On October 2008 the European Union (EU) and the CARIFORUM countries (Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago) signed an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). It was the first time that the EU specifically included the cultural sector in a trade agreement. The cultural provisions were aimed at increasing trade and cultural exchange between the EU and the CARIFORUM countries.
The study was carried out by the KEA office in Brussels. Its title is "Implementing cultural provisions of CARIFORUM-EU EPA: How do they benefit the Caribbean cultural sector?" and its objective was to gain a better understanding of how the cultural provisions of the CARIFORUM-EU EPA are being implemented in the EU and how the CARIFORUM countries can benefit from these provisions. It looks at the measures that still need to be taken by the EU Member States, CARIFORUM countries, and the operators of the culture and creative sector to ensure that the EPA can facilitate the development of these sectors in the Caribbean and increase the trade opportunities and cultural exchanges between the CARIFORUM countries and the EU Member States.
This report was prepared by KEA European Affairs for the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) as part of its work on EPA implementation.
To download the study (available in English only), please visit the Coalition for Cultural Diversity website.