FORTY–EIGHTH MEETING OF THE COUNCIL FOR TRADE AND ECONOMIC

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

(MINISTERIAL SESSION)

 

 

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ADMINISTRATIVE DOCUMENTATION

  Draft Agenda (Ministerial Session) Acrobat PDF
     
     
DOCUMENTATION
  1.      OPENING Acrobat PDF
  2.      ADOPTION OF AGENDA
  3.      PROCEDURAL MATTERS
 

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

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           4.1.   Review of the Agreed Implementation Plan for the CSME Including Challenges
           4.2    CSME Administrative Procedures Acrobat PDF
 

Attachment to Item 4.2 - Submission by Jamaica on 26 April 2019 in respect of Agenda Item 4.2 – CSME Administrative Procedures – (Comments on the Proposed Procedures to Address Fraudulent Certificates and Non Recognition)

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         4.3    Proposal by the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago for an   

                  Update  on the Caribbean Patent Administration System (Requested by        

                  Trinidad and Tobago)

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          4.4     Priorities for Making the CSME More Effective Acrobat PDF
  Attachment I to Item 4.4 Acrobat PDF
  Attachment II to  Item 4.4 Acrobat PDF
 

5.     TRADE IN GOODS:

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       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

 

      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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        5.1.3    Requests for Suspension of the CET submitted to the COTED by Member States: Acrobat PDF

                  (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)

 

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

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

                            Canola Oil (HS 1514.19.00) (Requested by Trinidad and Tobago)

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                  (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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                  (iv)     Request for Suspension of the CET Submitted to the COTED by

                            Member States (Requested by Suriname)

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

                  a Member State Indicating Ability to Supply and Subsequently Indicating its

                  Inability to Supply

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      5.2.      Rules of Origin

 5.2.1         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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     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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      5.3       Matters Relating to Agriculture

    

      5.3.1   Draft Policy Recommendations 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

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    5.5       Request for the Approval of HS 402.99.10 Condensed Milk to be Added to the    

                “List  of Ineligibles” and the Increase in the Tariff Rate for HS 0402.99.90 – Other:

                 Evaporated Milk (Requested by Jamaica)

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    5.6      Report of the First Meeting of the Conference on Oils and Fats (4 April 2019),

                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 I to Agenda Item 5.8 Acrobat PDF
  Attachment II to Agenda Item 5.8 Acrobat PDF
 

    5.9      Report of the Strategic Working Group on Alcoholic Beverage Products

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Attachment to Item 5.9 - Report of the Strategic Working Group on Alcoholic Beverage Products - Revised Draft Decision

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

               Jamaica (Requested by Jamaica):

              (i)        Addition of Clinker to the List of Commodities Ineligible for Conditional Duty

                      Exemption

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             (ii)   An Alteration/Increase in the CET for Cement and Clinker from the Currently

                     Applied Rate of 15% to Jamaica’s WTO Bound Rate of Duty of 50% on All

                     Imports of Cement and Clinker of Tariff Heading 2523.10.00 and 2523.29.10

                     into Jamaica

 

   5.11    Consideration of the Soap Manufacturing Process in Accordance with the Revised Treaty of

              Chaguaramas and Other Related Issues

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

            COTED:         

           

             6.1       Matters Relating to Goods

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            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

  Attachment to Agenda Item 6.1.1 Acrobat PDF
 

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

                       on Various Household Items

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6.1.3    Update on the Reinstating of the 40% CET on Soaps

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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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          6.2       Free Movement of CARICOM Nationals

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  Attachment to Item 6.2 - Acrobat PDF
 

Submission by Barbados on 26 April 2019 in respect of Agenda Item 6.2 – Free Movement of CARICOM Nationals – Update on Complaint by a Barbadian Skilled National Unable to Access the Skills Regime in Trinidad and Tobago

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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 Acrobat PDF
           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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         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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  Annex I to Item 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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        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 to Item 7.8 Acrobat PDF
 

