SAINT LUCIA TRADE FACILITATION TASK FORCE
TN/TF/W/143/Rev.2WTO 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.
28 PERSONS REPRESENTING 14 AGENCIES 1 representative; 1 alternate Both members invited to meetings; Both members receive documents. COMPOSITION
PRIVATE SECTOR Small Business Association Customs Brokers Shippers Chamber of Commerce Coalition of Services Manufacturers Association
PUBLIC SECTOR Trade, Commerce and Industry (Chairs); Customs (Co-chairs); Agriculture; Health; Attorney General’s Chambers; External Affairs; Economic Affairs.
STATUTORY BOARDS Air and Sea Port Authority; Bureau of Standards.
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 CABINET OF MINISTERS AUTHORISED THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE TASK FORCE AND ITS COMPOSITION.
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
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
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
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  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 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
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
HOW TO KEEP MOMENTUM • Keep persons informed; • Team Building exercises; • Trade Facilitation work with other agencies.
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
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
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) • OECS Secretariat: support & coordination • OECS Technical mission: support & coordination • Saint Kitts: document sharing
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@example.com Contact information