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Monitoring trade agreements: improving export performance and promoting industrialization in the goods-producing economies of the Caribbean

Sheldon McLean and Ranjit Singh

No 65, Studies and Perspectives – ECLAC Subregional Headquarters for The Caribbean from Naciones Unidas Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL)

Abstract: This study focuses on the identification of the challenges and capacity constraints faced by enterprises in the sub-region in exploiting trade opportunities provided by Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) and Partial Scope Agreements (PSAs). It concentrates on the goods sector and case studies for Belize, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago, and seeks to develop a strategic framework aimed at addressing these challenges and constraints, thereby creating a platform for economic diversification and export expansion. It explores the recent trade performance of the countries in question under selected trade agreements; identifies challenges and constraints faced by exporters in these countries; and presents possible avenues for strengthening export expansion both at the intensive and extensive margins.

Keywords: CONVENIOS COMERCIALES; EXPANSION DEL COMERCIO; COMERCIO INTERNACIONAL; MERCANCIAS; DESARROLLO DE LAS EXPORTACIONES; DIVERSIFICACION DE LAS EXPORTACIONES; DIVERSIFICACION DE LA PRODUCCION; INDUSTRIALIZACION; ESTRATEGIAS DEL DESARROLLO; CARICOM; ESTUDIOS DE CASOS; TRADE AGREEMENTS; TRADE EXPANSION; INTERNATIONAL TRADE; GOODS; EXPORT DEVELOPMENT; EXPORT DIVERSIFICATION; PRODUCTION DIVERSIFICATION; INDUSTRIALIZATION; DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES; CARICOM; CASE STUDIES (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2018-01-31
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