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29 Février-1 Mars 2016 : Réunion de Programmation régionale aux Caraïbes

The project management team met with the Caribbean Hub and Spokes II regional and national trade advisers, as well as other experts, to discuss the main achievements and future work of the programme. The main objectives of the workshop were to:

- Highlight the main achievements/outcomes/challenges in 2015, and future work in 2016

- Share best practices in trade policy

- Strengthen strategic partnerships with beneficiary countries / organisations

- Identify opportunities to collaborate with other aid for trade donors and consultative networks in the region

- Review the administrative management and visibility of the programme

Participants in attendance present included Teddy Y Soobramanien, Lisa Rodriguez and Florence Chilenga (of the Commonwealth Secretariat project management team) and the Hubs and Spokes II Caribbean advisers. Dr. Razzaque Mohammad, Head of International Trade Policy Section at the Commonwealth Secretariat attended and presented on recent trade policy analytical work. The ACP Secretariat was represented by Mr. Morgan Githinji, multilateral expert and the EU delegation by Mr Gavin Tench (Charges d'Affaires) who gave the opening remarks, as well as Mr Koenraad Burie (EU Delegation representative) who attended the afternoon session. The representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Jamaica, Ms Marcia Thomas, also provided some introductory remarks. Ms Poonam Mohun attended on behalf of Trade Com II programme and made a presentation. Ambassador Gail Mathurin, Director CARICOM Office of Trade Negotiations also provided a general perspective on trade issues impacting the Caribbean region and challenges therein.

All the senior officials present applauded the role played by the Hub and Spokes II programme. There was unanimous and strong support from the participants, in particular the beneficiaries of the programme from the Caribbean region, that it should be extended beyond December 2016.