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Welcome to the May 2020 edition of our monthly SRC Newsletter! We do hope that you have all been keeping safe.  Please see below what we have been working on since our last edition! Don't forget to follow us on social media so you could keep up to date with our latest content and news! 


LIAT is the real MVP of Caribbean integration

Dr. Kai-Ann Skeete: This article seeks to add to the ever present LIAT discussion by introducing 2 points, comparing fares between LIAT and Caribbean Airlines, as well as a flight plan analysis of the air travel distance from Grantley Adams International Airport in Barbados to Piarco International Airport in the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago. Read more 

A Legal Assessment of the Impact of Brexit on UK-CARICOM Relations 

Tara Leevy: This paper looks at the competence of the UK to conclude trade agreements pre- and post-Brexit and speaks to the future of UK-CARICOM trade agreements post-Brexit. Read more 

An Opportunity to reclaim Industrial Policy in CARICOM

Joel K. Richards: The COVID-19 pandemic suggests that we are living in extraordinary times which require extraordinary imagination and reimagination. While it is important to keep one eye on the current pandemic, it is equally important to keep another eye on our preferred future. Part of this preferred future should be a commitment to emerge from the crisis better, stronger, smarter and more prosperous than we were before. In this context a re-examination of the role of industrial policy is being proposed. Read more


SRC Contributes Trade Vulnerability Index article to Afronomics COVID-19 Symposium

An article authored by J. Jason Cotton (CDB), Dr. Jan Yves Remy and Alicia Nicholls of the SRC discusses why the COVID-19 pandemic further makes the case for their proposed Trade Vulnerability Index (TVI) to determine countries’ eligibility for special and differential treatment at the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The article is available here on the Afronomics blog under its COVID-19 and International Economic Law Symposium and is an abridged version of the authors' longer conceptual paper on the proposed TVI which may be accessed here.

SRC Trade Researcher Chelcee contributes to IDB AI Publication

SRC trade researcher Chelcee Brathwaite had the opportunity to participate in the GuIA project which was spearheaded by the Centro de Estudios de Tecnología y Sociedad (CETyS) of the San Andrés University in Argentina. This project provided a space for researchers from the Latin American and Caribbean region to discuss the potential utility of Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems in the region and to address related ethical and regulatory concerns. It involved a workshop at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Montevideo and a round table at the Agencia de Gobierno Electrónico y Sociedad de la Información y del Conocimiento. For this project, Miss Brathwaite authored a discussion paper focused on the potential applications of AI to address some of the Caribbean’s ongoing developmental challenges, while highlighting the need to address some of the related ethical risks. For access to this document, along with the work of other researchers please visit here.


The SRC has updated two of its COVID-19 resources. Please see our updated Caribbean Responses Database and SRC Quick Guide: COVID-19's Trade Implications for CARICOM on our dedicated COVID-19 page here


Rescheduled Webinar with CARICOM's Geneva-based Ambassadors - May 14, 2020

Curious about what’s happening on the front lines at the WTO regarding COVID-19 and trade? 
The new date for the SRC Lunch Time Chat with CARICOM's Geneva-based ambassadors is May 14, 2020 from 12:30 pm to 2 pm EC Time.

To register, please click on the flyer below to access the pdf version with the clickable URL for the webinar. 

On this note, you may also be interested in reading our recent article on how 'COVID-19 is exposing our cybersecurity vulnerabilities' here

Find out more about upcoming SRC events by visiting our events calendar

Sidley Webinar "In the Interim: Follow Up – The Impact on WTO Disputes of the Multiparty Interim Appeal-Arbitration Arrangement (MPIA)" - May 13 & 20, 2020

Please join Sidley for its two follow-up webinars on the practical impact of the Multiparty Interim Appeal-Arbitration Arrangement (MPIA) at the WTO. For further information on the webinars and to register, please visit the Sidley website here.

Webinar on EU and Trade Policy Coherence at Times of COVID-19 - May 18, 2020

An upcoming Global Governance Programme Webinar will discuss trade and other external policy responses by the EU to the COVID19 pandemic. For more information and to register, please click here


The Multi-Party Arbitration Appeal Arrangement, which is a work-around to ensure there is still a two-staged dispute settlement system at the WTO, has been notified to that organization. 

Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), met virtually on May 5, 2020, specifically to continue their efforts to harmonise their responses to and policies on the multifaceted impact of COVID-19. 

The CARICOM Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) has agreed on a plan for re-opening CARICOM economies post COVID-19. 


Our offices remain closed but we are still working hard! Keep up to date with our latest research and news by following us on social media below: 




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