THIRTY-NINTH Meeting

of the

COUNCIL FOR TRADE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (COTED)

       

Georgetown, guyana

3-7 NOVEMBER 2014

 

 

Meeting of Officials - 3-4 November 2014 - Starting at 9:30 hrs

Preparation of Report - 5 November 2014

Ministerial Session - 6-7 November 2014

REGISTER HERE

 

OFFICIALS REPORT

 

1.            OPENING

2.            ADOPTION OF AGENDA

3.            PROCEDURAL MATTERS

 

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ITEM 4 - MINISTERIAL DISCUSSION: STRATEGIC DIRECTION FOR GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT

 

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  Addendum to Agenda Item 4 -  Building Economic Resilience Stabilisation and Sustainable Economic Growth and Development 7/11/14 WORD Version PDF Version
 

Executive Summary  - The Strategic Direction for Growth and Development

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  The Strategic Direction for Growth and Development WORD Version PDF Version

 

ITEM 5 - CARICOM SINGLE MARKET AND ECONOMY (CSME):

 

   
 

5.1         Strengthening the Operation and Effectiveness of the CARICOM Single Market

 

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5.2       Developments Related to Free Movement and Facilitation of Travel (Requested By Jamaica)

 

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5.3      Considerations of Proposals from the OECS on Selected Aspects of the Framework Regional Integration Policy on Public Procurement

 

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ITEM 6 - ENGAGEMENTS WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR:

 

   
 

6.1         Ministerial Discussion:  Consideration of the Recommendations from the Consultancy titled “CARICOM-CARIFORUM Public, Private Sector Dialogue – A Roadmap for Re-engagement

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6.2     Update on Activities Arising out of the Thirty-Eighth COTED’s Special Session with the Private Sector (Requested by Trinidad and Tobago)  

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ITEM 7 - ISSUES AFFECTING TRADE IN AGRICULTURE:

 

   
 

7.1       Conclusions/Decisions of the Fifty-First Special Meeting of the COTED on Agriculture, 10 October 2014, Suriname

 

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7.2       Confiscation of Honey Exported to Trinidad and Tobago (Requested by Grenada)

 

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ITEM 8 - IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SECOND PHASE OF THE OAS PROJECT:  ESTABLISHMENT OF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTRES

 

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ITEM 9 - TRADE IN GOODS:    
 

9.1       Discriminatory Application of the Revenue Replacement Duty on Imported Goods of Community Origin by Belize (Requested by Jamaica)

 

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9.2       Treatment of Goods Produced in or Shipped from Free Zones into the Single Market

 

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9.3       Common External Tariff (CET) –

 

   
 

9.3.1         Revised Form for Requests for Suspension to Implement the Protocol to Amend Article 83

 

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9.3.2         Report of the Secretary-General on the Grant of Suspension of the CET under Paragraph 3 of Article 83 of the Revised Treaty

 

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9.3.3         Requests received by the Secretary-General from Member States for Suspension of the CET to be submitted to the COTED pursuant to Revised Step 3 of the Procedures agreed to by the COTED

 

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                               9.3.4        Requests for Suspension of the CET by Member   

                                                 States –

 

   
 

9.3.4.1      Trinidad and Tobago -

 

   
 

(i)            Proposal for the suspension of the CET on Frozen French Fries of tariff heading 2004.10.90 for the period 1 January 2015 – 31 December 2015, to apply a 5% CET rate; and

 

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(ii)         Proposal for the suspension of the CET on Sulphonic Acid of tariff heading 2904.10.10 for the period 1 January 2015-31 December 2016

 

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  9.3.4.2      Grenada –

 

   
 

Request for Suspension/Reduction of the CET on List of basic Food Items of Various Tariff Headings for the Period 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2016

 

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9.3.5   Update on Trinidad and Tobago’s Proposal to Realign its Tariff Lines of the CET in Accordance with Obligations Under the World Trade OrganiSation Agreement (Requested by Trinidad and Tobago)

