Dr Harris Calls for Follow up Action on Trade policy Seminar for Parliamentarians

A release from the Minister’s office quotes Dr. Harris as saying, “The two day event was crystallized for Members of Parliament on both government and the opposition side of the House that they have an important obligation to perform in trade negotiations. Beyond that it has offered us prescriptions on how Parliament can improve oversight and accountability on trade matters.

“I welcome the prescriptions and I hope that on at least one of them, that is the setting up of a Parliamentary Select Committee on Trade we can have movement by next year.

“For me as a Minister of International Trade, I can see value and worth of an appropriately informed Parliament aiding and supporting our trade policy and negotiations. It will provide opportunities for better guidance and national support for our negotiators” Senior Minister Harris said.

Dr. Harris presided over two sessions of the seven session-agenda which was held 25-26 November, and gave the keynote address at the Opening Ceremony. The Minister said that he learnt a lot from the discussions and from Members of Parliament as well as from the facilitators and discussants. Parliamentarians came from Trinidad and Tobago, St Lucia, Jamaica, Barbados, Guyana, Belize, Antigua, and St Kitts and Nevis.

The seminar was also attended by, Deputy Prime Minister, Sam Condor as well as Vance Amory, Eugene Hamilton, Marjorie Morton of the Nevis Island Assembly. Senators Richard Skerritt and Vincent Byron of the National Assembly were also in attendance.

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