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E. Bryan - Possible Future Prospects For CARICOM-US Relations

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This presentation illustrates some of the issues within the Caribbean Region that are now being grappled with by the new Obama administration.

This presentation illustrates some of the issues within the Caribbean Region that are now being grappled with by the new Obama administration.

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  • 1. The Obama Administration Possible prospects for US-Caribbean Relations
  • 2. Issues • Security: Narcotics, Immigration & Homeland Defence • Trade • Tax havens • Cuba • Haiti • Regional/ Hemispheric Issues
  • 3. Security: Narcotics, Immigration & Homeland Defence • Decertification Scheme (DR, Haiti, & Jamaica) • US ShipRider Agreement, 1996 (sovereignty – Barbados, Jamaica), • Western Hemispheric Travel Initiative (tourism) • Deportee problem (Bridgetown Accord, 1997 – link between trade, economic development, security & prosperity)
  • 4. Trade • Free Trade and WTO Rules (Internet Gambling decisions, Banana Dispute) Neoliberal out look • CBI (CBERA/CBTPA) (“CARICOM accounts for 1/5 of US trade,” Thomas McLarty, Clinton Admin.) • FTAA (Stalled due to issues with “smallness”) • CAFTA-DR and CARICOM-DR and the proposed US- CARICOM Bilateral • Protectionism (outsourcing, Congressional Approval, and DNC)
  • 5. Tax Havens • OECD Report: “Harmful Tax Competition: An Emerging Global issue”, 1998 (Blacklist) • G20 London Summit (no voice from the small states, hence the UN summit in June 2009) • Candidate Obama supported regulation of OFCs
  • 6. Cuba • Unrestricted travel, aid by Cuban-Americans to Cuba (still restricts non-natural persons and non-nationals) • Possible end to Embargo and normalizing relations • Re-admission into the OAS Activities
  • 7. Haiti • Wet foot/ Dry foot policy for Haitian Boat People (30, 000 up for deportation Q1 2009) • HOPE II (unilateral trade agreement – includes textiles) • Assistance to Haiti (USD 324m, but more is needed)
  • 8. Regional/ Hemispheric Issues • Challenge to US hegemony: ALBA, PetroCaribe, China & Russia • Special Envoy for the Caribbean • US-CARICOM Summit Dialogue • No regional summit to discuss concept paper by CARICOM • Drowning out of the Caribbean Position by LA • 5th SOA – No Plan, but listening exercise
  • 9. Questions
  • 10. Thank You Contact: Emerson O. Bryan Information & Document Management Officer Caribbean Regional Negotiating Machinery emerson.bryan@crnm.org Tel: +1246 259 9222 Fax: +1246 228 9528