Head Of Office Of Trade Negotiations Visits PM

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Prime Minister David Thompson chatting with Director General of the Office of Trade Negotiations of the CARICOM Secretariat,??Ambassador Gail Mathurin, during a courtesy call??at Ilaro Court.

Director General of the Office of Trade Negotiations of the CARICOM Secretariat, (formerly the Caribbean Regional Negotiating Machinery) Ambassador Gail Mathurin, paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister David Thompson today at Ilaro Court.

Negotiations on the Free Trade Agreement between Canada and CARICOM, and the World Trade Organisation were the main areas discussed.

During the 20th Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of the Heads of Government of CARICOM, in March of this year, the CRNM was incorporated into the CARICOM Secretariat as a specialised department. Subsequently, at the 30th Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government in Guyana in July, another decision was taken to rename the CRNM as the Office of Trade Negotiations.

The Office of Trade Negotiations has extended responsibility for the coordination, development and execution of negotiating strategies for all CARICOM external trade negotiations.

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