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Regional development issues pertaining to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) trade and economic agenda will form part of the focus of two days of deliberations at the 46th meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) slated for Georgetown, Guyana from May 16-17.

COTED is responsible for the promotion of trade and economic development of the Community.

During that meeting, the fourteen (14) member states will treat with, inter alia, operational elements of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the integration of Haiti; the rights for spouses and dependents within the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME); the review of the Common External Tariff (CET); the continuation of market access by CARICOM members to the USA under the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI); trade with regional and external partners and the status of the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) under the Caribbean Regional Indicative Programme.

“The COTED meetings are extremely important, as it is here that critical trade policy decisions are tailored and agreed on; decisions that always seek the sustainable development of our people, region wide,” noted Senator the Honourable Pearnel Charles Jr., State Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.

The Honourable Minister of State (HMOS) will head the Jamaican delegation which comprises senior officials of other Ministries and the private sector.