Sir Lloyd Sandiford

The Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) will come under the microscope over the next two days during talks to look at opportunities and investments which can come out of the treaty.

The meeting, which starts tomorrow, Wednesday, December 16, at the Hotel PomMarine, at 9.30 a.m. has as its theme: ???Eco-Innovation, Environment and Investment: Opportunities Arising from the Economic Partnership Agreement???.

About 30 persons are expected to participate in the discussions, which will include a careful examination of the environmental and sustainable development provisions of the EPA.??

This is the second Dialogue on Caribbean Economic Expansion, Investment and Opportunities Arising from the Economic Partnership Agreement. It is expected to build on the achievement of the first one, which included the establishment of the UK-EU-Caribbean Diaspora Task Force, a civil society-led initiative that aims to develop an intellectual capital framework and strategy for promoting awareness and understanding of the opportunities relating to the EPAs in the Caribbean and Africa.??

It is being sponsored by CaribInvest (West Indies), in association with RAFFA International Development Agency, with support from the Ministry of Environment and the Commonwealth Secretariat. The first dialogue was held last year in London.

Meanwhile, the contribution of a number of outstanding Caribbean people will be recognised during a reception tomorrow night for delegates of the dialogue. They will include former Prime Minister of Barbados, Sir Lloyd Sandiford; former Minister of Foreign Affairs in Guyana, Rashleigh Jackson; and Permanent Secretary in Barbados??? Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Teresa Marshall.????saustin@barbados.gov.bb

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