On 29 March – 01 April, ACP YPN had the honour to present a joint paper on Caribbean regional integration at the 17th Annual Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Eeconomic Studies (SALISES) Conference. The paper, “Defining Intra-Caribbean Relations in a Post-Preference Era: To what extent is the Regional Integration Process Driven By Extra-Caribbean Forces?” co-written by Alicia Nicholls, ACP YPN Caribbean Representative and Trade and Development Consultant and Yentyl Williams, ACP YPN Founder & President, and International Trade Consultant was presented by Alicia at the high-level panel on Regional Integration.
Alicia Nicholls presented the paper and the full power point presentation can be found here.
The paper asked the question: ‘Are extra-Caribbean forces defining intra-Caribbean relations?’ It responded to this key question by looking at a triptych of important international trade developments, which have non-negligible implications for the Caribbean:
- The Caribbean region’s main trade and investment partners, the United States and the European Union, are negotiating the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
- The Caribbean Community (Caricom) and the Dominican Republic (CARIFORUM) were the first of the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group to sign a comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the EU in 2008, within the framework of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement (CPA). The CPA is due to expire in 2020 and there are already early indications from the EU’s trade and investment strategy, inter alia, that future relations with the Caribbean will take place under the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) framework.
- The French Caribbean islands, while Overseas Departments (Départment d’Outre-Mer, DOM), are strengthening their relations with the Caricom, in spite of certain tensions due to the application and existence ‘octroi de mer’ (dock dues) until 2020 and the inter-play with the EPA.
The paper concludes that in the coming years, extra-Caribbean forces will exert more pressure on the Caribbean to unite. It shall be published shortly.
Check out Alicia’s blog post on the presentation of the paper, ‘Global Trade and Socio-economic tides pushing Caribbean countries to the back of the shoal: Integrate or be left behind’ here.
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