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Monday, 07 June 2010

CARIFORUM calls on EU to live up to agreements

The  European Union (EU) ought to live up to  their commitment to the consultation provisions of the Cotonou and Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA), according to the Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM) of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States. During their meeting  which preceded the Sixth EU-LAC Summit at the IFEMA Centre in Madrid, Spain, Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr Ralph Gonsalves, who spoke on behalf of CARIFORUM, said that the CARICOM Single Market and Economy was making strides despite the many challenges it faced, according to a release from the CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen. CARIFORUM continued its efforts at deepening and expanding, with the membership of the Dominican Republic in CARICOM under consideration and the release said that significant in-roads had been made in respect of ALBA and the newly-created CALC. In spite of those gains, Prime Minister Gonsalves told EU representatives, the Caribbean’s best efforts would come to ‘nought’ if the EU did not honour the consultation provisions of the Cotonou and EPA Agreements. Dr Gonsalves also pointed out to the EU the importance of ensuring that their other bilateral trade agreements were not pursued at the expense of the Caribbean region.