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CARIFORUM States concluded an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with Europe, a longstanding and important
trading partner, in order to base their trade relations on WTO-compatible rules. In the process their goal was to also transform
their trade relationship, into one that is more predictable and consistent with the requirements of a modern trading
Through their participation in the EPA negotiation process, CARIFORUM countries have carved some of the space they
need to adjust to the challenges of trade liberalization. In addition, CARIFORUM States have been able to secure new
opportunities for the development of businesses, jobs and their economies.
The EPA is, however, a long and comprehensive agreement.
This publication: “The EPA at a Glance”, was developed by the Information Unit of the Caribbean Regional Negotiating Machinery (CRNM), to provide a synopsis of the EPA. It is our hope that the document will provide information in a concise and accessible way, and help you, our valued stakeholders to
have a better understanding about the Agreement.
Should you require additional information about the EPA, please visit our website at www.crnm.org