IN THIS EDITION
Farewell to Neil Paul, outgoing SRC Director
Applications Open for Fully Funded MITP Scholarships for OECS Nationals
SRC Policy Brief #2
SRC One-on-One Chat with Deodat Maharaj
SRC Trade Quick Guide - Food Security 101
MITP Alum Corner
Events coming up
Trade News Watch
Are you SRC connected?
Welcome to the July 2021 edition of our monthly SRC Newsletter! This will be our last newsletter until September when the new semester begins. We bid a sad but fond farewell to our outgoing SRC Director, Neil C.A. Paul who retires from the UWI at the end of July. Read our farewell to Neil below. He will be succeeded by Dr. Jan Yves Remy, who has served as Deputy Director since 2018.
Coming up Thursday, August 5th, Professor Jeffrey Sachs (Director, Centre for Sustainable Development, Columbia University) will deliver the key note address for our SRC Webinar on "Facilitating Private Sector Investment for SDG Achievement in Caribbean SIDS"! Don't miss this exciting event, register today!
We are pleased to announce the publication of our second SRC Policy Brief which explores the topical issue of food security. We also share our SRC One-on-One Chat with Deodat Maharaj, Executive Director of Caribbean Export Development Agency.
Applications for our MITP/PGITP programmes are open. Scholarships are also now available for students from the OECS. You can also see testimonials from our MITP alum here. This month's featured alum is Jael Browne (Cohort 14). Don't forget to follow us on social media so you could keep up to date with our latest content!
FAREWELL TO NEIL PAUL, OUTGOING SRC DIRECTOR
Neil C.A. Paul - Outgoing SRC Director
We bid a sad but fond farewell to our outgoing SRC Director, Neil C.A. Paul, who will be retiring at the end of July. From his constant jokes to his beautiful paintings hanging on the walls of the SRC's office, Neil's presence will be missed by staff of the SRC and by students who enjoyed his student-centred approach. We at the SRC wish Neil a happy and enjoyable retirement!
Read his parting thoughts here.
APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR FULLY FUNDED SCHOLARSHIPS FOR OECS NATIONALS TO MITP PROGRAMME
Applications are now open for the OECS-Masters in International Trade Policy (OECS-MITP) Scholarship Programme for the academic year 2021-2022, beginning in September 2021.
The scholarship programme is fully funded for students from the six (6) independent OECS Member States via the EU-ACP TradeCom funded Consolidating the OECS Economic Union through Sustainable Trade Capacity Building Project. The OECS Masters of Science (MSc) in International Trade Policy will be completed online. Learn more here.
Applications for our normal MITP/PGITP programmes remain open. The SRC is also pleased to announce that we are now offering scholarships for the normal programme. For more information please contact Desiree Evelyn at Tel: (246) 417-4805 or via Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SRC POLICY BRIEF: AN OVERVIEW OF FOOD SECURITY AND TRADE ACROSS CARICOM
The SRC is pleased to announce the launch of its second SRC Policy Brief. This brief was authored by SRC trade researcher Chelcee Brathwaite and is the first brief in the SRC's Food For Thought Policy Brief series. In this first Brief, Miss Brathwaite provides an introductory overview of food security and its strategic importance, the state of food security across CAICOM, the interplay between trade and food security and the policy approaches towards food security in the Caribbean.
The brief may be accessed here.
SRC ONE-ON-ONE CHAT WITH DEODAT MAHARAJ
In our latest SRC One-on-One Chat, our trade researcher Alicia Nicholls chats with Caribbean Export Development Agency Executive Director Deodat Maharaj on the 'The Private Sector as a Partner in Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Achievement in the Caribbean'. The recording from this insightful discussion may be accessed by clicking the image below:
SRC QUICK GUIDE: FOOD SECURITY 101
This latest SRC Trade Quick Guide provides an introduction to food security, its strategic importance, and the state of food security across CARICOM. This Quick Guide has been developed from the SRC Food For Thought Policy Brief Series Part 1: An Overview of Food Security and Trade Across CARICOM authored by our SRC trade researcher Chelcee Brathwaite.
Download the latest SRC Trade Quick Guide here!
