Caribbean Political Economy

David and Goliath, Norman Girvan

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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…

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ALBA and CARICOM: Paradoxes and Problematique, Norman Girvan

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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.

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Conference Programme and Abstracts

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EU Development Funding for Cariforum 2008-2013

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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 €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

Bahamas

Barbados

Belize

Dominica

Dominican Republic

Grenada

Guyana

Haiti

Jamaica

St Kitts and Nevis

St Lucia

St Vincent and the Grenadines

Suriname

Trinidad and Tobago

Intra-ACP Programme

The above sourced from http://ec.europa.eu/development/index_en.cfm

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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?…

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