Regional Co-ordination and ‘Aid For Trade’
measures aimed at liberalizing trade. This sub-section outlines briefly key elements of the CSME and provides an update on their status as at May 2007  Institutional Support Mechanisms The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ): The CCJ was inaugurated in 2005 to handle trade disputes in CARICOM. All member states have signed and ratified the Agreement for the CCJ and all, with the exception of Trinidad and Tobago, have enacted domestic legislation with respect to the Original Jurisdiction of the Court. The Court heard its first case in August 2005, involving a radio station that broadcast calypso songs criticizing the quality of a poultry farmer’s produce. The farmer, who claimed that the negative publicity forced him to close his business, eventually won the case. CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ): CROSQ is the successor to the Caribbean Common Market Standards Council. It was created in 2002 to promote the harmonization of standards to facilitate both regional and international competitiveness. CROSQ serves as the Regional Accreditation Body and as an enquiry, notification and information point for WTO related matters. All member states have signed and ratified the Agreement establishing CROSQ. National Standards Bureaux have also been established in all member states except Montserrat and Suriname. National Competition Authorities: National Competition Bodies have been established in Barbados and Jamaica. St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago have principal Acts but not yet proclaimed. A Regional Competition Commission is to be inaugurated in Suriname in November 2007. Other institutions to be set up include a Regional Accreditation Body and a Caribbean Animal Health and Food Safety Agency. Free Movement of Goods, Services and Persons Tariffs and Non-Tariff Barriers: With a few exceptions, all import duties and discriminatory charges have been removed on goods of CARICOM origin. Remaining unauthorized duties include a revenue replacement duty in Belize on a specific list of goods of Community origin; and environmental levies in Barbados, Belize, Guyana and St. Lucia. Removal of Restrictions to Provision of Services: Legislative and administrative action has been taken by all member states to remove restrictions to the provision of services. However, programmes regarding the provision of transportation services are to be developed. National Coalitions of Service Industries have been established in several countries. Free Movement of Skills: Legislation has been implemented in all member states to facilitate the movement of university graduates, artistes, media workers, musicians and sports persons. However, Antigua and Barbuda is still to proclaim legislation to provide free movement for these categories of workers. Persons who can now move freely throughout the region include self-employed service providers, entrepreneurs, technical, managerial and supervisory staff, spouses and immediate dependent family members and persons consuming services abroad. Facilitation of Travel: A CARICOM, machine-readable passport has been introduced in Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Kitts
Published on Sep 14, 2007
Published on Sep 14, 2007
this report was prepared by the integration and trade sector (int) as a contribution to the regional meeting on mobilizing aid for trade: la...