Basseterre, St. Kitts, October 13, 2022 (SKNBS): Minister of International Trade et al., the
Right Honourable Dr. Denzil Douglas along with Permanent Secretary Jasemin Weekes
traversed to Barbados for the October 11 to 12, 2022 Joint CARIFORUM – EU Ministerial
In his remarks at the meeting, Minister Douglas stated that the subject of de-risking policies on
global banks continues to be a threat to the region’s economies and called for timely solutions.
“For small open economies such as ours where international transaction flows play a critical role
in our economic development, a complete closure or near closure to the international financial
payment system would have crippling effects on our economies,” he said. “…I trust that as we
can uncover timely solutions as we collaborate on issues of mutual interest. We look forward to
some balance between these regulatory de-risking regimes and the ability of our customers to
conduct their businesses in a more seamless way. It is time that we put an end to this global de-
risking phenomenon that has undesirably affected certain classes of business, customers, and
jurisdictions in the Caribbean.”
The purpose of the meeting was to witness the launch of a new framework for EU-
CARIFORUM cooperations that is outlined in the Caribbean Regional Multi-Annual Indicative
Program and to offer political direction for CARIFORUM-EU cooperation and upcoming flag
The meeting of CARIFORUM Ministers and EU Commissioner, Jutta Urpilainen, resulted in
candid and vigorous discussions with achievable results. The Post Cotonou Agreement
established goals for the Caribbean that consider the region’s unique characteristics and the small
economies’ inherent susceptibility to outside shocks. Promotion of commerce and development,
as well as the shift to a sustainable and diverse economy that fosters growth and quality jobs,
were a few of these goals.
As a member of CARIFORUM, St. Kitts and Nevis continues to receive finances from many
EU-funded initiatives, such as the 11th EDF, which will expire at the end of 2022 and be
replaced by the Neighbourhood Development and International Cooperation Instrument
(NDICI). The discussion of this new avenue for development collaboration was a top priority.
Since the signing of the first LOME Agreement, the region has had a steady engagement with the
The Cotonou Agreement will be replaced as a source of development aid to CARIFORUM by
the cooperation agreement between the European Union and the members of the Organization of
the African, Caribbean, and Pacific States (OACPS) Post Cotonou Agreement. The Agreement’s
overarching goal is to fortify political alliances in order to produce outcomes that are
advantageous to both parties.