The engagement of the OECS Commission and its Geneva Mission was to provide a detailed de-brief on the status of the WTO negotiations of Fisheries Subsidies and to allow for Member States to provide feedback and direction to Geneva-based negotiators. Immediately following the WTO workshop the Pew Charitable Trusts held a two-day session on Implications for the Caribbean: Fisheries Subsidies Negotiations at the WTO.
The objective of the Regional Workshop was to support members fulfill the December 2017 commitment made by WTO Ministers, to successfully negotiate new fisheries subsidies disciplines before the end of December 2019. This commitment is also in-line with the commitment of the international community contained in Target 14.6 of the Sustainable Development Goals.
The meeting explored: the nature and realities of fisheries subsidies in the Caribbean; the potential impact of WTO restrictions on commercial as well as small-scale and artisanal fishers and the flexibilities required by the Caribbean in the event of a new agreement.
The OECS’ presentation to the workshop oriented participants on key technical and political issues that will confront the region ahead of the deadline to conclude negotiations.
The process towards establishing a regional position on Fisheries Subsidies will continue through established coordinating mechanisms within the OECS Commission.
The back-to-back meetings took placed in Kingston, from the 9 - 12 April 2019.
|This story aligns with OECS Strategic Objective No.4:Support alignment of foreign policy of Member States with the development needs of the OECS.|