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This session will contextualize focus on the shift in the nature of trade relationship between CARIFORUM and the European Union with the signature of the EPA. In particular, it will address issues related to WTO compatibility, Reciprocity, Regional Integration, Most Favoured Nation Treatment, National Treatment, The New Emphasis on Services and Investment, Development Cooperation, and Trade Related Issues particularly Intellectual Property.
This session also seeks to discuss market access opportunities in services within the EU Market available to local businesses, paying particular attention to the services sector committed by Antigua and Barbuda, including but not limited to financial services, tourism, telecommunication services, marine services and transport, professional services, cultural services, health and wellness and construction services. This discussion should also include the required preparatory steps to be taken by local businesses to access markets under Mode 1 – Cross Border Supply and Mode 4 – Temporary Movement of Persons, as well as identify common non-tariff barriers that exist within the EU market.