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11/16/2016
Honorable Minister Lindsay Grant Speech for Global Entrepreneurship Week 2016

Please see link for Minister's Speech for Global Entrepreneurship Week   https://www.youtube.com/watch?..
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6/21/2016
Ministry of International Trade, Industry, Commerce and Consumer Affairs: Second Quarter of Activities/Workshops

For the second quarter of 2016, the Ministry of International Trade, Industry, Commerce and Consumer Affairs has been involved in a series of works..
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6/21/2016
Ministry of International Trade, Industry, Commerce and Consumer Affairs: First Quarter of Activities/Workshops

First Quarter of Activities/Workshops For the first quarter of 2016, the Ministry of International Trade, Industry,..
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6/21/2016
Ministry of International Trade, Industry, Commerce and Consumer Affairs: First Quarter of Activities/Workshops

For the first quarter of 2016, the Ministry of International Trade, Industry, Commerce and Consumer Affairs has been involved in a series of worksh..
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22 March 2016

National Workshop on the Implication of Non-Compliance on The Implementation of Trade Agreement Obligations

More than  ninety-five ( 95) persons participated in  a National Workshop on the Implications of Non-Compliance on the Implementation of Trade Agreement Obligations in St. Kitts on March 22, 2016.

Participants  (at the workshop)  included senior officials from several Government Ministries, Departments and agencises  as well as  the private sector, civil society, education institutions, etc. Also in attendance were the Minister of International Trade, Industry, Commerce, Consumer Affairs and Tourism Hon Lindsay F. Grant, the Attorney General and Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs and Communications – Hon Vincent F. Byron and the Premier of Nevis – Hon Vance Amory who is also the Minister of Labour for St. Kitts and Nevis.

In an effort to improve its competitiveness and expand market share, St. Kitts and Nevis signed on to a number of Trade Agreements, which include the WTO (World Trade Organisation), CSME (CARICOM Single Market and Economy), CARICOM Bilateral Agreements  (Costa Rica, Cuba, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, and Colombia), the CARIFORUM-EU -Economic Partnership Agreement (the EPA), the Brazil/Guyana/St. Kitts and Nevis Partial Scope Agreement and the OECS Economic Union.

As contractually agreed and expected, Parties to the Agreements must comply with and implement the outlined conditions. Non-compliance may expose St. Kitts and Nevis  to lengthy and costly legal actions at the CCJ (Caribbean Court of Justice) for example, possible trade sanctions that can impact negatively on the economy and the people of St. Kitts and Nevis.

The Ministry of International Trade, Industry, Commerce and Consumer Affairs has the major responsibility in providing leadership for implementing the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME); the OECS Economic Union; the CARIFORUM-EC Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), the WTO Multilateral Trade Agreement as well as the other negotiated bilateral and multilateral trade agreements and ongoing and future trade agreements that are being negotiated. However supporting Ministries and Government Departments and agencies,  have a significant role to play in trade policy development and implementation and business facilitation.  The proper performance of each Ministry/Department’s role is important in ensuring that the Federation benefits from those trade agreements.

In order to bring to the attention of the nationals of St. Kitts and Nevis the possible benefits that can be obtained from complying with and meeting the obligations of these trade agreements as well as informing them of the implications for noncompliance, the Ministry of International, Trade Industry, Commerce and Consumer Affairs and the Ministry of Justice and Legal, organized a National Workshop on March 22, 2016 to address the

The Government of St. Kitts and Nevis Ministry has been fortunate to secure the services of Dr. Dr. Kathy-Ann Brown, Deputy Solicitor General and Director of International Affairs Division of the Attorney General’s Chambers, Jamaica, will be the main resource person at the Workshop. Dr. Brown is quite knowledgeable about the subject, having played significant roles in several trade policy issues including serving as a Panelist on the WTO Dispute Settlement Body.  She has represented Jamaica before the Caribbean Court of Justice in TCL v The Caribbean Community and the Shanique Myrie case, and in international arbitration proceedings initiated by Noranda Bauxite Ltd against the Government of Jamaica. Dr. Brown’s biography is attached for your information.

The main objectives of the workshop are:

1.      Explain the implications (legal and otherwise) of non-compliance to these agreements

2.      Explain how the respective government Ministries/Departments and other agencies can collaborate to ensure proper implementation of trade agreements;

3.      Improve the understanding by respective Government Ministries/Departments and the private sector of these trade agreements St. Kitts and Nevis has signed on too and how those agreements can be used to increase and improve  businesses in the Federation;

4.      Address some of the operational issues impacting on the effective implementation of the Agreements such as the Free Movement of Nationals of CARICOM and or the OECS

5.      Improve the ability of St. Kitts and Nevis to meet its obligations to these trade Agreements it is party to.

The workshop was held in the conference room at the Ocean Terrace Inn (OTI)

However, on the previous day – March 21, Dr. Brown addressed the Cabinet of Ministers on the topic in order to apprise them of the effectiveness of the trade agreements in the socio-economic development of St. Kitts and Nevis as well as the implications for non-compliance with the obligations of the Agreements.

During the opening ceremony, participants were addressed by the Minister for International Trade, Industry, Commerce and Consumer Affairs – Hon. Lindsay F. Grant and the Attorney General and Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs and Minister of Communications – Hon. Vincent F. Byron. Dr. Kathy-Ann Brown also addressed participants during the opening ceremony, using the opportunity to put into perspectives the importance of the workshop to St. Kitts and Nevis and the importance of both public and private sector persons in understanding the importance of implementing the trade agreements as well as removing bureaucratic obstacles to trade and business.

Throughout the workshop, there was enthusiastic discussions and several questions and issues were raised by participants about the various Trade Agreements, in particular the Caribbean Single Market and Economy – the CSME and its impact on trade and business and the lives of CARICOM nationals and the possible financial implications for counties who do not meet the contractual obligations or face litigations for violation of the Trade Agreements.