This year, for the third time, students of The UWI Cave Hill Law Faculty participated in TradeLab - a clinic where students assist clients with a trade problem or question. The UWI TradeLab is supervised by Dr. Jan Yves Remy (SRC) and Dr. Ronnie Yearwood (UWI Cave Hill Faculty of Law). This year students successfully completed two projects: a memorandum on the value of intellectual property protection for the Barbados Medicinal Cannabis Licensing Authority which may be accessed here, and a digest of all cases in the original jurisdiction of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).
For further information about TradeLab, visit our website here.
- SRC completes its Caribbean-Africa Trade Webinar Series
The SRC co-hosted a webinar series with Trapca, Tralac and Afronomiclaw entitled "Caribbean-African Trade Webinar Series", featuring experts from both regions in areas such as goods and services trade, e-commerce, MSMEs, investment and dispute settlement. The first webinar, which was launched by a keynote speech delivered by Secretary General of the AFCFTA, H.E. Wamkele Mene, was held June 30 and the remaining webinars took place via Zoom over the period June 22 - July 22, 2021.The recordings may be accessed on our Youtube channel here.
MITP ALUM CORNER
This month's featured alum is Jael Browne (Cohort 14 - 2017-2018), Project Assistant - 11th EDF GIZ Technical Assistance for Sustainable Energy in the Caribbean Project,
CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality.
Ms. Jael Browne (Cohort 14)
I have been immersed in the field of international trade and development for the past eight years, having worked in organizations both at the regional and national level. My belief is that the development of small- island developing states (SIDS) can be accrued from welfare gains from trade. In my native country, Trinidad and Tobago, trade can be a crucial driver of economic growth, poverty reduction and development once export impediments are adequately addressed.
Career Highlights: My experience thus far has been truly meaningful, impactful and multi-faceted. I have worked intimately on trade policy issues in the areas of market access (goods and services) that are indigenous to (SIDS) in the areas of trade facilitation, regional trade agreements and international trade theories. I am currently responsible for the formulation and economic analysis of trade-related policies including the development of Trinidad and Tobago’s first National Services Policy and the implementation of the Secured Transactions Policy.
EVENTS COMING UP
Join the SRC on Thursday, August 5th at 10:00-11:30 am for our "Facilitating Private Sector Investment for SDG Achievement in Caribbean SIDS" Webinar. We are pleased to have as our key note speaker Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Centre for Sustainable Development of Columbia University. This will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Dr. Jason Haynes (UWI Law Faculty), James Ellsmoor (CEO, Island Innovation), Matthew Wilson (International Trade Centre) and moderated by Alicia Nicholls (SRC trade researcher).
- Webinar - Facilitating Private Sector Investment for SDG Achievement in Caribbean SIDS - August 5 - 10:00-11:30 (AST)
REGISTER HERE: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_3zX2XQK_S4quZJfB0jwvcg
Please see flyer below for details.
- Trade and Gender Webinar on "Gender in international economic negotiations" - August 3rd - 11:00 am (American EST)
Coming up on August 3, 2021 at 11:00 am (US EST), incoming SRC Director Dr. Jan Yves Remy will be one of three moderators for the upcoming "Gender and Trade" Webinar which looks at gender in international economic negotiations. The keynote speaker will be Ms. Anabel González, Deputy Director General, World Trade Organization. The other moderators will be Prof. Dorotea López - University of Chile and Prof. Amrita Bahri - ITAM.
Register for the event here!
OWIT is the Organization of Women in International Trade, a worldwide organization which has as its mission to build a global network which supports and promotes women in trade. Work is underway for the formation of a Caribbean Chapter of OWIT which will focus on creating a community to support Caribbean women to overcome barriers to trading.
- Formation of an OWIT Caribbean Chapter
The Interim Board of the OWIT Caribbean Chapter is asking you to complete a 5 question survey on or before August 30, 2021, to give us your feedback.
TRADE NEWS WATCH
ARE YOU SRC CONNECTED?
- The Forty-Second Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was held virtually on 5-6 July 2021. Chair of the Conference, the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Honourable Gaston Browne presided over the proceedings. Read more
- During a ministerial meeting on 15 July 2021, World Trade Organization (WTO) members pledged to conclude negotiations on fisheries subsidies “soon” and “before the WTO’s Ministerial Conference in early December.” Read more
- Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Senator Kamina Johnson Smith yesterday announced the appointment of Janice Miller as Ambassador of Jamaica to the Caribbean Community (Caricom), effective June 30. Read more
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