Canada-Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Trade Agreement Negotiations
Last updated June 2014.
Negotiators from Canada and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) are holding the seventh round of negotiations towards a Canada-CARICOM trade agreement in Bridgetown, Barbados, from June 16 to 21. The sixth round of negotiations took place in two parts: Week 1 (March 3-6) in Kingston, Jamaica and Week 2 (March 31-April 4) in Ottawa, Canada. Discussions included market access for goods, cross border trade in services, temporary entry, financial services, investment, intellectual property, rules of origin, ICT, customs procedures, dispute settlement, institutional issues, trade-related cooperation, environment, and labour.
A Canada-CARICOM free trade agreement would create new opportunities for Canadian businesses in sectors including manufacturing, agriculture and financial services. Canada is committed to negotiating a modern trade agreement with CARICOM that will take into account differing levels of development, vulnerabilities associated with island states, and trade-related capacity challenges.
For more information, please see background information of the Canada-CARICOM Trade Agreement Negotiations.
On December 15, 2001, the Government launched public consultations on possible Canada-CARICOM Trade Agreement negotiations with Canadian provinces and territories, along with businesses, industry associations and the general public. On October 17, 2007, the government launched further consultations on the Canada-CARICOM Trade Agreement negotiations as it relates to market access for goods, services and investment. For more information on these consultations, please visit the links below.
- Initial Environmental Assessment Report - Canada-CARICOM Trade Agreement
- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
- Caribbean Office of Trade Negotiations
- Fact Sheet for CARICOM
- Canadian Embassies in CARICOM Member States
- Trade Commissioner Offices in CARICOM Member States
- Export Development Canada in CARICOM Member States
- Global Commerce Strategy
If you have questions or comments about this initiative we would like to hear from you. Please contact Foreign Affairs & International Trade Canada at:
Trade Policy and Negotiations Division I (TPE)
Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
Lester B. Pearson Building
125 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0G2
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