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Europe sees future Caribbean ties within ambit of CELAC

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Thursday, 05 November 2015

Europe sees future Caribbean ties within ambit of CELAC

According to renown Caribbean consultant, David Jessop, the European Commission (EC) has  recent communications are evidence that future EU cooperation with the Caribbean will take place within a broader Latin America and Caribbean framework. Jessop makes looming expiry of  the EU-ACP Cotonou Partnership Agreement and the recently published EU Trade strategy, ‘Trade for All’. In relation to the former, Jessop interprets that what is now required across the ACP is coherent geographical scope and in a Caribbean context appears to suggest that the future lies in a relationship with the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC). the body that includes all nations in the Americas other than the US, Canada and dependent territories . In this configuration, development co-operation will be tailored towards nations at similar levels of development. On the latter, ‘Trade for All’, details the EU’s programme of intended future trade negotiations and its trade objectives. This documents places the emphasis on Latin America and the Caribbean, as opposed to an all-ACP focus. It indicates that it sees the trade agreements such as the EU-Cariforum Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), and the current and future  association agreements with Latin nations, as creating a basis for ‘a shared agenda’ on sustainable development and regional integration.