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

Belize Inaugurates $3Mil Joint Operations Center with U.S. and Canada

Belize Inaugurates $3Mil Joint Operations Center with U.S. and Canada

On Monday, December 9, the Ministry of National Security inaugurated its first Joint Operations Center (JOC) at Price Barracks.  The opening of the JOC represents over two years of teamwork and collaboration between the Belize Defence Force, U.S. Southern Command, and the Governments of the U.S., Belize, and Canada.   
The JOC’s inauguration is an important step in U.S. and Belize commitment to realizing a safe and secure Belize.  The U.S. Southern Command Counter-Drug Program donated the building, valued at three million Belize dollars, in support of a regional security network of land and maritime forces with improved facilities, training and equipment.  The Government of Canada provided the internal furnishings and computer equipment.
The primary purpose of the JOC is the exercise of operational command and control.  It enables law enforcement to plan and execute maritime interception, provide operational intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, determine and prioritize operational priority intelligence requirements, collect and share operational information, process and exploit collected operational information and analyze, interpret, and integrate operational information and all other tasks into one cohesive plan.

Belize Inaugurates $3Mil Joint Operations Center with U.S. and Canada
The building is designed and equipped for 24-hours continuous operation and will have at least one liaison officer assigned from each of the represented agencies including the Belize Defence Force, Belize Police Department, Coast Guard, Customs and Excise Department, and the Immigration and Nationality Services Department. Continue reading “Belize Inaugurates $3Mil Joint Operations Center with U.S. and Canada”

How to Prepare Your Product for Import/Export

Studying competing products in the country where you wish to do business is a great way to target what works in that market. If you cannot visit the country and scan store shelves yourself, get in touch with folks on the ground there and see if they can apprise you of what products are comparable to yours.

Meanwhile, grab a sample of your own import/export-ready product, and let’s run through our checklist:

1. The name of your product.

    Sure, it sounds fine and intriguing to an American, but what does it mean in the target market? Find out beforehand. If you don’t, you will end up with a fiasco like Chevrolet had on their hands when they introduced their new automobile called the “Nova” in Venezuela — which, in Spanish, means “doesn’t go”!

2. The colors of your packaging. Continue reading “How to Prepare Your Product for Import/Export”

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