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EU-Guyana trade deal must protect land rights, activists say
A potential trade pact between the European Union and Guyana must contain land rights protections for local residents in order to avert the possible displacement of indigenous people.
Ramotar: Has any Caribbean country benefited from EU trade deal?
“I think it is time that we evaluate whether any Caribbean country has actually benefitted in a tangible way from the implementation of the EPA, and if not, why,” Guyana’s President Donald Ramotar told European Union officials.
Guyana’s Parliament ratifies EU’s EPA
Guyana’s Foreign Affairs minister Caroly Rodriques-Birkette stressed that the first review of the EPA is set for next year and the ratification will allow for the assessment of cost impact.
Guyana leading Caribbean in implementation – EU Director Latin American
Guyana has taken the lead in the Caribbean in implementing aspects of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).
Guyana has no regrets over holding out on EPA
Two years after 14 Caribbean countries signed a wide-ranging and controversial Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with Europe, Guyanese President Bharrat Jagdeo still maintains that his country was right in holding out until the last minute to get a "better deal" for the Caribbean.
Guyana’s opposition to Economic Partnership Agreement leads to loss of 6M Euros
It is a ‘striking’ coincidence that most of the difficulties encountered in the implementation of European Union budget support came shortly after Guyana adopted a position that was critical of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), according to the government
Federation one step closer to benefiting trade agreement with Brazil
The Federation of St Kitts and Nevis has received approval from CARICOM to enter into trade negotiations with Brazil
Guyana - Jagdeo says negotiating mechanism flawed
President Bharrat Jagdeo has taken another jab at the Caribbean Regional Negotiating Machinery (CRNM). This time he is adamant that it cannot speak for Guyana at upcoming trade talks with Canada.
Guyana gives in
Guyana on Monday signed off on the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with Europe, choosing to do so in Brussels at the headquarters of the European Union Council, five days after its Caricom partners had inked the agreement.
Guyana signs on to EPA in Brussels
Guyana’s President, Bharrat Jagdeo, said he was switching his position after two additional clauses were added to the original deal. The additions include stipulating that Europe would review the agreement every five years to analyze the economic impact the deal had on the Caribbean Community and the Dominican Republic and would make changes should the impact be adverse.
Guyana now ready to sign EPA
After opting out of Wednesday’s signing, Guyana’s President Bharrat Jagdeo now says the country is ready to take forward the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with Europe.
CARIFORUM signs EPA without Guyana, Haiti
The signing of the Economic Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the CARIFORUM Group - Caribbean Community states and the Dominican Republic - went ahead as planned. However, Guyana and Haiti, which had both expressed reservations about sections of the agreement, did not attend the signing ceremony in Barbados.
EU: Defiant Guyana to be punished
The European Union is preparing to impose swingeing taxes on goods imported from Guyana as punishment for the Caribbean island’s refusal to accept a free trade accord. Patrick Gomes, Guyana’s ambassador to Brussels, said that the EU’s move could lead to his country losing €70m (US$94m) each year.
Jagdeo makes direct EPA appeal at UN
Refusing to give up on convincing the European Union to take another look at its Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the Caribbean, Guyana’s President Bharrat Jagdeo has taken his case to the United Nations.
Guyana stakeholders ’roundly condemn’ Cariforum EPA
Senior representatives of the government, the opposition political parties, the trade union movement, the private sector, religious bodies and other non-governmental organizations unanimously called on regional leaders not to sign it in its present form.
Guyanese Government to host public EPA consultations
Weeks ago President of Guyana, Bharrat Jagdeo, announced his scepticism on signing the Economic Partnership Agreement trade deal with the European Community. Now it has been revealed that the Guyanese government will be hosting public consultations on the proposed arrangement come the beginning of September.
Guyana accuses Europe of trade bullying
The Caribbean could suffer economically if a proposed free trade agreement between several regional countries and the European Union is signed because of damaging flaws in the deal, according to Bharrat Jagdeo, Guyana’s president. “Europe negotiated in bad faith. We were bullied into this.”
Guyana asks for more time on EPA
The Guyana government wants more time to consider "troubling" aspects of the Economic Partnership Agreement with the EU. "No Government can be deaf to the outcry of important groups in its society," Guyana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carolyn Rodrigues, said. "We are democracies, not command economies. If our populations do not believe the agreement is in their interest, if they believe it has been imposed upon them, it will not work."
Guyana will sign EU trade deal after national dialogue
Guyana will not sign the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) until it has completed a full national consultation or alternatively "pragmatically earlier if the EC [European Commission] continues with its bully-boy tactics of seeking to impose tariffs on our exports," President Bharrat Jagdeo said.
Guyana and the wider world - Design and architecture of the EPA: The importance of self-critique
Central to many of the contentious planks that remain (especially 4-9) is the observation of Timothy Kondo (Alternatives to Neo-liberalism in Southern Africa) that the draft EPA, which formed the basis of negotiations for his region was prepared by the EU, (Third World Economics, October 1-15, 2007). This observation was reiterated more generally by Marc Maes: "The texts that the Commission has tabled have reflected the Commission’s approach to global trade. They do not reflect the interests and needs of ACP countries." (ibid, p12)