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9.4       Rules of Origin – Report of the Secretary-General on the Grant of Certificates under the Safeguard Mechanism, Paragraphs 3-7 of Article 84, Community Rules of Origin of the Revised Treaty

 

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9.5     Update on Trade in Sugar (Requested by Saint Lucia)

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9.6        Notification of a List of Items Urgently required by Antigua and Barbuda for Post Tropical Storm Gonzalo Recovery and Reconstruction (Requested by Antigua and Barbuda)

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9.7        Belize’s Interest in Market Access for Poultry Meat and Beef in the Market of Trinidad and Tobago (Requested by Belize)

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ITEM 10 - EXTERNAL ECONOMIC AND TRADE RELATIONS:

   

 

10.1        Ministerial Discussion:  Developments Related to the Negotiations for a CARICOM-Canada Trade and Development Agreement

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10.2       Report on and matters arising from the Eighth Meeting of the CARICOM-Cuba Joint Commission (Havana, Cuba, 30 September–2 October 2014)

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10.3      Consideration of the Outcome of the Sixth Meeting of the CARICOM-United States Trade and Investment Council (The Bahamas, 28 October 2014)    

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10.4     Status of the Process of Certification of the Partial Scope Trade Agreement between the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and the Republic of Guatemala (Requested by Trinidad and Tobago)

 

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10.5      Proposal for the Convening of the CARICOM-Costa Rica Joint Council (Requested by Trinidad and Tobago)

 

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  ITEM 11 -  STATUS OF THE 10TH AND 11TH EDF PROGRAMMES WORD Version PDF Version

 

ITEM 12 - UPDATE ON THE REPLENISHMENT OF THE CARICOM DEVELOPMENT FUND (CDF) CAPITAL FUND

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ITEM 13 - CARICOM  COMPETITION COMMISSION (CCC):

   

 

                   13.1    2015 Work Programme and Budget

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                                   13.2    Report on the CCC’s Financial Statement for 2013

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                   13.3    Proposed Amendments to Articles 168–183 of Chapter VIII of the   

                               Revised Treaty

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                   13.4    Community Competition Policy

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                   13.5   An Optimal Model of Cross-Border Consumer Protection and   

                              Enforcement for CARICOM

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ITEM 14 - CARIBBEAN REGIONAL ORGANISATION FOR STANDARDS AND QUALITY (CROSQ):

   
 

                   14.1  Approval of Standards -

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(i)           Code of Practice for Organic Production and Processing – FDCRCP 09

 

   
 

                                (ii)           Specification for Cement – FDCRS 54

   

 

                   14.2  Operating Budget and Work Plan – 2015/2016

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                   14.3  Proposed Amendment to the Inter-Governmental Agreement  

                             Establishing the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and

                             Quality (CROSQ)

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  ITEM 15 - PROJECT PROPOSAL FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE CARIBBEAN CENTRE FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY (CREEE) WORD Version PDF Version
 

ITEM 16 - DATE OF THE FORTIETH MEETING OF THE COTED

 

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ITEM 17 - ANY OTHER BUSINESS:

 

   
 

   17.1           Expression of Appreciation 7/11/14

  

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WORKING DOCUMENT

 

Working Document - Cover and Content Page31/10/14

 

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1.            OPENING

2.            ADOPTION OF AGENDA

3.            PROCEDURAL MATTERS

 

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ITEM 4 - MINISTERIAL DISCUSSION: STRATEGIC DIRECTION FOR GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT

 

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ITEM 5 - CARICOM SINGLE MARKET AND ECONOMY (CSME):

 

 

 

 

5.1         Strengthening the Operation and Effectiveness of the CARICOM Single Market

 

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Attachment I to Item 5.1 - Best Practices Report for CARICOM Secretariat

 

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Attachment II to Item 5.1 - List of Amendments Prepared under the CARICOM Trade and Competitiveness Project (CTCP)

