The EU and the Caribbean seal an economic partnership with ground-breaking trade deal : extracts from the signature
End production: 16/10/2008 First transmission: 16/10/2008
Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Administrative Affairs, Audit and Anti-Fraud, and Karl-Friedrich Falkenberg, Deputy Director General of DG Trade of the EC, took part in the signing ceremony of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the Cariforum and the European Union.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior views of the Sherbourne Conference Centre (3 shots)
||General views of the conference room (2 shots)
||Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Administrative Affairs, Audit and Anti-Fraud, (in ENGLISH) saying that it is a very sophisticated agreement which gives a lot of opportunities to Caribbean countries and also to Europe because it follows the logic of the EU of having a fair and open trade with all countries in the world; Caribbean countries will have a fair trade with the EU, lots of advantages and opportunities for investments, for providing services, which means employment; so, it is a very strong and positive message
||Karl-Friedrich Falkenberg, Deputy Director General of DG Trade of the EC, (in ENGLISH) saying that it is a historic agreement; it fills the empty pages of the Cotonou agreement where they had decided in 1999 that they would negotiate the trade part as economic partnership agreements; this now is the achievement of that moment; and it sets a very new relationship between the region and Europe which is based on regional integration, strengthening the economy in the Caribbean countries, diversifying the economy, attracting investment, improving the services side, and basically building a lasting stronger relationship between Europe and the Cariforum region
||Karl-Friedrich Falkenberg (in ENGLISH) saying that it was four years of very hard negotiating process and this is not surprising as this agreement is an agreement for reform; it is an agreement for change, it introduces new concepts, new areas; even in negotiation they have been testing new ground; they have sought over the four years to involve civil society, to involve Parliaments; they held meetings with the social and economic partners, with unions, with farmers, with industrialists; so, it has been a very wide effort trying to integrate the widest number of actors on the Caribbean side; because they will have to cease upon the opportunities that this trade agreement is beginning to offer; they will have to make it a success
||Karl-Friedrich Falkenberg (in ENGLISH) saying that it will make more secure the access of traditional goods into the European market: rice, rum, sugar, bananas; but more importantly, it will offer opportunities for diversification, for new products to be traded between Europe and the Caribbean, and therefore we need investment, we need people who are beginning to diversify this economy, we need better services, we need to strengthen the telecommunications, the international transportation of goods from this region; we want to open up to entertainers from this region to be more present in Europe; there are lots of skills, talents there and this agreement should open opportunities for them to cease
||Cariforum Members signing the agreement (4 shots)
||EU Members signing the agreement (7 shots)
||Barbados scenery shots (4 shots)