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6/21/2017
CONSULTATIONS ON THE CARICOM PUBLIC PROCUREMENT NOTICE BOARD (CPPNB) – PROJECT 10TH EDF/CSME/1.1.3/SER 13.14- DEVELOPMENT OF THE INFRASTRUCTURE AND INSTRUMENTS FOR AN INTEGRATED CSME PROCUREMENT REGIME

A two day training/consultations on theCARICOM Electronic Notice Boardfor Public Procurement will take place at the Ocean Terrace Inn conference ro..
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11/16/2016
Honorable Minister Lindsay Grant Speech for Global Entrepreneurship Week 2016

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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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The Ministry of International Trade, Industry, Commerce and Consumer Affairs of St. Kitts and Nevis

P.O. Box 1234
Bladen Commercial Development
Basseterre, St. Kitts
email: info@iticca.com
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21 June 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 workshops and training seminars.

 

CSME National Consultation on Government Procurement held on 28-29 January, 2016 at the Ocean Terrace Inn.

The Ministry of International Trade, Industry, Commerce and Consumer Affairs in collaboration with the CARICOM Secretariat hosted a one day consultation with Public and Private Sector Agencies to discuss the CSME Public Procurement System Requirements for operationalization of the Community Public Procurement Notice Board (CPPNB), and the Infrastructure and Instruments for the CSME Procurement Regime.  This consultation sought to explain the CSME Public Procurement Regime and its impact on the future operations of suppliers, tenderers, bidders and procuring entities in St. Kitts and Nevis.

This procurement regime, “Framework Regional Integration Policy (FRIP) on Public Procurement,” seeks to achieve the following objectives:

• Set out the conditions necessary for full integration of the national procurement markets of the Member States into a single, unified and open area for Public Procurement to bolster the CSME

• Creation of the necessary competitive and non-discriminatory conditions to facilitate achievement of value for taxpayers’ money.

• Provision of opportunities for access to a single market with regional sales opportunities.

• Strengthening the competitiveness of the regional supplier base and encourage the rational use of scarce resources

The St. Kitts and Nevis Government Procurement Act is currently still in its drafting stage.

The procurement of goods and services on behalf of a public authority, generally referred to as Public Procurement, contributes 10 to 30% of Gross Domestic Product; and in 2014, the Government spent a total of $600 million EC dollars on the procurement of goods, services, and works.  Globally, the size of Government Procurement is approximately 5% of GDP in Non-Organisation for Economic Co-operation Development (OECD) countries.

 Governments conduct a substantial level of procurement activities, as outlined in the statistics. It is imperative that careful planning and workable mechanisms are implemented to attain long-term sustainable and inclusive growth in the Federation.

 

The Launch of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA)/CARICOM Single Market Economy (CSME) Standby Facility for Capacity Building Projects held on 25th February, 2016 at the Ocean Terrance Inn.

The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), in an effort to facilitate the effective implementation of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) at the national level, has granted technical assistance to the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis. This assistance was in the form of approved funding for the implementation of two projects:

1.       Enhancing the National Statistical System of St. Kitts and Nevis. This system is aimed at facilitating and supporting the collection of statistical data and the compilation and dissemination of statistical information and also allow for training of the Department of Statistics to improve their use and analysis of Trade in Services data.

2.       Enhancing the National Quality Infrastructure of St. Kitts and Nevis. This grant will assist in the development of a quality management system that meets the international standards requirements. The St. Kitts and Nevis Bureau of Standards will be provided with the necessary technical training to improve quality management practices and increase compliance with ISO/IEC standards requirements.

 The “CSME Standby Facility for Capacity Building” provided in the form of grants, offers capacity building measures to CARICOM Member States in the implementation of the CSME at the national level. It is aimed at strengthening the administrative ability of national CSME implementation units. The “EPA Standby Facility for Capacity Building” on the other hand, is intended to fund events or developments to build the capacity of national administrations or agencies in CARIFORUM Member States (CARICOM plus the Dominican Republic) that are involved in EPA implementation. These projects will be managed by the Ministry of International Trade, Industry, Commerce and Consumer Affairs (including the Bureau of Standards) and the Ministry of Sustainable Development.

