St. Kitts & Nevis Hoping to Get CARICOM Support to Accede to Guyana-Brazil Partial Scope Agreement

According to CARICOM Savingram No. 927/2011 the matter “is being resubmitted to the 33rd Meeting of COTED for urgent agreement”.

Since 2008 St Kitts and Nevis had advised CARICOM of its interest in acceding to the Guyana-Brazil Partial Scope Agreement.

CARICOM member states have examined the list of products for which St Kitts and Nevis intends to grant to Brazil duty free access to its market and the list that St Kitts and Nevis may export to Brazil duty free.

Dr Harris said “we have come a long way.  Negotiating trade agreements among multi-states is never easy since the national strategic interests of each state may not always coincide.  Should we receive the nod of approval of COTED we will be  on the final leg of our efforts to bring this agreement into fruition providing expanding markets for our electronic sub-sector in particular Kajola Kristada and Harowe Servo and their employees”.

St Kitts and Nevis will be represented at the meeting by Acting Permanent Secretary, Mr. Charleston Edwards, Samuel Berridge, Senior Trade Policy Officer and Senior Minister and Minister of International Trade, Dr the Hon Timothy Harris.

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