 

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5.2       Developments Related to Free Movement and Facilitation of Travel (Requested By Jamaica)

31/10/14

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  Addendum to Agenda Item 5.2 - Developments Related to Free Movement and Facilitation of Travel WORD Version PDF Version
 

Attachment I to Addendum to Agenda Item 5.2 - [2013] CCJ 3 (OJ) - CCJ Application No. OA 002 of 2012 Between SHANIQUE MYRIE (Claimant) and THE STATE OF BARBADOS (Defendant) and THE STATE OF JAMAICA (Intervener) THE COURT

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  Attachment II to Addendum to Agenda Item 5.2 - Common ED Card   PDF Version
 

Attachment III to Addendum to Agenda Item 5.2 - CARICOM Complaints Procedure

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Attachment IV to Addendum to Agenda Item 5.2 - Clarification on the Immigration Status of CARICOM Skilled Nationals

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  Attachment V to Addendum to Agenda Item 5.2 - CARICOM Qualifications Framework   PDF Version
  Attachment VI to Addendum to Agenda Item 5.2 - International Standard Classification of Occupations   PDF Version
 

5.3      Considerations of Proposals from the OECS on Selected Aspects of the Framework Regional Integration Policy on Public Procurement

 

   
 

ITEM 6 - ENGAGEMENTS WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR:

 

   
 

6.1         Consideration of the Recommendations from the Consultancy titled “CARICOM-CARIFORUM Public, Private Sector Dialogue – A Roadmap for Re-engagement”

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  Attachment to Item 6.1 - CARICOM/Cariforum Public-Private Sector Dialogue: A Road Map for Re-Engagment   PDF Version
 

6.2     Update on Activities Arising out of the Thirty-Eighth COTED’s Special Session with the Private Sector (Requested by Trinidad and Tobago)   2 November 2014

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  Attachment to Item 6.2 - Draft Report of the Special Session of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) WORD Version PDF Version

 

ITEM 7 - ISSUES AFFECTING TRADE IN AGRICULTURE

 

 

 

 

7.1       Conclusions/Decisions of the Fifty-First Special Meeting of the COTED on Agriculture, 10 October 2014, Suriname

4 November 2014

 

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7.2       Confiscation of Honey Exported to Trinidad and Tobago (Requested by Grenada)

4 November 2014

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ITEM 8 - IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SECOND PHASE OF THE OAS PROJECT:  ESTABLISHMENT OF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTRES

 

 

 

 

8.1       Consideration of and Recommendations on the Draft Regional Policy for MSMEs

 

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  Attachment to Item 8.1 - Implementation of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Model for Saint Lucia 2 November 2014 WORD Version PDF Version
 

Attachment to Item 8.1 - Interim Draft Regional MSME Policy - Draft 1   

 (For Information)

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ITEM 9 - TRADE IN GOODS:

 

 

 

9.1       Discriminatory Application of the Revenue Replacement Duty on Imported Goods of Community Origin by Belize (Requested by Jamaica)

 

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Addendum to Agenda Item 9.1 - Jamaica Submission on the Revenue Replacement Duty (RRD)

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9.2       Treatment of Goods Produced in or Shipped from Free Zones into the Single Market

 

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9.3       Common External Tariff (CET) –

 

   
 

9.3.1         Revised Form for Requests for Suspension to Implement the Protocol to Amend Article 83

 

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9.3.2         Report of the Secretary-General on the Grant of Suspension of the CET under Paragraph 3 of Article 83 of the Revised Treaty

 

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9.3.3         Requests received by the Secretary-General from Member States for Suspension of the CET to be submitted to the COTED pursuant to Revised Step 3 of the Procedures agreed to by the COTED

 

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                               9.3.4        Requests for Suspension of the CET by Member   

                                                 States –

 

   
 

9.3.4.1      Trinidad and Tobago -

 

   
 

