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Welcome from new SRC Director
UWI TradeLab creates CCJ Original Jurisdiction Case Digest 
SRC Trading Thoughts 
SRC News
MITP Alum Corner 
Events coming up
Trade News Watch
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Welcome to the September 2021 edition of our monthly SRC Newsletter! It is a new semester and our flagship Masters of International Trade Policy (MITP) programme is now in its 19th cohort. The nineteen students have begun class and hail from across the Caribbean, including as far west as Belize. We wish our new students the very best in their studies and welcome them to our MITP family! 

Please join us today for our SRC/UNCTAD15 Lunch Time Chat. See further details below!

We have done quite a bit over the past few weeks so have a read and see what we have been up to! Also remember to follow us on social media so you never miss our latest news and content!


Dr. Jan Yves Remy - SRC Director 

It is a huge privilege to take over the directorship of the SRC – and I have some big shoes to fill.  Let me start by thanking all of you who have supported and congratulated me since I took on the new role in August 2021. Let me also say that I am proud to lead a capable team of researchers and administrative personnel who, in the words of our Vision Statement, aim to serve as beacons for excellence  and creativity, dedicated to serving our students, community, region and wider world.

But, I am conscious that there is much to do.  The international global economy is fast evolving and we in the Caribbean have to hang on for dear life, lest we become hostages to it, whether from haplessness or idleness.

We at the SRC see our role as being the eyes, ears and mouth of CARICOM on all things trade!  Under our new Strategic Plan (2021-2026) which received the blessing of our Advisory Board, my aim is to advance the SRC on all three of its core pillars by: updating and expanding our training products (both long and short courses) to reflect the new areas being prioritized in international and regional circles ; conducting research that us not only Caribbean-focused but also practical and relevant to the needs of the public and private sector; and by engaging in outreach that can reach scale thanks to the online facilities and that is invaluable to our current followers as well as exciting so that we can attract new audiences in new markets.

We remain grateful to our UWI community, MITP-Alumnus, regional friends, and social media fans on whom which we depend for our continued relevance and to whom we take seriously our responsibility to keeping informed and energized as we all strive towards developing our beloved Caribbean community.


The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) was one of the 2021 beneficiaries of the third iteration of The University of the West Indies (UWI) TradeLab Clinic. For this initiative, third-year law students from the Cave Hill Campus who participated in the Clinic produced thirty-four (34) summaries of the decisions of the Court issued in the Original Jurisdiction between 2008 and 2020. These summaries were prepared by Ms Chelsea Lawrence, Ms Mya Brathwaite, Mr James Morris and Ms Régine Mondesir under the supervision of The UWI Trade Lab Directors, Dr Jan Yves Remy and Dr Ronnie Yearwood, and international trade law practitioner Mr Claude Chase, who acted as a mentor. Read more 


CARICOM SIDS and the WTO Fisheries Subsidies Negotiations

Alicia Nicholls and Leisel Juman: In this SRC Trading Thoughts, we discuss the state of play around these protracted negotiations and explore the possible considerations for Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Read more 

  • SRC staff participate in UNCTAD-15 pre-events
Staff of the SRC have participated as speakers in several of the pre-events in the lead up to the UNCTAD 15 Conference which Barbados will host virtually from October 3-7, 2021. SRC Director Dr. Remy was a speaker at the Global Services Forum. Dr. Kai-Ann Skeete, Trade Research Fellow was a panelist at the Civil Society Forum, while Alicia Nicholls, Junior Research Fellow, was a speaker on the panel 'Redefining Trade Governance' at the UNCTAD Youth Forum. 
  • SRC LTC on Food Security and CARICOM and Agri-Lab 
On September 18, 2021 the SRC in collaboration with the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI), hosted a virtual roundtable discussion on Food Security in CARICOM. Among featured speakers and panelists included: Mr. Anthony Branker, President of the BCCI, Dr. Jan Yves Remy, Director of the SRC, Dr. Lystra-Fletcher Paul, Lecturer in Biometrics at The UWI St. Augustine Campus, Mr. Sandiford Edwards, Development Specialist and Mr. James Paul, Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Agricultural Society.

The session was moderated by Mrs. Chelcee Brathwaite, Trade Researcher at the SRC. Salient points from the discussion included the need to reorient consumer tastes towards domestic food products and in turn encourage greater food self sufficiency, a call to strengthen intra-regional agri-food trade and the importance of research. The entire roundtable discussion can now be viewed on the SRC's YouTube channel using the following link: 

This discussion forms part of the SRC's wider 'Food For Thought' series which can be viewed here:  Coming out of this session the SRC and BCCI announced their continued partnership in the form of an upcoming Agri-Trade Lab. This lab is conceptualized to produce practical demand-driven research by connecting farmers and agro-processors with researchers at the SRC capable of leveraging their technical expertise to solve various agri-trade related challenges. More information will soon be made available on this so continue to visit the SRC website at: for regular updates. 
  • SRC and CDB Co-Host Distinguished Owen S. Arthur Memorial Lecture 

On Wednesday, September 8, the SRC and Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) co-hosted the Inaugural Distinguished Owen S. Arthur Memorial Lecture in honour of the late Rt. Hon. Professor Owen Seymour Arthur, former Prime Minister of Barbados.

