Caribbean News Now!

About Us Contact Us


Jump to your country or territory of interest

Advertise with us

Reach our daily visitors from around the Caribbean and throughout the world. Click here for rates and placements.


Submit news and opinion for publication


Click here to receive our daily regional news headlines by email.


Click here to browse our extensive archives going back to 2004

Also, for the convenience of our readers and the online community generally, we have reproduced the complete Caribbean Net News archives from 2004 to 2010 here.

Climate Change Watch

The Caribbean is especially vulnerable to rising sea levels brought about by global warming. Read the latest news and information here...

Follow Caribbean News Now on Twitter
Connect with Caribbean News Now on Linkedin

News from the Caribbean:

Back To Today's News

OECS and CARICOM member states to prepare for WTO meeting
Published on September 10, 2013 Email To Friend    Print Version

CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Senior trade officials from the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and wider Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states will meet in Saint Lucia on September 10-11 to prepare for ninth meeting of WTO trade ministers in Bali, Indonesia, scheduled for December 3-6, 2013.

The members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) have been engaged in negotiations on the Doha Development Agenda since it was launched in November 2001. The last twelve years of negotiations have yielded limited success and the DDA has been on the brink of failure on more than one occasion. However, the region has registered major achievements in the recognition of special and differential treatment for small vulnerable economies across negotiating issues including, inter alia, agriculture, non-agricultural market access, services and subsidies.

CARICOM officials will decide on the strategy that ministers will be advised to pursue in the negotiations in Bali. The meeting will focus its attention on a cluster of issues including the draft trade agreement on trade facilitation, agriculture and development issues, as well as the future work programme of the WTO after the December meeting.

The region's interests lie in advancing the development focussed work of the WTO and ensuring that the potential benefits of trade liberalization are accessed by regional firms.

Also at stake is the future of the multilateral trading system, which includes a binding dispute settlement mechanism that provides small developing countries with a forum for challenging the policies of larger developed countries.

Funding for this activity has been provided by the ACP-MTS Programme, and EU funded project designed to support ACP participation in the multilateral trading system.
Reads: 8624

Click here to receive daily news headlines from Caribbean News Now!



No comments on this topic yet. Be the first one to submit a comment.


Send us your comments!  

Send us your comments on this article. All fields are required.

For your contribution to reach us, you must (a) provide a valid e-mail address and (b) click on the validation link that will be sent to the e-mail address you provide.  If the address is not valid or you don't click on the validation link, we will never see it!

Your Name:

Your Email:

(Validation required)

Enter Code

Please note that, if you are using an AT&T domain email address, e.g.,,, the verification email will likely not be delivered. This is outside of our control and the only remedy seems to be for readers to complain to AT&T

User comments posted on this website are the sole views and opinions of the comment author and are not representative of Caribbean News Now or its staff. Caribbean News Now accepts no liability and will not be held accountable for user comments.
Caribbean News Now reserves the right to remove, edit or censor any comments. Any content that is considered unsuitable, unlawful or offensive, includes personal details, advertises or promotes products, services or websites or repeats previous comments will not be approved.
Before posting, please refer to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Other Headlines:

Regional Sports: