal launched– Knowledge of bilateral, regional, and international trade agreements by the private sector increased– Increased understanding and utilization of IPR as a trade development tool by governments and private sector– Capacity of BSOs to provide wider range and quality of services strengthened– Formal establishment and operationalization of the CARIFORUM-EU Business Forum.
  17. 17. Promoting Trade and Investment with FCORs and OCTs– Knowledge of respective trade and investment laws and regulations increased.– Export opportunities among CARIFORUM/FCORS/OCTs identified and exploited.– Operations of the Joint CARIFORUM/FCORS/OCTs Task Force on Trade and Investment continued
  18. 18. Promoting Trade and Investment with FCORs and OCTs EPA AWARENESS & INFORMATION EXCHANGE DIRECT ASSISTANCE & PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT FCOR COOPERATION TRADE PROMOTION EDF/ERDF Task Force MARKET INTELLGENCE On Trade & Investment COOPERATION TRADE PROMOTION OCT MARKET INTELLIGENCE INFORMATION EXCHANGE DIRECT ASSISTANCE & PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
  19. 19. Promoting Trade and Investment between CARICOM and the Dominican Republic– Knowledge of respective trade and investment laws and regulations increased– Export opportunities between CARICOM/DR identified and exploited– Operations of the CARICOM/DR Forum continued
  20. 20. 10th RPSDP EDF Activities– Direct Assistance to SME’s and BSO’s– Support in the implementation of trade related agreements– Promoting Investment via the strengthening of CAIPA– Support to Priority Sectors– Capacity building via training, workshops, seminars…– Supporting networks and exchange of best practices– Quality enhancement and promotion of standards– Business Intelligence Support– Market intelligence– Commercial missions and trade shows– Enhancing the regulatory framework via public private sector dialogue, studies, surveys...
  21. 21. Other Activities Being Implemented in 2011 – Design Caribbean – October 2011- Dominican Republic – CartFund Supported projects: • Agro-processing – Specialty Food Diagnostic and Strategy Study to increase the use of an evidence-based approach in the development of the regional specialty food sector – Promotion of CARIFORUM Specialty Food Products to increase the capacity of specialty food enterprises to penetrate new markets • Spa and Wellness – Market Research and Strategy Development for improving the capability of the sector in CARIFORUM – Marketing and Promotion with a view to raising the Caribbean’s international H& W profile – Standards Development for improved quality of goods and services
  22. 22. CONTACT: CARLOS WHARTON Senior Trade Policy Advisor cwharton@carib-export.comThank You
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