Under the auspices of the UNEP-UNCTAD Capacity Building Task Force (CBTF), a Capacity Building Workshop on Trade, Environment and Sustainable Development for Caribbean Countries is scheduled to take place in Kingston, Jamaica, on 27 and 28 November 2003. The workshop is part of a project funded by the Ministry of Spatial Planning, Housing and the Environment of the Netherlands, as a follow-up to the Word Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD).
The workshop follows a WTO regional workshop on Trade and Environment (Kingston, 25 and 26 November 2003). Both workshops are being organized in cooperation with the Institute for the Integration of Latin America and the Caribbean (INTAL) of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the CARICOM secretariat and the Government of Jamaica. Invited countries include Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago (the WTO secretariat is inviting two participants from each country, one from a ministry responsible for trade issues and one from an agency responsible for environmental issues), as well as Jamaica. The Caribbean Regional Negotiating Machinery (RNM), the organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and some regional NGOs are also invited to the workshop.
The workshop will focus on (a) integrated assessments of trade policies; (b) environmental goods and trading opportunities for environmentally preferable products; and (c) fisheries subsidies.