(i)            Proposal for the suspension of the CET on Frozen French Fries of tariff heading 2004.10.90 for the period 1 January 2015 – 31 December 2015, to apply a 5% CET rate; and

 

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(ii)         Proposal for the suspension of the CET on Sulphonic Acid of tariff heading 2904.10.10 for the period 1 January 2015-31 December 2016

 

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  9.3.4.2      Grenada –

 

   
 

Request for Suspension/Reduction of the CET on List of basic Food Items of Various Tariff Headings for the Period 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2016

 

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9.3.5   Update on Trinidad and Tobago’s Proposal to Realign its Tariff Lines of the CET in Accordance with Obligations Under the World Trade OrganiSation Agreement (Requested by Trinidad and Tobago)

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9.4       Rules of Origin – Report of the Secretary-General on the Grant of Certificates under the Safeguard Mechanism, Paragraphs 3-7 of Article 84, Community Rules of Origin of the Revised Treaty

 

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9.5     Update on Trade in Sugar (Requested by Saint Lucia)

   
 

9.6        Notification of a List of Items Urgently required by Antigua and Barbuda for Post Tropical Storm Gonzalo Recovery and Reconstruction (Requested by Antigua and Barbuda)

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9.7        Belize’s Interest in Market Access for Poultry Meat and Beef in the Market of Trinidad and Tobago (Requested by Belize)

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ITEM 10 - EXTERNAL ECONOMIC AND TRADE RELATIONS:

   

 

10.1          Developments Related to the Negotiations for a CARICOM-Canada Trade and Development Agreement

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Addendum to Agenda Item 10.1 - Recommendations for a CARICOM Closing Package for Re-Engaging Canada in the Negotiations for a Trade and Development Agreement 2 November 2014

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Attachment I to Item 10.1 - Summary of Positions of Member States on the Outstanding Issues in the CARICOM-Canada Negotiations Pertaining to Trade in Services and Investment

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Attachment II to Item 10.1 - Summary of Positions of Member States on the Trade in Goods Elements Of Canada’s Proposal for an Agreement in Principle (AIP)

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10.2       Report on and matters arising from the Eighth Meeting of the CARICOM-Cuba Joint Commission (Havana, Cuba, 30 September–2 October 2014)

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Attachment I to Item 10.2 - Minutes of the Eighth Meeting of the Joint Commission under the Trade and Economic Cooperation Agreement (TECA) between the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Republic of Cuba

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Attachment II to Item 10.2 - List of Products on which Cuba is Offering Additional Preferential Access to CARICOM

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Attachment III to Item 10.2 - Rules of Procedure of the Joint Commission under the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) – Cuba Trade and Economic Cooperation Agreement

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10.3      Consideration of the Outcome of the Sixth Meeting of the CARICOM-United States Trade and Investment Council (The Bahamas, 28 October 2014)    

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10.4     Status of the Process of Certification of the Partial Scope Trade Agreement between the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and the Republic of Guatemala (Requested by Trinidad and Tobago)

 

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10.5      Proposal for the Convening of the CARICOM-Costa Rica Joint Council (Requested by Trinidad and Tobago)

 

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  ITEM 11 -  STATUS OF THE 10TH AND 11TH EDF PROGRAMMES WORD Version PDF Version

 

ITEM 12 - UPDATE ON THE REPLENISHMENT OF THE CARICOM DEVELOPMENT FUND (CDF) CAPITAL FUND

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ITEM 13 - CARICOM  COMPETITION COMMISSION (CCC):

 

 

 

                   13.1    2015 Work Programme and Budget

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  Attachment I to Item 13.1 - Review of 2014 Work Programme WORD Version PDF Version
  Attachment II to Item 13.1 - Performance of 2014 Budget   PDF Version

 

                                   13.2    Report on the CCC’s Financial Statement for 2013

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  Attachment to Item 13.2 - CARICOM Competition Commission Report on the Financial Statements for 2013   PDF Version

