Course Facilitator, Mr. Claude Paul, said that the main purpose of the training is to sensitize Customs and Excise officials on all phases of the Rules of Origin in relation to the named agreements mentioned above.
Paul added that the training will be looking at the definition of Rules of Origin, and it is expected to give the participants the knowledge and understanding so that they can get better, in dealing with items when they are traded, and also give advice to private sector operators when they want to operate in other markets.
He also went on to say that similar workshops have been held in other Caribbean Countries, but added that he is unaware if one was held in St. Kitts before.
In a release from the Public Relations Unit of the St. Kitts & Nevis Customs Department, it was reported that the training will ensure that St. Kitts and Nevis is better placed for implementation of the Rules of Origin components of the said trade agreements.
This specific area of training has been identified by the Ministry of International Trade, Industry, Commerce and Consumer Affairs in collaboration with the Customs and Excise Department as one of the activities to be conducted in 2012 which will enhance the technical capacity of Customs officials in trade policy development and implementation.
The inclusion of other technical persons in the public sector, to participate in this training, is part of the strategy of the Ministry of International Trade, Industry, Commerce and Consumer Affairs, of ensuring that there is wide exposure to trade policy development and implementation, information sharing and improvement of the business environment of St. Kitts and Nevis.
The training workshop will take place at the Ocean Terrace Inn in Basseterre on 13th and 14th June commencing at 9.00 a.m. on each day.
“Rules of Origin are laws, regulations and administrative rulings applied by governments to determine the country of origin of goods, services or investment.