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SRC Extends Congratulations to WTO DG-Elect and New Acting UNCTAD SG
SRC Trading Thoughts:
      Never let a good crisis go to waste: Revisiting the CARICOM Single Domestic Space
      Beyond Sun, Sand and Sea
      The Energy Transition
SRC Quick Guide on Trade and the SDGs 
SRC News
Events coming up
Trade News Watch
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Welcome to the February 2021 edition of our monthly SRC newsletter! We wish to congratulate the students of Cohort 16 of our Masters in International Trade Policy (MITP) programme who will be officially graduating shortly!

We have done quite a bit in the past month so have a read below to discover what we have been up to since our last edition and what is to come. Also don't forget to follow us on social media so you could keep up to date with our latest content!


The SRC extends our heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on her appointment to become the seventh Director-General of the World Trade Organization. A well-respected development economist, Dr. Okonjo-Iweala makes history by becoming not only the WTO's first female DG, but also its first from Africa. She will officially assume office on March 1, 2021. 

The SRC also warmly congratulates Ms. Isabelle Durant who assumed the post of Acting Secretary-General of UNCTAD on February 16, 2021. Ms. Durant has served as the organization’s deputy secretary-general from 3 July 2017.


Never let a good crisis go to waste: Revisiting the CARICOM Single Domestic Space

Dr. Kai-Ann Skeete: Former British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill who led Britain through World War II is credited as saying “never let a good crisis go to waste.” It is with these words that I pen this article to advance my opinion on the way forward for the regional integration movement in light of the upcoming virtual 32nd Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of CARICOM Government, scheduled for February 23-24 2021. Read more 

Beyond Sun, Sand and Sea: Developing an Inclusive, Sustainable & Resilient Tourism Sector in Barbados 

Chelcee Brathwaite: Building upon measures by the Barbados Government, this SRC Trading Thoughts proposes recommendations for transforming the tourism sector, responding to Minister Cummin’s call for a new “inclusive and sustainable” tourism product for Barbados. Read more 

The Energy Transition

Stefan Newton: Economic and human activity depends on the use of energy. The Industrial Revolution was made possible by harnessing the power of fossil fuels to service manufacturing, transport, and large urban settlements. Read more 


Our first SRC Quick Guide for the year examines trade and the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)! Have a read of it here.

For previous SRC Quick Guides, please visit the tab on our website here


SRC hosts Lunch Time Chat on "How the CSN Can Use Blockchain to Promote Trade" 

On February 3, 2021, the SRC held its first SRC Lunch Time Chat for the year under the theme "How the Caribbean Settlement Network can use Blockchain to promote trade". The esteemed panelists included Ms. Marla Dukharan (BITT Inc.), Dr. Antonio Alleyne (UWI) and Ms. Laura Giles-Alvarez (IDB). The recording of the event may be viewed here

  • High Level Regional Roundtable on the WTO Investment Facilitation for Development Negotiations: Perspectives from Caribbean Economies - February 24, 2021 

We cordially invite you to attend our upcoming High-Level Regional Roundtable on the WTO Investment Facilitation for Development Negotiations: Perspectives from Caribbean Economies, jointly organized by the Shridath Ramphal Centre for International Trade Law, Policy & Services of The University of the West Indies, the International Trade Centre (ITC), the German Development Institute/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) and the World Economic Forum (WEF), in the framework of the Investment Facilitation for Development project, jointly implemented by ITC and DIE.  

The roundtable will take place on 24 February 2021, from 10:00 am to 12:30pm (Barbados, GMT -4) time and is meant to: offer a platform for strategic exchange on the WTO negotiations on investment facilitation for development among a selected group of high-level policy makers, government officials, private sector representatives and eminent academic scholars, focused on Caribbean economies.

Although the roundtable is focused on the WTO Investment Facilitation for Development negotiations from the Caribbean economies' perspective, it will address issues that will be of interest to investment promotion agencies and policy makers outside the region. Please feel free to circulate within your networks.


The programme, including the list of the distinguished speakers and their bios, may be accessed here.


Pre-registration will be mandatory for attendance. To register for the event and receive the meeting-link details, please register here.

Please note that, to avoid any difficulties, only participants who register will receive the password to join the on-line roundtable. 

  • SRC Lunch Time Chat on "Strengthening CARICOM-US Relations through Trade and Investment" - February 25, 2021 

The SRC is pleased to invite you to our upcoming virtual SRC Lunch Time Chat entitled “Strengthening CARICOM-US Relations through Trade and Investment”.“As the dust settles on the new Biden-Harris Administration, questions loom as to what a trade and investment agenda for CARICOM and the US will look like going forward.  

Join us for a discussion with David Lewis and Felicia Persaud about the challenges and opportunities they see for advancing and revitalizing government and business relations between our region and the US.”

The chat will take place via Zoom on Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 12:30-1:30 PM (AST).

To register, please click here:

  • Panel Discussion on CARICOM/Regional Action on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management - March 3, 2021

The Institute of International Relations is hosting a panel discussion on CARICOM/Regional Action on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management on Wednesday 3rd March, 2021 at 1:00PM (AST). For Zoom registration details please email or contact the Secretariat at 662-2002 Ext. 83235. 

  • Webinar: Governance in Small - March 2, 2021 

The Islands and Small States Institute (ISSI) of the University of Malta is inviting University of Malta staff and students, as well as members of the public, to a webinar on 'Governance in Small States' to launch the book 'Handbook of Governance in Small States'. The book was edited by Lino Briguglio, Jessica Byron, Stefano Moncada & Wouter Veenendaal and published by Routledge in December 2020.

During the webinar, there will be presentations on different aspects of governance in small states, followed by a discussion and an open Q&A session. 

The webinar will be held on Thursday, 4 March 2021, between 16.00 and 17.30 (CET). Please fill in this registration form to participate in the event, which will be held on Zoom and also live-streamed on the ISSI Facebook page.  

For any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on via email.

  • Inaugural Henry Gill Memorial Lecture - March 17, 2021
The UWI SRC and IIR are very pleased to announce the inaugural Henry Gill Memorial Lecture to honour the life and work of Henry Gill.  The eminent speaker for the first of our series is Pascal Lamy, former WTO Director General. 

To register for the event, please feel free to click on the poster and/or:

  • ITC/SRC/CEDA Trade Statistics Webinar - March 29, April 7 & 9, 2021 
The SRC is pleased to invite you to our three FREE upcoming virtual training webinars “Building  Strong Trade Capacity in the Caribbean with Market Intelligence” co-hosted with the International Trade Centre and the Caribbean Export Development Agency (CEDA) over the period March 29 – April 9, 2021.  The webinar sessions will take place via Zoom.

To pre-register, please click on the image below to access the PDF version with the Zoom link for each session.

  • The Inter-sessional meeting of the CARICOM Heads of Government will be held this week February 24-25, 2021.
  • Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has officially been selected as the seventh WTO Director-General following a Special General Council meeting held February 15, 2021. 
  • Ms. Isabelle Durant has assumed the post of acting Director-General of UNCTAD, following the resignation of Mr. Mukhisa Kituyi who will be contesting presidential elections in Kenya.
  • Negotiations continue at the WTO on fisheries subsidies, investment facilitation for development, among other issues.
  • The ex post report of the evaluation of the CARIFORUM-EU EPA has been released. The document may be accessed here


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