We were pleased to have as our distinguished guest speaker Dr. H. Gene Leon, President of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) who presented on the topic “Re-Designing Economic Growth Strategies”.

The lecture was broadcast live on UWITV and the video recording may be accessed here.

SRC Director Dr. Remy presenting distinguished guest speaker Dr. Leon with a gift of appreciation.

  • SRC LTC on Facilitating Investment for SDG Achievement and Key note by Prof. Jeffrey Sachs 

On Thursday, August 5, the Shridath Ramphal Centre for International Trade Law, Policy & Services (SRC) of The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill (The UWI Cave Hill) held a webinar entitled “Facilitating Private Sector Investment for SDG Achievement in Caribbean SIDS“. 

The SRC was pleased to have as the key note speaker Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Centre for Sustainable Development at Columbia University, who was introduced by SRC Director Dr. Jan Yves Remy. Professor Sachs’ key note remarks were followed by an hour-long panel discussion on the topic of the webinar. The distinguished panelists were Mr. Matthew Wilson (Chief, Special Projects of the International Trade Centre), Dr. Jason Haynes (Lecturer in Investment Law and Deputy Dean of Graduate Studies and Research at The UWI Cave Hill and Mr. James Ellsmoor (CEO, Island Innovation). The event was moderated by SRC junior research fellow, Alicia Nicholls and was an outreach output of an SRC policy brief authored by Ms. Nicholls on the same topic. 

The recording from the webinar may be accessed here


This month's featured alum is Marvin Baptiste (Cohort 14 - 2018-2019), Consultant Services Sector Development -Caribbean Export Development Agency. 

Mr. Mavin Baptiste (Cohort 15) 

Bio - My passion for international trade was fulfilled after completing MITP in 2019. Since the completion of the programme, I’ve had the opportunity to work on numerous projects which focus on the development of Caribbean Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). As trade represents a key avenue for economic development in the Caribbean working on projects aimed at enhancing the competitiveness of regional firms is vital.

Career highlight/achievements - Some of my career highlights/achievements thus far includes working on two proposals to the African Caribbean Pacific (ACP) - European Union (EU) development funds to increase funding to Caribbean states specifically for the services sector and creating the only regional services registry for CARIFORUM services providers to increase data collection for Trade in Services in the region. Trade in Services represents approximately 65% of Caribbean Gross Domestic Product, therefore working in the sector and having such direct impact has been nothing short of rewarding.

  • SRC/UNCTAD 15 Lunch Time Chat on "The Battle for Climate Change Finance: The Role of Redefining Vulnerability" - September 30, 2021
  • Signature of MOU between the SRC and Caribbean Export Development Agency October 1, 2021
The Signing Ceremony between the Shridath Ramphal Centre for International Trade Law, Policy and Services, The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus and the Caribbean Export Development Agency is scheduled for 10 am on October 1, 2021.

Register to attend here!
  • ILA Caribbean Chapter Conference - October 16, 2021
The International Law Association Caribbean Branch will be hosting an online conference under the theme Justice and Resilience for the Caribbean: What Role for International Law? on Saturday, 16 October 2021 at 9:00am (AST).
The Conference will explore the prospects and challenges of using international law to secure justice and resilience for the Caribbean. The event will feature a keynote address by Ms. Rolande Pryce, the World Bank Group’s Country Manager for Rwanda, as well as three distinguished panels on Sustainable Investing, Health Resilience and Climate Justice.

A chat lobby will allow attendees to network, both inside and outside a session. The event is free of charge.  Registration, as well as further information on sessions and speakers, can be accessed here.
  • Invitation to Breakfast with Caribbean Women in Trade (CWIT) - October 21, 2021  
We are indeed excited to invite you to our first networking event.  Please join us in our Facebook group: Caribbean Women In Trade (CWIT) to sign up and be a part of "Breakfast with CWIT" which takes place on October 21, 2021, featuring Pamela Coke Hamilton, Executive Director of the International Trade Centre. Please see and share our flier below:

  • Global services trade recovering but below pre-pandemic levels, WTO barometer indicates. Read more here.
  • Caribbean Community (CARICOM) foreign ministers on Tuesday held discussions with the United States Deputy Secretary Of State, Wendy Sherman, on a number of issues ranging from climate change to vaccines for the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a statement issued by the Guyana-based CARICOM Secretariat. Read more here
  • WTO Members advance work on trade and environmental sustainability ministerial declaration. Read more here.
  • On September 7, 2021, the Heads of State and Government of Members of the African Union (AU) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) met virtually at a historic summit hosted by His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya. Read the communique here.


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