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Posted on: February 14, 2017


On 9th January 2017, The CARIFORUM Directorate in GUYANA held the Inception Meeting to launch the implementation of the Project on “TARGETED SUPPORT TO ENHANCE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE CARIFORUM-EU EPA”. This project is funded under the Tradecom II Programme.

The meeting was attended by Mr. Percival Marie (Director General of the CARIFORUM Directorate), Ms. Alexis Downes-Amsterdam (Senior Legal Officer and Officer in Charge for the project implementation at the EPA Implementation Unit) and by the AETS Project Implementation Team, in the person of Ms. Andrea Ewart (Team Leader), and Mr. Timothy Little (Key Expert 2).
During that meeting the team of experts provided a general overview of its understanding of the Terms of Reference and the modalities for the project implementation while the Beneficiary provided the CARIFORUM interpretation of the TOR and their specific anticipated outcomes.

Divided in three components, the project has a duration of 12 months.
The first component enhances the legal and regulatory framework of CARIFORUM States by supporting the enhancement of the legal and regulatory framework of the CARIFORUM States by, inter alia, updating the four service sector model bills. The project also supports the preparation of a Mutual Recognition Agreement [the CARIFORUM MRA].
The second component supports the effective monitoring of the EPA through the design and operationalization of a monitoring system, and revision of the EPA Implementation Roadmap. The new Monitoring System will be based on internationally accepted monitoring and evaluation principles that can be effected at the national and regional levels.
The third component promotes awareness activities, in particular knowledge sharing regarding the opportunities and benefits of the CARIFORUM-EU EPA, through the preparation of public education materials.

The outcome of this inception meeting are captured and further analyzed in the Inception Report that was shared among the Beneficiaries and the PMU by January 24th.

Programme funded by European Union at the request of ACP Group - Implemented by AESA CONSORTIUM