What became clear was the existence of two diametrically opposed views on the impact and usefulness of the agreement. One view is that the EPA is an important step forward in trade relations, which will greatly benefit the region. On the other hand, some see it as a detriment to the region and perhaps a total capitulation of CARIFORUM to the EU. They argue that resurrecting World Trade Organisation (WTO) policies and circumventing obstacles in Doha is part of an overall EU strategy. During this debate, both sides try to support their views by referring to the text of the agreement. The aim of this review is to shed light on the issues that feed into this debate, particularly in the areas of market access, the impact on customs revenues and the impact on regional integration. This revision also attempts to clarify and distill some of the main contentious issues related to the EPA and to integrate them into the subsequent discussion on an implementation plan. The approach is based on a detailed study of the text of the EPA and its annexes, as well as in-depth discussions with some of the main negotiators on the CarIFORUM page. The interviews were conducted both in their personal capacity and on the Internet, as many of the regional negotiating acts live or work outside the region. The critic also participated in presentations and discussions with some of the main regional critics of the agreement.
You can find up-to-date information in the following countries: The EU Trade Agreement with the Cariforum States The Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the Caribbean Forum (Cariforum) and the European Community (EC) is the only comprehensive EPA negotiated to date and signed in October 2008 by all parties (with the exception of Haiti). Once the details are finalized, it is possible to begin to determine the likely impact on development and this report provides an initial assessment. This page uses Akismet to reduce spam. Find out how your feedback data is processed. Your email address will not be published. Mandatory fields are marked with * As of October 2008, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Kitts and Nevis, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and the Dominican Republic, the CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement with the EU. . . .