8.         STANDARDS:

           8.1        Standards for Approval  

          8.1.1   Final Draft CARICOM Regional Standard FDCRS 59: 201X Energy Labelling   – Air

                     Conditioners – Requirements

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         8.1.2      Final Draft CARICOM Regional Standard FDCRS 62: 201X Processed Foods –

                    Brown Sugar – Specification

 

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

             9.1       Draft CARICOM Cohesion Policy

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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
 

11.     CARICOM COMPETITION COMMISSION: COMMUNITY COMPETITION POLICY AND CONSUMER PROTECTION: STATUS OF THE 2019 BUDGET

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12.       RULES OF PROCEDURES

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  Attachment to Item 12 Acrobat PDF
 

13.       ANY OTHER BUSINESS:

 

            13.1     Market Access Issues Associated with the Provision of Professional Services (External Auditing) Across the CSME (Requested by Barbados)

 

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FOR INFORMATION
  Inaugural Issue of the CARICOM Trader Magazine Acrobat PDF
     

 

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

COUNCIL FOR TRADE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (COTED)

 GEORGETOWN, GUYANA, 11-12 APRIL 2019

 

 

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

  Acrobat PDF
  Attachment I to COTED 2019/48/4.3   Excel
  Attachment II to COTED 2019/48/4.3   Acrobat PDF
         4.4     Priorities for Making the CSME More Effective   Acrobat PDF
  Revised Attachment to COTED 2019/48/4.4   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

  Acrobat PDF
  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)

  Acrobat PDF
  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)

  Acrobat PDF
 

       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) 

  Acrobat PDF
 

       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
 

        5.1.3    (iv) Request for Suspension of the CET submitted to the COTED by

                          Member States (Requested by Suriname)

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  Attachment to COTED 2019/48/5.1.3 (iv)   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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        5.1.4    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

                    REVISED DRAFT DECISION

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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

  Acrobat PDF
  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

  Acrobat PDF
  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

  Acrobat PDF
         5.4      Update on Consultancy on the Review of the CET and Rules of Origin   Acrobat PDF
                    CARICOM_CET Rules of Origin (ROO) - Final Report   Acrobat PDF
                    Annex A CET_Proposed_FIN_Draft2   Excel
                    Annex B CARICOM ROOs V20   Excel
 

       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

  Acrobat PDF
 

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

                 use” Plastics by all Member States

  Acrobat PDF
 

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

                 Less Developed Countries (LDCs) Industries

  Acrobat PDF
  Attachment  to COTED 2019/48/5.8   Acrobat PDF
  Addendum I to Attachment to COTED 2019/48/5.8   Acrobat PDF
  Addendum II to Attachment to COTED 2019/48/5.8   Acrobat PDF
  Addendum III to Attachment to COTED 2019/48/5.8   Acrobat PDF
  Addendum IV to 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
 

       5.9     Report of the Strategic Working Group on Alcoholic Beverage Products -

                 REVISED DRAFT DECISION

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      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)

  Acrobat PDF
  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

  Acrobat PDF
  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

  Acrobat PDF
  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.

  Acrobat PDF
  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

  Acrobat PDF
 

       7.2       Update on the Implementation of the Trade Facilitation Agreement

  Acrobat PDF
         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

  Acrobat PDF
  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)

  Acrobat PDF
  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)

  Acrobat PDF
  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

  Acrobat PDF
  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

  Acrobat PDF
  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

  Acrobat PDF
 

        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    
 

       11.1     CARICOM Competition Commission Community Competition Policy

                   and Consumer Protection: Status of the 2019 Budget

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  Attachment  I to COTED 2019/48/11.1   Acrobat PDF
  Attachment  II to COTED 2019/48/11.1   Excel
  Appendix II to COTED 2019/48/11.1   Excel
  Appendix III to COTED 2019/48/11.1   Excel
  Appendix IV to COTED 2019/48/11.1   Excel
  12.   ANY OTHER BUSINESS    

BACKGROUND DOCUMENTATION

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

Acrobat PDF

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