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The Cariforum-EU EPA: why its good news for your business Presentation to the Doing Business with Europe Seminar Port of Spain, Monday 4 April 2011, 9.30am.

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1 The Cariforum-EU EPA: why its good news for your business Presentation to the Doing Business with Europe Seminar Port of Spain, Monday 4 April 2011, 9.30am Peter Thompson Director, Development and EPAs Trade Directorate-General European Commission, Brussels

2 Introduction Who I am, why Im here How Ill proceed 1. Benefits to your business - whatever your business 2. Benefits if you're a goods manufacturer 3. Benefits if youre a services supplier

3 1. Benefits to your business - whatever your business Lowers your costs Helps you do business more easily Offers you new ways to export and invest Gives your industry a chance to compete

4 2. Benefits if you produce goods Gives you fully free access to the EU Protects you if youre in a sensitive sector Offers you more flexible rules of origin

5 3. Benefits if you supply services Where do you need to be in order to offer your service? Can you supply this kind of service? You need to set up in the EU In almost all cases You can stay in the Caribbean In over 90% of cases You need to be in the EU Temporarily, in 29 fields

6 Conclusion A call to action Put the EPA to work for your business Use the support available to you Lobby your industry and regional bodies Good luck!

7 Thank you for your attention Peter Thompson Director, Development and EPAs Trade Directorate-General European Commission, Brussels E:


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