 

                   13.3    Proposed Amendments to Articles 168–183 of Chapter VIII of the   

                               Revised Treaty

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  Attachment I to Item 13.3 - CCC Review and Assessment of Articles 168-183 of Chapter VII of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas WORD Version PDF Version
  Attachment II to Item 13.3 - Proposed Amendments by CCC of Articles 168-183 of Chapter VII of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas WORD Version PDF Version

 

                   13.4    Community Competition Policy –

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Attachment I to Item 13.4 - Fining Guidelines for CCC in Competition Matters

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 Attachment II to Item 13.4 - Model Rules of Procedure

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Attachment III to Item 13.4 - CCC Internal Guidance to Staff on the Administrative Procedures for the assessment and Investigation of  Competition Complaints                                                         

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                   13.5   An Optimal Model of Cross-Border Consumer Protection and   

                              Enforcement for CARICOM

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  Attachment to Item 13.5 -  Cross-Border Enforcement of Consumer Protection Matters; Finding an Optimal Model for CARICOM WORD Version PDF Version

 

ITEM 14 - CARIBBEAN REGIONAL ORGANISATION FOR STANDARDS AND QUALITY (CROSQ):

 

 

 

                   14.1  Approval of Standards -

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(i)           Code of Practice for Organic Production and Processing – FDCRCP 09

 

 

 

 

                                (ii)           Specification for Cement – FDCRS 54

 

 

 

Attachment I to Item 14.1 - Code of Practice for Organic Production and Processing - CRCP 09: 201X

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  Attachment II to Item 14.1 - Specification for Cement - DCRS 54:20xx   PDF Version

 

                   14.2  Operating Budget and Work Plan – 2015/2016

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Attachment to Item 14.2 - Budget Proposal 2014-2015 for the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ)

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                   14.3  Proposed Amendment to the Inter-Governmental Agreement  

                             Establishing the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and

                             Quality (CROSQ)

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Addendum to Agenda Item 14.3 - Note by the Secretariat

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  Attachment I to Item 14.3 - Protocol to the Agreement Establishing the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) WORD Version PDF Version
  Attachment II to Item 14.3 - Protocol to the Agreement Establishing the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) to Provide for Corporate Membership and a Chief Executive Officer   PDF Version
  ITEM 15 - PROJECT PROPOSAL FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE CARIBBEAN CENTRE FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY (CREEE) WORD Version PDF Version
 

Attachment I to Item 15 - Start-Up and First Operational Phase of the  Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE)

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  Attachment II to Item 15 - SIDS DOCK-UNIDO Validation Workshop on the Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency WORD Version PDF Version
 

ITEM 16 - DATE OF THE FORTIETH MEETING OF THE COTED

 

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ITEM 17 - ANY OTHER BUSINESS:

 

   

ADMINISTRATIVE DOCUMENTATION

  Savingram No. 709/2014 dated 2 October 2014 - Thirty-Ninth Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development, Georgetown, Guyana, 3-7 November 2014 (Convening)   PDF Version
  Attachment to Savingram No. 709/2014 - Hotel Rates WORD Version PDF Version
  Savingram No. 753/2014 dated 15 October 2014 - Thirty-Ninth Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development, Georgetown, Guyana, 3-7 November 2014 (Documentation and Administrative Arrangements) WORD Version PDF Version
  Attachment I to Savingram No. 753/2014 - Provisional Agenda WORD Version PDF Version
  Attachment II to Savingram No. 753/2014 - Annotated Provisional Agenda WORD Version PDF Version
 

Revised Provisional Agenda - 31/10/14

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  Programme of Work  31/10/14 WORD Version PDF Version

BACKGROUND DOCUMENTATION

  Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas   PDF Version
  Summary of Recommendations and Conclusions of the Thirty-Eighth Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development, Georgetown, Guyana,  9-10 May 2014 22/10/14 WORD Version PDF Version
 

Agreement Establishing the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ)

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