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Welcome to the June 2021 edition of our monthly SRC Newsletter! We are pleased to announce our new Caribbean & Africa Trade Webinar Series and our inaugural Distinguished Owen S. Arthur Memorial Lecture Series. We have also published our first policy brief in our new SDGs & Trade Policy Brief series.

We bid a sad but fond farewell to retiring SRC Board Members: Prof. the Most Honourable Eudine Barriteau, GCM (Principal of The UWI Cave Hill Campus), Dame Billie Miller (Ambassador-at-large and plenipotentiary) and Ambassador Gail Mathurin (Director-General, Office of Trade Negotiations, CARICOM Secretariat). Their sterling contributions to the SRC are greatly appreciated and will be missed.

Applications for our MITP programme are open. You can also see testimonials from our MITP alum here. We will begin featuring our MITP Alum in these newsletters, and this month start with Syan Bhagwatsingh of Cohort 9. Read about her below!  Don't forget to follow us on social media so you could keep up to date with our latest content!


The SRC extends congratulations to Rebeca Grynspan of Costa Rica on her appointment as the next Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD and the first woman to be appointed to this position. Ms. Grynspan is an accomplished economist and former vice president of Costa Rica and takes over from the equally distinguished, Isabelle Durant who has been acting SG since February 2021. Ms. Grynspan, who was  nominated to the post by United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, was approved on June 11 by the UN General Assembly. The SRC wishes Ms. Grynspan every success during her tenure and looks forward to building on the strong relationship between our two institutions.


The CARICOM Commission’s Report on the Economy: Time to Play Your Part!

Dr. Jan Yves Remy: At the invitation of the Governor of the Central Bank of Barbados, I recently participated in a vibrant session of the Caribbean Economic Forum entitled “Putting People at the Centre of Development in the Caribbean”.In this SRC Trading Thoughts, I outline some of my key takeaways and thoughts about the Report. Read more 

TRIPS and Health: Moving Towards a Friendlier Intellectual Property Regime

Tara Leevy: Over the past decade, global health issues, and questions about the impact of international trade on global health have taken centre-stage. The diverse nature of health-related conflicts that have arisen within the international trade context dramatically illustrate that it is no longer possible to view issues of global health and international trade as existing within separate silos. Read more 


The SRC is pleased to announce its new SDG & Trade Policy Brief Series! It is part of the SRC's wider SDGs and trade work programme. 

SRC Policy Brief #1: Investment Promotion and Facilitation for Financing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Caribbean

This first brief in the SRC's new SDG & Trade Policy Brief series authored by SRC trade researcher Alicia Nicholls analyses the role that promoting and facilitating private domestic, foreign and diaspora investments, particularly in SDG-related sectors, could play in supplementing the SDG financing shortfall facing Caribbean small States. It does so against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic’s adverse impact on regional and international economies and societies, and the global decline in FDI flows. The Caribbean countries under study for the purposes of this Brief are the 14 independent Member States of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Access the Brief here

  • SRC Deputy Director participates in Caribbean Economic Forum

SRC Deputy Director Dr. Jan Yves Remy was one of the distinguished panelists on the Central Bank of Barbados' Caribbean Economic Forum 2021. The other panelists were Prof. Avinash Persaud and Dr. Damien King, who were two of the ten commissioners on the CARICOM Commission on the Economy which released its report recently. The discussion was moderated by veteran Barbadian journalist David Ellis. 

