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    My Journey South: Tracing developments on Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Latin America and the Caribbean

    By Chelceé Brathwaite Artificial Intelligence (AI) in South America – Setting the Bar for the Caribbean While some still consider AI to be beyond the grasp of developing countries, our South American neighbours have been shattering that stereotype.  AI is being deployed in a number of their endeavours:  to speed up artefact findings in Peru; to increase crop yields in Colombian rice fields through AI-powered platforms; to boost security and enhance customer service in Brazil’s banking sector; to create vegan alternatives with the same taste and texture as animal-based foods in Chile’s food industry; to predict school dropouts and teenage…

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    Why the WTO Appellate Body Crisis Matters to the Caribbean

    Dr. Jan Yves Remy and Alicia Nicholls The Appellate Body (AB) of the World Trade Organization (WTO) – the final court charged with hearing appeals on points of law at the WTO – faces an existential crisis. On 10 December  2019, the terms of two of its remaining three members – the quorum needed to adjudicate an appeal – will expire. Their positions will not be filled if the current United States (US) blockage of appointments continues. This means that new appeals of panel decisions will not be heard after that date.   Given Caribbean countries’ limited and ‘checkered’ experience…

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    JOB OPPORTUNITY: Trade Marketing Manager

    The West India Biscuit Company Ltd. is seeking to recruit a proactive and results-oriented individual to fill the position of Trade Marketing Manager within their Commercial Department. Deadline for application is November 22. Please see the job advertisement below for further details:

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    “Opting Out” of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas? The Significance of the CCJ’s Pending Advisory Opinion

    Dr. Jan Yves Remy and Alicia Nicholls The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) will mark another milestone in its decade and a half history when it shortly delivers its first advisory opinion pursuant to Article 212 of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas (RTC). Late last month, the Court held a publically broadcast two-day hearing where it heard oral submissions from counsel of the CARICOM Secretariat, Member States and Caribbean law faculties from which it had received written submissions.  The subject-matter of the advisory opinion concerns the circumstances under which it is lawful for CARICOM Member States to “opt-out” of CARICOM…

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    IDB Call for Research Proposals on blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT)

    The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), in collaboration with the Shridath Ramphal Centre of the University of the West Indies, is inviting researchers to submit research proposals (two-page abstracts) that propose use-cases for how blockchain based technological solutions can mitigate private sector development challenges in the Caribbean. A maximum of four (4) proposals will be selected to receive a minimum of USD$1,000.00 and to work with a committee to develop each research paper over a period of three months. The preliminary findings of the selected research proposals will be presented and validated at a date and venue to be determined by…

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    Revitalization of the Agricultural Sector in the Caribbean : Promoting Domestic Agriculture as a solution

    By Neil C.A. Paul What is the current situation with respect to Caribbean agriculture? A decimated Windward Islands banana industry, struggling to regain some semblance of the glory days, following the now infamous World Trade Organization (WTO) decisions pertaining to preferential access for Caribbean bananas to the European Union (EU) market. The Caribbean sugar industry, too, has lost its kingly status in a world that doesn’t need cane sugar anymore, with the many alternatives such as Stevia and Beet sugar. In addition, high labour costs, high costs of imported inputs and low levels of productivity, which, in some cases is…

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    OECS Workshop on E-Commerce

    The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission, in collaboration with the Commonwealth Secretariat, will host a workshop for officials of OECS Member States on the trade-related aspects of electronic commerce (e-commerce).  The workshop will take place at the Harbour Club Hotel, Saint Lucia on 31st October and 1st November 2019 and will focus on continuing negotiations at the World Trade Organisation (WTO). These negotiations are being followed by the OECS Geneva Mission on behalf of OECS Member States. Read more here.

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    9th Conference of the Postgraduate and Early Professionals/Academics Network of the Society of International Economic Law (PEPA/SIEL) 2019

    The conference is organised by the PEPA/SIEL in collaboration with the International Law Forum and other sponsors at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. SIEL’s Postgraduate and Early Professionals/Academics Network (PEPA/SIEL) is, among other things, interested in fostering collaboration and mentoring opportunities for emerging academics and professionals in International Economic Law (IEL). PEPA/SIEL fulfils these goals through various activities such as organising conferences at which emerging IEL academics and professionals can present and discuss their research in a supportive and welcoming environment. We are pleased to announce that the 9th Conference will take place on 17-19 May, 2020 at the Hebrew University…

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    CCJ to hold first hearing of a request for an Advisory Opinion

    According to a media advisory released by the Caribbean Court of Justice, the Court will convene a hearing for further directions in an Advisory Opinion being sought by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). The two-day hearing will take place on October 22-23, 2019. The Advisory Opinion request concerns whether a Member State can, pursuant to Article 27(4) of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas, lawfully opt-out of a decision of the Conference of the Heads of Government taken under Article 46(4) concerning the expansion of classes of persons entitled to work and move freely in the Community and whether the nationals of…

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    Reform WTO and resist protectionism, say Commonwealth trade ministers

    Trade ministers from across the Commonwealth today made a commitment to resist all forms of protectionism, and to work urgently together towards reforming the World Trade Organisation, which sets the global rules for international trade. Following a meeting in London, ministers from the 53 Commonwealth member countries declared their collective support for free trade in a transparent, inclusive, fair and open multilateral trading system, with the WTO as its core institution. They agreed that any WTO reform should take into account the views of all members, underlining the special circumstances of the developing and the least developed countries, as well…

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