Background and Negotiations

On 19 January 2001, Canada and CARICOM announced, at the Canada-CARICOM Summit in Montego Bay, Jamaica, their intention to initiate discussions towards a possible Canada-CARICOM free trade agreement. Canada and CARICOM announce the launch of free trade negotiations on 19 July 2007 in Bridgetown, Barbados. Since that time, the CARICOM Secretariat, the CRNM and Canadian officials have met to exchange information and to engage in exploratory discussions on the scope of the negotiations and the approach to negotiations. In addition, two Meetings of the CARICOM Technical Working Group on CARICOM Canada negotiations were convened in June and November 2008. On 11 September 2009, Canada and CARICOM agreed to begin negotiations in early November 2009. The first round of negotiations took place on 09 November 2009. The second round of negotiations was held on 29-30 March 2010.

Documents relating to the negotiations
29- 30 March 2010 Bridgetown, Barbados. Second round of negotiations PDF new
09 November 2009 Christ Church, Barbados. First round of negotiations PDF
11 September 2009 Canada and CARICOM to begin negotiations in November PDF
19 July 2007 Canada and CARICOM launch free trade negotiations PDF
01 March 2005 CARICOM and Canadian trade officials optimistic about way forward in trade talksWord document
28 May 2004 Regional Trade Officials Consult on CARICOM-Canada Trade TalksWord document
19 March 2001 CARICOM/Canada Working Group begins trade talksPDF
19 December 2001 Canada to begin consultations on free trade agreement with Caribbean CommunityPDF
Sources: Caribbean Regional Negotiating Machinery; CARICOM Secretariat; Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada


Recent Developments
  29-30 March 2010. Canada and CARICOM to begin second round of negotiations new