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Online Training

The SRC offers three (3) online courses to develop a cadre of persons skilled in Competition, Procurement and Customs Administration. 

These courses are:

  • Competition Law and the Economics of Competition Law
  • Public Procurement 
  • Customs and Trade Facilitation.

 

The first group of persons to complete these courses were 50 government officials from 13 countries which began on January 19, 2017. 

Course Description

INTR 6012- PUBLIC PROCUREMENT: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE CARIBBEAN 
The course introduces participants to the issues of relevance to the conduct of public procurement, which accounts for some 30% of GDP in the Caribbean. It discusses how procurement can be used to promote sustainable economic and social development, as well as to safeguard the environment, while ensuring transparency, competition and integrity in the award of public contracts.

The course covers the full procurement cycle as well as recent innovations in procurement policy, such as public private partnerships and e-procurement. The regional and international trade dimensions of procurement policy are also covered. These modern public procurement strategies are generally addressed as they apply in international best practice, as well as examination and analyses of their suitability/adaptability to the Caribbean context.

The entire course is grounded in the specific conditions in small, developing and vulnerable economies, as the relevance of the broader canon of literature of public procurement, which has a larger developed economy context, will be interpreted in the Caribbean context.

Assessment will be based on class participation and assignments. 


INTR 6125 COMPETITION LAW AND THE ECONOMICS OF COMPETITION FOR DEVELOPING COUNTRIES 
The programme aims to deepen students’ knowledge of the provisions of competition law, building on the foundation that was provided at the Level 2 workshops or the electives in competition in the MSc in Trade Policy and the LLM at the Law Faculty at Cave Hill.

Students will be taught to apply economic reasoning and tests in investigation of competition cases. No prior knowledge of economics is required. Finally, the programme will promote increased understanding of how to interpret economic evidence, prepare lawyers for presenting economic evidence in court, dealing with economic experts, and use of the Daubert Jurisprudence that developed in the US.
 
The entire programme is grounded in the specific conditions in developing countries and small economies, use of cases and materials from developing countries in tutorials and encouraging a critical approach in reading materials, seeking relevance to one’s own situation.

Assessment will be based on class participation and assignments.



INTR 6126 CUSTOMS ADMINISTRATION AND TRADE FACILITATION
The course aims to deepen students’ knowledge of the customs administration and trade facilitation practices among CARIFORUM countries and their role in improving the domestic and international competitiveness of CARIFORUM-based firms.
 
There will be a particular focus on implementation issues with respect to the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the EU and CARIFORUM countries’ international trade obligations more generally.
 
The course will cover a number of key technical core Customs topics with students having the opportunity to specialize in three related areas.
 
Topics include:

  •  International customs and trade facilitation instruments;
  •  Managing customs administration human resources;
  •  International best practices in customs operations; and
  •  Intelligence management.

 
Assessment will be based on class participation and assignments. 



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