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UWI IIR hosts Canadian Senior Trade Commissioner

For Release Upon Receipt - June 18, 2010

St. Augustine

The University of the West Indies (UWI) Institute of International Relations (IIR) hosted two days of workshops on Thursday 17th and Friday 18th June, 2010, focusing on increasing awareness of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), and trade-related labour and gender issues in the context of the CARICOM/Canada negotiations.

Key speakers were Mr Frédéric Fournier, Senior Trade Commissioner, Canadian High Commission to Trinidad and Tobago; Professor Timothy Shaw, UWI IIR Director; Ms Shantal Munroe Knight, Senior Programme Officer, Caribbean Policy Development Centre (CPDC); and Ms Nelcia Robinson Hazell, Coordinator of Trinidad and Tobago National Working Committees on Trade (NWCT).


The EPA workshops brought together a broad group of stakeholders to provide information on the nature of the EPA Agreement, to provide an analysis of the current status of implementation, and to facilitate a discussion on the likely sectoral impact of the EPA. Participants explored the issues involved in trade and labour agreements, and examined the region’s obligations with regard to International Trade Agreements.

For more information, please contact Annita Montoute at or (868) 662 2002 Ext. 3239, or Professor Timothy Shaw at or 662 2002 Ext. 2011 or 2010. For the latest UWI News, click

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