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With all the above


recommendations in mind, the Chamber once again secured funding from the Trade.com Facility to embark upon a trade mission [from 26th February to 7th March 2012 ] with the objectives of seeking strategic partnerships for Members, obtaining market intelligence, forging relationships with European BSOs and capacity building of Chamber staff.

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[The seminar series on the


EPA in April 2012] was convened against the backdrop of a fair amount of discussion as to whether or not regional governments and the private sector have taken ownership of the EPA.

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Perspective
end More for Ourselves' COTED Chair
In the face of the challenges currently confronting the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Member States needed to fend more for themselves and expand intra-regional trade within the Community. This was the charge laid down by Honourable Dr John Collin McIntyre, Minister of Employment, Trade, Industry, Consumer and Diaspora Affairs of Dominica and Chairman of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) as he spoke at the Opening Ceremony of the 34th Meeting of COTED in Georgetown, Guyana in late March. Minister McIntyre acknowledged that the deliberations were taking place against the background of the continuing fall out of the global financial and economic crisis and the sovereign debt situation being experienced in Europe. The signals are clear. We have to begin to fend more for our own selves. We must begin to deliberately target expanded economic activity, including intra-regional trade, among ourselves. I sincerely hope that, that spirit of mutual reliance can inform our approach to all of the agenda items which we must discuss, Dr McIntyre said. Calling for efficiency in the way the business of the Meeting was conducted, he charged Trade Ministers and delegates not to put off for tomorrow what could be done today. Colleagues, this meeting of the COTED takes place at a time when CARICOM is undergoing a period of introspection. Our Heads of Government gave clear indications at their Conference earlier this month in Suriname, that it was time to ask ourselves and to answer some serious questions. These questions relate to how, as an integration grouping, we organize ourselves to deliver goods and services to our people and how we promote their interests and welfare. The next twelve (12) months promise to bring interesting times and developments to the Region, Minister McIntyre said. He added that the COTED Meeting could continue its own process of introspection. Maybe it is time that we agree to approach our work in the most direct manner going to the heart of the issues brought before us for discussion and decisionmaking. Let us not put off for tomorrow what can be done today, the Chairman told the Meeting. The Chairs outlook was shared by Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, CARICOM Secretary-General who, in his statement also referred to the current mode of reform and change in the Community to40

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