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SAINT LUCIA TRADE FACILITATION TASK FORCE. TN/TF/W/143/Rev.2 WTO negotiations on trade facilitation self assessment guide. Page 6 Part C: Participation. Composition tailored to suit domestic condition, example:. Transport Ministry was not included; Services Coalition is on the task force.

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SAINT LUCIA

TRADE FACILITATION TASK FORCE


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TN/TF/W/143/Rev.2WTO negotiations on trade facilitation self assessment guide.


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Page 6 Part C:Participation

Composition tailored to suit domestic condition, example:

Transport Ministry was not included;Services Coalition is on the task force.


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28 PERSONS REPRESENTING 14 AGENCIES

1 representative; 1 alternate

Both members invited to meetings;

Both members receive documents.

COMPOSITION


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PRIVATE SECTOR

Small Business Association

Customs Brokers

Shippers

Chamber of Commerce

Coalition of Services

Manufacturers Association


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PUBLIC SECTOR

Trade, Commerce and Industry (Chairs);

Customs (Co-chairs);

Agriculture;

Health;

Attorney General’s Chambers;

External Affairs;

Economic Affairs.


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STATUTORY BOARDS

Air and Sea Port Authority;

Bureau of Standards.


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TN/TF/W51

WTO Trade Facilitation Support Guide

To assist in the establishment and coordination of the task force;

To prepare terms of reference (work in progress);

To prepare work plan (template given during needs assessment).

COORDIANTION


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AUTHORITY

CABINET OF MINISTERS AUTHORISED THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE TASK FORCE AND ITS COMPOSITION.


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ORIGINALLY, ESTABLISHED IN THE CONTEXT OF THE NEEDS ASSESSMENT. HOWEVER, THE ROLE OF THE TASK FORCE IS NOW WIDER:

Monitor multilateral, bilateral trade facilitation negotiations;

Monitor the implementation of the Agreement on Trade Facilitation;

Support border reforms and modernization activities.

Role of the task force


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Introduction; August 2008 ASSESSMENT. HOWEVER, THE ROLE OF THE TASK FORCE IS NOW WIDER:

Assignment of proposals; October 2008

Mock needs assessment exercise; November 2008

5 SO FAR: 3 PRIOR TO NEEDS ASSESSMENT; 2 THEREAFTER

Review of needs assessment; January 2009

MEETINGS

National Positions for NGTF; Last week


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Physical ASSESSMENT. HOWEVER, THE ROLE OF THE TASK FORCE IS NOW WIDER:meetings are limited to preparation for NGTF and other urgent matters.Use of technology Lots of virtual meetings, discussion and exchange of information.

4 HOURS ON AVERAGE


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NEEDS ASSESSMENT ASSESSMENT. HOWEVER, THE ROLE OF THE TASK FORCE IS NOW WIDER:


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Saint Kitts, Saint Vincent and Saint Lucia ASSESSMENT. HOWEVER, THE ROLE OF THE TASK FORCE IS NOW WIDER:

Sub regional Preparatory Workshop Saint Lucia; September 2008.

Needs Assessment exercise: December 1-5, 2008 Saint Kitts

All agencies except Shippers, Small Businesses Assoc. and Chamber attended

NATIONAL NEEDS ASSESSMENT CONDUCTED AS PART OF A Sub Regional EXERCISE


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TRADE FACILITATION ASSESSMENT. HOWEVER, THE ROLE OF THE TASK FORCE IS NOW WIDER:OVERVIEW OF FINDINGS

[49] proposed measures were considered:

Preparedness

Already compliant with 12 (24%)

Partially compliant with 23 (47%)

Not compliant with 5 (11%)

Not applicable 9 (18%)


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POST needs ASSESSMENT. HOWEVER, THE ROLE OF THE TASK FORCE IS NOW WIDER:assessment

Addition of 1 agency: Shipping Association;

Preparation of the TORs and work plan;

Agency Presentations:

Ministry of Economic Affairs January 9, 2009

Saint Manufacturers Association January 9, 2009

Customs Brokers Association January 31, 2009

Ministry of Agriculture March 9, 2009

Shippers Association March 11, 2009

Air and Sea Ports Authority March 26, 2009


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SAINT LUCIA AIR AND SEA PORT AUTHORITY ASSESSMENT. HOWEVER, THE ROLE OF THE TASK FORCE IS NOW WIDER:


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SAINT LUCIA AIR AND SEA PORT AUTHORITY ASSESSMENT. HOWEVER, THE ROLE OF THE TASK FORCE IS NOW WIDER:


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Do not call too many meetings! People are busy; ASSESSMENT. HOWEVER, THE ROLE OF THE TASK FORCE IS NOW WIDER:

Do not call too little! You loose momentum;

Call necessary meetings & provide a draft agenda;

Smaller meetings of specific agencies;

Give sufficient time to review documents for meetings;

STRICT deadlines.

How to keep momentum


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HOW TO KEEP MOMENTUM ASSESSMENT. HOWEVER, THE ROLE OF THE TASK FORCE IS NOW WIDER:

  • Keep persons informed;

  • Team Building exercises;

  • Trade Facilitation work with other agencies.


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SEA PORT VISIT BY TASK FORCE ASSESSMENT. HOWEVER, THE ROLE OF THE TASK FORCE IS NOW WIDER:


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SEA PORT VISIT BY TASK FORCE ASSESSMENT. HOWEVER, THE ROLE OF THE TASK FORCE IS NOW WIDER:


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Attendance at meetings; ASSESSMENT. HOWEVER, THE ROLE OF THE TASK FORCE IS NOW WIDER:

Agencies following negotiating proposals;

Technical nature of the proposals;

Too much information particularly for the private sector;

Financing.

Problems in keeping task force functioning


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Snacks, rotate venue, guest speakers; ASSESSMENT. HOWEVER, THE ROLE OF THE TASK FORCE IS NOW WIDER:

Agency reps present NA findings (ownership);

Technical & legal officers attend meetings;

Presentation on trade facilatitation work e.g. Benchmark Study;

Team building activities;

Categorizing proposals.

Possible solutions


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Visit Air Cargo transit shed in Hewanorra; ASSESSMENT. HOWEVER, THE ROLE OF THE TASK FORCE IS NOW WIDER:

Present to remaining agencies on the task force and agencies who were not present at the needs assessment;

Review results of the needs assessment;

Presentation on various TF work, border reform and modernization activities e.g. CLOVIS.

Plans


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PRESENTATION ON ASYCUDA++ ASSESSMENT. HOWEVER, THE ROLE OF THE TASK FORCE IS NOW WIDER:


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COLLABORATION (Regional) ASSESSMENT. HOWEVER, THE ROLE OF THE TASK FORCE IS NOW WIDER:

  • OECS Secretariat: support & coordination

  • OECS Technical mission: support & coordination

  • Saint Kitts: document sharing


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SAINT LUCIA’S TASK FORCE ASSESSMENT. HOWEVER, THE ROLE OF THE TASK FORCE IS NOW WIDER:


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T ASSESSMENT. HOWEVER, THE ROLE OF THE TASK FORCE IS NOW WIDER:HANKYOU


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Permanent Secretary: MR. LEO TITUS PREVILLE ASSESSMENT. HOWEVER, THE ROLE OF THE TASK FORCE IS NOW WIDER:

Ava Marius

Commerce and Industry Officer

Ministry of Commerce, Industry & Consumer Affairs

4th Floor Heraldine Rock Building

Waterfront, Castries

Saint Lucia

Tel: 1(758) 468-4216/18

Fax: 1(758) 453-7347

Email: [email protected]

Contact information


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