  • SRC Trade Research Fellow Dr. Skeete presents at CSA Virtual Conference 2021 
During the recently concluded Caribbean Studies Association Virtual Conference, Trade Research Fellow Dr. Kai-Ann Skeete presented on two panels. The first presentation discussed “The Adoption of Artificial Intelligence within the Caribbean: Resuscitating the CARICOM Single Market and Economy.” The paper examined the regional adoption of AI within the realm of the Caribbean Single Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Space as the digital layer of the CSME. A key question raised surrounds the regulation of AI to ensure that it compliments rather than replaces regional workers in addition to creating new work opportunities for Caribbean citizens. 
The second presentation was Mapping Caribbean Paradiplomacy, presenting two (2) Case Studies on the role of the British overseas territories within CARICOM as well as enlarging the Community to embrace the Dutch Caribbean of Aruba, Curacao, Bonaire and St. Maarten. 
  • SRC Trade Researcher participates in Trade Panel at Caribbean American Heritage Week
SRC Trade Researcher, Alicia Nicholls, represented the SRC for the second year on the Trade Panel at the Caribbean-American Heritage Week organised by the Institute for Caribbean Studies (ICS). Ms. Nicholls was part of a distinguished panel moderated by Mr. Dav-Ernan Kowlessar. Co-panelists were Ambassador Dr. Everson Hull of St. Kitts & Nevis to the US, Hon. Dr. Carl Greenidge, and Ms. Magda Theodate of Global Executive Trade. The panel discussed recommendations for improving US-Caribbean trade, including recommendations made in a draft Green Paper authored by the ICS. The SRC extends its gratitude to Dr. Claire Nelson, founder and president of the ICS, for the opportunity to participate again in this important event. 


This month's featured alum is Syan Bhagwatsingh of MITP Cohort 9 (2012-2013) and current Research Strategist (Trade Policy) in the Ministry of Trade and Industry in Trinidad & Tobago.


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.
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.

Career Highlights: Some of my career highlights include securing government funding for the development of Trinidad and Tobago’s first National Services Exporters’ Registry, where I currently serve as a member of the Steering Committee and the publication of a research paper worked on collaboratively with the International Labour Office (ILO) on “Informality and Economic Units in the Caribbean” ILO, 2017.


The SRC is accepting applications for a new cohort (Cohort 19 - 2021-2022) under our Masters in International Trade Policy (MITP) Programme and the first cohort under the new Postgraduate Diploma in Internatonal Trade Policy (PGITP) programme! Click on the flyer below for further details on these programmes:

  • Webinar 2 - Caribbean-African Trade Webinar Series - June 22- July 22, 2021
The SRC is pleased to invite you to a webinar series we are co-hosting with Trapca, Tralac and Afronomiclaw entitled "Caribbean-African Trade Webinar Series". The webinars will take place via Zoom over the period June 22, - July 22, 2021.

Join us on June 30 for the second webinar in the series. See flyer below:

To register for one or all of the webinars, please click here:

If you missed last week's inaugural webinar, featuring the SG of the AFCFTA, please see recording here!
  • 2021 SIEL Global Conference 'Rethinking Global Economic Governance' -  July 7-9
The Seventh Biennial Global Conference of the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL) will take place for the first time as a virtual conference in collaboration with Bocconi University on 7-9 July 2021.

It features 3 keynote events, 5 roundtables, 28 concurrent panels, poster sessions and networking opportunities. Topics to be discussed include the global minimum tax initiative, international investment regulation, multi-, pluri- and unilateralism in trade policy in the 2020s, the great carbon border adjustment debate, people, place and time as determinants of international economic relations, and the rule of law and the role of lawyers in the 21st century.

For more information and to register, please click here.
  • Distinguished Owen S. Arthur Memorial Lecture - July 19
The SRC is pleased to announce the convening of the Distinguished Owen S. Arthur Memorial Lecture series on Monday, July 19th at 6pm. The Inaugural lecture will be delivered by the new President of the Caribbean Development Bank, Dr. H. Gene Leon on the theme “Re-Designing Economic Growth Strategies”. The lecture will be livestreamed on all UWITV platforms. 

  • Participants in the WTO discussions on investment facilitation for development (IFD) continued to make progress in negotiating a future agreement. Read more 
  • Outgoing Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary General, Irwin La Rocque suggested that “another mechanism” be utilised in getting member countries to strengthen their existing cooperation and collaboration for the future development of the region. Read more 
  • Costa Rican economist and former vice president of the Central American nation becomes the first woman to be appointed secretary-general of the UN's trade and development body. Read more 
  • Marking World Ocean Day on 8 June, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director-General, and Ambassador Santiago Wills of Colombia, chair of the fisheries subsidies negotiations, called on WTO members to deliver a long-awaited agreement to curb funding for harmful fishing. Read more

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