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Talks back on track, but Canadians drive a hard bargain in trade negotiations — stakeholders

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AFTER a lengthy impasse, negotiations in the long-awaited Caricom-Canada trade agreement are back on track, but Canadian officials remain extremely tough, according to industry insiders.

Caricom and Canadian officials are in talks for a deal to replace the Caribbean-Canada Trade Agreement (CARIBCAN), a preferential arrangement under which most regional items enjoy duty-free access to the Canadian market, but which the World Trade Organisation (WTO) has ruled as unfair. Negotiations broke down last year due to a confluence of sticking points, including issues around market access.

Published in the Jamaica Observer
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