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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
SAINT LUCIA

TRADE FACILITATION TASK FORCE

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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.

composition

28 PERSONS REPRESENTING 14 AGENCIES

1 representative; 1 alternate

Both members invited to meetings;

Both members receive documents.

COMPOSITION

private sector

PRIVATE SECTOR

Small Business Association

Customs Brokers

Shippers

Chamber of Commerce

Coalition of Services

Manufacturers Association

public sector

PUBLIC SECTOR

Trade, Commerce and Industry (Chairs);

Customs (Co-chairs);

Agriculture;

Health;

Attorney General’s Chambers;

External Affairs;

Economic Affairs.

statutory boards

STATUTORY BOARDS

Air and Sea Port Authority;

Bureau of Standards.

coordiantion

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
authority
AUTHORITY

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

role of the task force
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
meetings

Introduction; August 2008

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 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

national needs assessment conducted as part of a sub regional exercise

Saint Kitts, Saint Vincent and Saint Lucia

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
trade facilitation overview of findings
TRADE FACILITATION 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%)

post needs assessment
POST needs 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

how to keep momentum
Do not call too many meetings! People are busy;

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
  • Keep persons informed;
  • Team Building exercises;
  • Trade Facilitation work with other agencies.
problems in keeping task force functioning
Attendance at meetings;

Agencies following negotiating proposals;

Technical nature of the proposals;

Too much information particularly for the private sector;

Financing.

Problems in keeping task force functioning
p ossible solutions
Snacks, rotate venue, guest speakers;

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
plans
Visit Air Cargo transit shed in Hewanorra;

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
collaboration regional
COLLABORATION (Regional)
  • OECS Secretariat: support & coordination
  • OECS Technical mission: support & coordination
  • Saint Kitts: document sharing
c ontact information
Permanent Secretary: MR. LEO TITUS PREVILLE

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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