Civil society in Barbados may soon gain a better understanding of its role in helping to formulate trade agreements and the political, economic and social impact of these arrangements/treaties/contracts, when a forum is held on these matters next week.

The Non-State Actors Advisory Panel, in collaboration with the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the European Commission, will host a seminar entitled “The Role of Non-State Actors in Trade Agreements” on Tuesday, August 28, beginning at 8:30 a.m., at the Dining Club, Manor Lodge, Green Hill, St. Michael. 

As pointed out by a member of the Panel, focus will be on the challenges and opportunities arising from international trade agreements and how to best converge the national trade agreements with the objectives of multilateral trade agreements.

Representatives from government, the European Union (EU) and civil society will make presentations that will seek to enlighten participants about the opportunities for financing, and the participation by non-state actors in the Barbados/EU relationship.

The 13-member Non-State Actors Advisory Panel was established to facilitate and encourage the participation of civil society and the private sector in the development cooperation relationship between Barbados and the EU. 

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