 

Public Sensitization Training Workshop – The CARICOM Single Market Economy (CSME) Regime for the Free Movement of Labour held on 10th-11th March, 2016 at the Ocean Terrace Inn.

The CARICOM Secretariat, in collaboration with the European Union (EU), under the Tenth (10th) European Development Fund (EDF), conducted a two day workshop to sensitize CARICOM Member States on the Free Movement of Labour. This workshop was held on 10 – 11th March, 2016 at the Ocean Terrace Inn and the Universtiy of the West Indies and was facilitated by Dr. Olivia Smith, Deputy Programme Manager, Free Movement and Labour, CARICOM Single Market and Economy Unit and Mr. Oneil Francis, Legal Officer, CARICOM Secretariat.

Outlined were the CARICOM Nationals who fall under the categories of non-wage earners and wage earners who can move and work freely in the Community:

1.       Graduates of all recognized universities in the world,

2.       Artistes,

3.       Musicians,

4.       Sportspersons,

5.       Media Workers,

6.       Nurses,

7.       Teachers,

8.       Artisans with a Caribbean Vocational Qualification

9.       Holders of Associate Degrees or comparable qualification.

The workshop focused on building awareness of the Facilitation of Travel Regime and the Free Movement of Skilled Nationals. With such a programme being led by CARICOM, they are able to educate and expose the Member States to the opportunities available through the Free Movement of Labour and depict the true meaning of” Regional Integration.”

 

 

The National Workshop on the Benefits of Compliance and Implications of Non-Compliance with the Implementation of Trade Agreement Obligations held on 22nd March, 2016 at the Ocean Terrace Inn.

The Ministry of International Trade, Industry, Commerce and Consumer Affairs and the Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs hosted a National Workshop on 22nd March, 2016 which was conducted by Dr. Kathy-Ann Brown, Deputy Solicitor General and Director of International Affairs Division of the Attorney General’s Chambers, Jamaica, who has vast experience in Trade Policy Issues and the WTO rules-based system. The main objectives of this workshop were to:

·         Explain the implications of non-compliance to trade agreements ;

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

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

·         Address some of the operational issues impacting the effective implementation of agreements such as the Free Movement of Nationals of CARICOM and or the OECS

·         Improve the ability of St. Kitts and Nevis to meet its obligations to the trade agreements it is party to.

 

This workshop was an attempt to bring awareness and vital information to the different Government agencies on ways to enhance the effective implementation of Trade Policy within the Federation.

 

The establishment of the St. Kitts & Nevis Coalition of Service Industries (SKNCSI) 

 

The SKNCSI was duly registered as a company, with the Financial Services Regulatory Commission, on Wednesday, 20th January, 2016. 

 

The Task Force, consisting of six (6) core members and three (3) honorary members, is currently operating as the SKNCSI’s interim board (see below a list of members).  Additionally, the SKNCSI has been provided with administrative/secretarial and logistical support from the Ministry of International Trade, Industry, Commerce and Consumer Affairs.

 

Currently, the Task Force is working diligently on implementing the strategic and action plan drafted by the consultant, Ms. Telly Onu, as well as designing three projects to begin building awareness and strengthening the capacity and development of the SKNCSI.  These projects include: Branding and Communication, Workshop on Value Added Proposal Writing, and Services Week.  It is anticipated that these projects will be funded under the 10th European Development Fund.

 

MEMBERS LIST

 

·         Mr. Lennox Warner (Construction Services) – Chairman

·         Mr. Kluivert Blackman (ICT Services) – Vice Chairman

·         Mr. Clyde Christopher (Education Services) – Treasurer

·         Ms. Nyanya Browne (Trade Policy Officer, Ministry of International Trade et al) – Secretary

·         Mr. Rodney Browne (ICT Services)

·         Mr. Wycliff Morton (Architectural Services)

·         Mr. Telly Onu (ICT Services)

·         Mr. Tishon Thomas (ICT Services)

·         Mr. Russell Williams (ICT Services)