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Regional Workshop for CARICOM Trade Officials on the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) Negotiations and the Negative List Approach to Services and Investment Liberalization

Date: 07 Sep 2016 to 09 Sep 2016

Time: 9:15 AM

Location: Bridgetown, Barbados

The Integration and Trade Sector (INT) through its Institute for the Integration of Latin America and the Caribbean (INTAL) and the Office of Trade Negotiations (OTN) from the CARICOM Secretariat are jointly organizing the “Regional Workshop for Trade Officials on the Trade and Services Agreement (TiSA) Negotiations and the Negative List Approach to Services and Investment Liberalization” that will take place in Barbados on 7-9 September 2016. The TiSA Agreement is being negotiated by twenty three WTO member countries which represents 70% of global trade in services, with the ultimate objective of multilateralization within the framework of the WTO. The objective of the Workshop is two-fold: i) to improve CARICOM’s capacity to make an informed policy decision with respect to its participation in the TiSA negotiations; and ii) due to the fact that CARICOM is yet to complete the process of building out its preferential liberalization commitments with several partners with which it has concluded regional trade agreement, the event aims to facilitate an in-depth review and application of the Negative List Approach to the scheduling of Services and Investment liberalization commitments. With this in mind, services and investment trade experts and negotiators of hemispheric partner countries have been invited to share their countries’ perspectives on and experiences with the TiSA negotiations and the use of the negative list approach in the field of services and investment. Therefore, the workshop will be conducted by Mr. Fernando Mayer de Leeuw, Director of International Trade in Services and Investment, Ministry of Economy of Mexico and Mr. Felipe Sandoval Zamorano, General Directorate for International Economic Relations (DIRECON), Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile. The IDB will be represented by Mr. Mario Umaña, Integration and Trade Lead Specialist (INT/INT). The activity is designed for capital-based government officials and will be closed to the general audience. For more information please contact Mrs. Veronica Toscani, IDB/INTAL, veronicat@iadb.org

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