MEETING OF OFFICIALS PREPARATORY TO THE FORTY–EIGHTH MEETING OF THE

COUNCIL FOR TRADE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (COTED)

 GEORGETOWN, GUYANA, 11-12 APRIL 2019

 

AND

 

FORTY–EIGHTH MEETING OF THE COUNCIL FOR TRADE AND ECONOMIC

DEVELOPMENT (COTED) GEORGETOWN, GUYANA, 29-30 APRIL 2019

 

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ADMINISTRATIVE DOCUMENTATION

 

Savingram No. 151 dated 25 March 2019 - Meeting of Officials Preparatory to the Forty-Eighth Meeting of the Council for Trade Economic Development (COTED), Georgetown, Guyana, 11-12 April 2019

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  Attachment I to Savingram No. 151 - Draft Agenda   Acrobat PDF
  Attachment II to Savingram No. 151 - Draft Annotated Agenda   Acrobat PDF
  Attachment III to Savingram No. 151 - Specimen - Instrument of Full Powers Word  
  Attachment IV to Savingram No. 151 - Compendium of  Recommended Hotels   Acrobat PDF
  Draft Agenda - 10 April 2019   Acrobat PDF

DOCUMENTATION

 

1.      OPENING

   
 

2.      ADOPTION OF AGENDA

   
 

3.      PROCEDURAL MATTERS

   
 

4.      IMPLEMENTATION OF THE CARICOM SINGLE MARKET AND ECONOMY (CSME):

 

         4.1    Implementation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME):

             Review of the Agreed Implementation Plan for the CSME including Challenges

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  Attachment I to COTED 2019/48/4.1   Acrobat PDF
  Attachment II to COTED 2019/48/4.1   Acrobat PDF
  Attachment III to COTED 2019/48/4.1   Acrobat PDF
  Attachment IV to COTED 2019/48/4.1   Acrobat PDF
           4.2    CSME Administrative Procedures   Acrobat PDF
 

         4.3    Priorities for CSME Programme of Work and Status of Agreed           

                  Implementation Actions for 2019

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  Attachment I to COTED 2019/48/4.3   Excel
  Attachment II to COTED 2019/48/4.3   Acrobat PDF
 

5.      TRADE IN GOODS:

 

         5.1    Common External Tariff (CET)

 

        5.1.1    Report by the Secretary-General on the Grant of Suspension of the CET    

                    under Paragraph 4 of the Protocol Amending Article 83 of the Revised    

                    Treaty

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  Attachment I to COTED 2019/48/5.1.1   Acrobat PDF
  Attachment II to COTED 2019/48/5.1.1   Acrobat PDF
 

      5.1.2     Requests from Member States for Suspension of the CET Pursuant to Step 3

                   of the Revised Procedures agreed to by the Council for Trade and Economic

                   Development (COTED)

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  Attachment to COTED 2019/48/5.1.2   Acrobat PDF
 

      5.1.3     Requests for Suspension of the CET submitted to the COTED by Member  

                   States

 

      5.1.3    (i)  Proposal by the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago for the  

                       Suspension of the CET on a List of Public Health Supplies to Prevent the

                       Spread of Mosquito Bourne Diseases (Requested by Trinidad and Tobago)

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       5.1.3    (ii)  Proposal by the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago for the

                         Suspension of the CET on a Virgin Olive Oil (HS 1509.10.00) and Canola Oil

                         (HS 1514.19.00)(Requested by Trinidad and Tobago) 

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       5.1.3    (iii) Suspension of the CET on Lithium-Ion Battery (HS CODE 8507.60) for the

                         period 1 May 2019 to 30 April 2022 (Requested by Jamaica)

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  Attachment to COTED 2019/48/5.1.3 (iii)   Acrobat PDF
 

       5.1.4    Treatment of Requests for Suspensions Not Granted by the COTED due to  a     

                   Member State’s Indicating its ability to Supply and Subsequently Indicating its  

                   Inability to Supply

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       5.2       Rules of Origin

 

       5.2.1    Report by the Secretary-General on the Grant of Certificates under the

                   Safeguard Mechanism in accordance with Paragraphs 3-7 of Article 84 –                   Community Rules of Origin – of the Revised Treaty

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  Attachment I to COTED 2019/48/5.2.1   Acrobat PDF
  Attachment II to COTED 2019/48/5.2.1   Acrobat PDF
 

      5.2.2     Draft Procedure to be followed for changing Product-Specific Rules of

                   Origin in the Community’s Rules of Origin Regime, taking into account

                  available production technologies and best practices

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  Attachment  to COTED 2019/48/5.2.2   Acrobat PDF
         5.3       Matters Relating to Agriculture    
 

                   5.3.1    Draft Policy for Trade of Animals and Animal Products in CARICOM

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         5.4      Update on Consultancy on the Review of the CET and Rules of Origin   Acrobat PDF
 

       5.5      Removal of Condensed Milk and other Evaporated Milk from List A of the 

                  CET  and for the addition of the said items to the CET’s List of ineligibles

                  (Requested by Jamaica)

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  Attachment  to COTED 2019/48/5.5   Acrobat PDF
 

