Remember that great story you learnt at Sunday School, about the little guy with the slingshot who took down the big bully with a single stone to a part of his anatomy where it really hurts? Well, its happening right here in the Caribbean.
In the 21st century Caribbean version of the timeless Biblical story, the little guy is Antigua and Barbuda; the big bully is the United States; the slingshot is the World Trade Organisation and the stone is international trade law…
Presented at a Conference on ALBA and the Future of Regional Integration held at London Metropolitan University, January 29, 2011; the presentation explores issues arising out of the simultaneous membership of three Caribbean countries in ALBA, the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) and the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union; and assesses ALBA’s claims to represent a superior alternative to neoliberal integration schemes that is based on solidarity and cooperation. Issues raised include the compatibility of simultaneous membership in schemes that are so different from one another; whether ALBA represents an alternative to the other two; ideological vs. financial motivation; and ‘asymmterical’ vs. ‘non-reciopocated’ solidarity.
Conference Programme and Abstracts
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Regional and Country Strategy Papers , and Indicative Programmes, 2008-2013.
The EU Regional Strategy for the period 2008-2013 covered by the 10th EDF is based on the policy agenda of CARIFORUM States, the ACP-EC Partnership Agreement (hereinafter “Cotonou Agreement”), the EU Communication on the Caribbean of 2 March 2006 and the related Council Conclusions, as well the statement of European Union (EU) Development Policy of 20 December 2005. It is also based on the CARIFORUM-EC Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). The Regional Indicative Programme (RIP) is financed through an allocation of â‚¬165 million for 10th European Development Fund (EDF) regional programming over a six-year period starting in 2008…
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Regional Strategy Paper and Regional Indicative Programme
Country Strategy Papers and National Indicative Programmes: Click below for:
Antigua and Barbuda
St Kitts and Nevis
St Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
The above sourced from http://ec.europa.eu/development/index_en.cfm
EU provides record grant funding to CARICOM countries in 2010
Sectors, Subjects & Issues
Aid for Trade, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Caricom, Cariforuim, Cariforum-EC EPA, Dominica, Dominican Republic, European Development Fund, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, St Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines
Antigua under Stanford, Guadeloupe under France
If Caricom business enterprises, which produce foodstuffs and every-day, , consumer necessitities, are prepared to take the initiative by making feasible proposals to local Antillean political leaders and business interests to supply a broad range of products to the Antilles and which could immediately bring down the high cost of living, it would be very difficult for the Metropolitan government to oppose it in the present explosive situation…But do they possess the drive, the business acumen, the initiative, or the entrepreneurial chutzpah to explore such a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity?…