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REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOUR MARKET STUDIES IN THE CARIBBEAN


The CaFeatured imagenadian Hunger Foundation (CHF) is currently implementing a project in the Caribbean called Promotion of Regional Opportunities for Produce through Enterprises and Linkages (PROPEL) project.

Funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) and CHF, the aim is to increase the value of Caribbean fresh produce accessing high-value markets (HVM) in the Caribbean and internationally by CAD100 million 6 over six years.

CHF is requesting proposals from consultants to undertake four market studies: Barbados; OECS; Suriname; and Belize. The methodology for each study is similar, in order for PROPEL to analyze information across all studies. Individual Terms of Reference (ToR) for each have been prepared and are posted on the CHF website.

DEADLINE: MARCH 22, 2015

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Compete Caribbean is a private sector development program that provides technical assistance grants and investment funding to support productive development policies, business climate reforms, clustering initiatives and Small and Medium Size Enterprise (SME) development activities in the Caribbean region. The program, jointly funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Government of Canada and the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), supports projects in 15 Caribbean countries. Projects in the OECS countries are implemented in partnership with the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).
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Partial Scope Agreement between the Government of Belize and the Republic of Guatemala


The negotiations on the Partial Scope Agreement (PSA), between the Government of Belize and the Government of the Republic of Guatemala, were launched on November 22, 2004. Both countries signed the agreement on 26th June, 2006. In 2009, Belize deposited its Instrument of Ratification to the CARICOM Secretariat and obtained CARICOM’s approval of the Agreement and completed its internal process of ratification that year. Guatemala completed its ratification in March of 2010. With the exchange of information notifying the completion of the internal process in each country, the PSA took effect on 4th April, 2010, thirty days after Guatemala completed its internal process of ratification.

This is Belize’s first negotiated bilateral trade agreement and one which takes into account the obligations to the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). This agreement has been seen as an opportunity to enhance trade and commercial relations for both countries.

Currently, Belize has completed the three phases of tariff reductions as outlined in the Tariff Schedules of the Agreement. The main products benefiting from this agreement are: citrus, tilapia, cattle, yellow corn, black beans, red beans, poultry and pepper sauce. This market is expected to offer premium prices relative to world prices. The PSA covers 150 goods, including certain goods under the headings of: animal products; prepared foodstuffs; products of the chemical or allied industries; plastics and articles thereof: rubber and articles thereof; wood and article of wood, wood charcoal; paper and paperboard, articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard; textiles and textiles articles; footwear, gaiter and the like; parts of such articles; glass and glassware; base metals and articles of base metal; and other items.

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CCIC Grant Funding Opportunity


 

 

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The Sixth Round of CARICOM-Canada Negotiations


The Sixth Round of CARICOM-Canada Negotiations

Knutsford Court, Kingston Jamaica.

3rd March to 9th March 2014

 

 

 

The sixth round of negotiations for CARICOM-Canada Trade and Investment Agreement was held at Knutsford Court in Kingston, Jamaica from the 3rd of March to the 8th of March, 2014. Director General of the Office of Trade Negotiations (OTN), Ms. Gail Mathurin, welcomed the delegation and explained that the sixth round of negotiation would be done in a two-part series with the second half reconvening at the beginning of April in Ottawa.

The sixth round of negotiations covered topics of Trade-Related Agricultural Cooperation, Trade in Services and Investment, Financial Services, Investment, Intellectual Property and Innovation, Institutional Issues and Dispute Settlement and Environment.

For both Parties round six of the negotiation presents investment opportunities. The private sector can keenly note that areas of interest for Canadian investors are in construction, energy, forestry, mining, gas, tourism, manufacturing, and environment and in the areas of the service sector interest lies in tourism, environment, computer and professional related services and construction. The top areas for CARICOM are in manufacture of food products, manufacture of textiles, aquaculture, renewable energy, electric power generation, transmission and distribution, manufacture of fertilizers and nitrogen compounds, printing and reproduction of recorded media, manufacture of machinery and equipment, manufacture of computer, electronic and optical products, collection of hazardous waste, computer programming, sound recording and music publishing activities, and scientific research and development.

It is imperative that both sides be able to identify each other’s sensitivities, continue the national consultative processes and conclude this agreement in a timely and successful manner by June 2014.

 

Submitted by

Directorate of Foreign Trade

11th March, 2014

Entrepreneurship Program for Innovation in the Caribbean (Newsflash)


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We invite you to read up more on this great initiative by clicking below link:

http://www.infodev.org/EPIC

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