       5.6     Report of the Special Meeting of the Conference on Oils and Fats, in

                 accordance   with Paragraphs 10 and 11 of Schedule III of the Revised Treaty

                 of Chaguaramas

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       5.7     Updates from Member States on a Ban on Styrofoam and Select “single-

                 use” Plastics by all Member States

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       5.8     Update on the Extension of Article 164 Treatment for Sensitive CARICOM  

                 Less Developed Countries (LDCs) Industries

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  Attachment  to COTED 2019/48/5.8   Acrobat PDF
 

       5.9     Report of the Strategic Working Group on Alcoholic Beverage Products

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  Attachment  to COTED 2019/48/5.9   Acrobat PDF
 

      5.10   Adjustment in the CET Arrangements for Cement and Clinker Imports into

                Jamaica

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       5.11  Consideration of the Soap Manufacturing Process in Accordance with the

                Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas and Other Related Issues

                (Requested by Dominica)

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  Appendix  to COTED 2019/48/5.11   Acrobat PDF
  Attachment  to COTED 2019/48/5.11   Acrobat PDF
 

6.     NON-COMPLIANCE WITH PROVISIONS OF THE REVISED TREATY AND DECISIONS

        OF THE COTED:

 

        6.1       Matters Relating to Goods

 

       6.1.1    Update from St. Kitts and Nevis on the Reinstatement of the CET on           

                   the Remaining Items on its Family Shopping List of items

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  Attachment I to COTED 2019/48/6.1.1   Acrobat PDF
  Attachment II to COTED 2019/48/6.1.1   Acrobat PDF
  Attachment III to COTED 2019/48/6.1.1   Acrobat PDF
  Attachment IV  to COTED 2019/48/6.1.1   Acrobat PDF
 

       6.1.2    Update from Suriname on its Investigation of the Suspension of the CET on

                   Various Household Item

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  Attachment  to COTED 2019/48/6.1.2   Acrobat PDF
         6.1.3    Update on the Reinstating of the 40% CET on Soaps   Acrobat PDF
         6.1.4    Market Access for Honey into Trinidad and Tobago:    
 

                   (i)    Submission by Trinidad and Tobago on the Reasons it could not use its

                           Caribbean Community Act to Facilitate the Importation or

                          Transhipment of Honey as an Interim Measure to Address the Breach.

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  Attachment  to COTED 2019/48/6.1.4   Acrobat PDF
         6.2       Free Movement of CARICOM Nationals   Acrobat PDF
 

7.    EXTERNAL ECONOMIC AND TRADE RELATIONS:

       7.1       Update on Future Trade Relations with the United Kingdom, Post Brexit

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       7.2       Update on the Implementation of the Trade Facilitation Agreement

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         7.3       Request from Ecuador for a Possible Trade Agreement with CARICOM   Acrobat PDF
         7.4       Roll out of work on World Trade Organization (WTO) Issues   Acrobat PDF
 

       7.5       Preparations for Engagement with Costa Rica on Proposal to Improve          

                   Market  Access for Products Excluded from Tariff Elimination

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  Attachment I to COTED 2019/48/7.5   Excel
  Attachment II to COTED 2019/48/7.5   Excel
 

       7.6     Plans for the Convening of the Eighth Meeting of the Caribbean Community-                 United States Trade and Investment Council (CARICOM-USTIC)

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  Attachment  to COTED 2019/48/7.6   Acrobat PDF
 

      7.7    Developments Related to the Extension of the United States-Caribbean

               Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBTPA)

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  Attachment  to COTED 2019/48/7.7   Acrobat PDF
 

      7.8    Proposal by Colombia for the Convening of the CARICOM-Colombia Joint 

               Council on Trade, Economic and Business Cooperation

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  Attachment 1 (a) to COTED 2019/48/7.8   Acrobat PDF
  Attachment 1 (b) to COTED 2019/48/7.8   Acrobat PDF
 

8.    STANDARDS:

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          8.1     Standards for Approval
 

                  (I)   Final Draft CARICOM Regional Standard FDCRS 59: 201X Energy             

                         Labelling – Air Conditioners – Requirements

 

                  (II)   Final Draft CARICOM Regional Standard FDCRS 62: 201X Processed        

                         Foods – Brown Sugar – Specification

  Attachment  I to COTED 2019/48/8.1   Acrobat PDF
  Attachment II to COTED 2019/48/8.1   Acrobat PDF
  Attachment III to COTED 2019/48/8.1   Acrobat PDF
 

9.    UPDATE ON THE OPERATIONS OF THE CARICOM DEVELOPMENT FUND (CDF):

   
 

        9.1       Draft CARICOM Cohesion Policy

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  Attachment  to COTED 2019/48/9.1   Acrobat PDF
  10.   IMPLEMENTATION AND PROGRAMMING OF EDF FUNDS:

        10.1     Status Report on the 10th EDF CRIP

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        10.2     Status Report on the 11th EDF CRIP

 
  Attachment  I to COTED 2019/48/10.1 and 10.2   Acrobat PDF
  Attachment II to COTED 2019/48/10.1 and 10.2   Acrobat PDF
  11.   AGENDA FOR THE MINISTERIAL SESSION OF THE COTED    
  12.   ANY OTHER BUSINESS    

BACKGROUND DOCUMENTATION

  Extending Article 164 Treatment for Sensitive CARICOM LDC Industries   Acrobat PDF
  Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas - French  

French

  Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas - Spanish  

Spanish

  Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas  

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