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During the calendar year, the SRC coordinates several regional workshops, seminars and simulations on a range of topics.

WTO-UWI/SRC Regional Trade Policy Course 2014-2017
The Shridath Ramphal Centre (SRC) co-delivered an annual eight-week Regional Trade Policy Course during the April-June period with the Institute for Training and Technical Cooperation (ITTC) of the World Trade Organization (WTO).  The goal of the course was to enhance the human and institutional capacity of WTO Members in the Caribbean to take full advantage of their participation in the International Trading System. To date, 64 participants have successfully completed this training programme.

The eight-week course covers the fundamentals of international trade agreements, trade policy analysis, trade negotiations, and international trade strategy. The content and format of the RTPC course is based on a standardized template developed by the WTO for delivery in all regions of the world. Cooperation with a regional partner provided the opportunity to tailor the course to the context and interests of the regional grouping of countries participating in the course.

Trade and Health Seminar (2016)
The Shridath Ramphal Centre in collaboration with the Faculty of Law, hosted a seminar on Trade and Health on March 23, 2016. The seminar sought to educate the public on the important linkages between trade and health as well as to explore how the two regimes can be mutually supportive. The seminar discussed health/consumer related issues in the WTO dispute settlement including the WTO plain packaging dispute against Australia. It commented more broadly on governments’ scope to implement strong relevant and effective health regimes in light of their WTO obligations as well as the opportunities for governments to proactively use multilateral trade rules to advance their health/tourism services.

Trade Negotiations Simulation on a Prospective CARICOM-Brazil Trade and Development Agreement (2008-2016)
The SRC collaborated with the Centre for Trade Policy and Law (CTPL) at Carleton University/University of Ottawa since 2008 in the joint delivery of a trade negotiation simulation to provide practical experience on how to design and negotiate a trade agreement that advances the region's interests. The negotiation issues included: goods, services, investment, creative industries and development cooperation. Under the supervision of coaches, students planned negotiating mandates and strategies, drafted statement and texts used during the plenary sessions, and prepared legal text that represented the negotiation outcome at the end of the simulation. 

Gendered Impacts Of Trade And Gendered Opportunities (GITGO) (2015)
The SRC along with the Caribbean Institute for Women In Leadership (CIWIL) and the Centre for Trade Policy  and Law (CTPL)  collaborated on a project called ‘Gendered Impacts of Trade and Gendered Opportunities (GITGO)’.

A planning meeting was held at the Shridath Ramphal Centre (SRC), UWI on January 19, 2015. The project, funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) aimed at producing materials on Trade and Gender in the Caribbean in the form of video modules on YouTube. The modules are designed to give viewers an understanding of some of the main Caribbean Trade and Gender issues. Two modules consisting of six video clips were produced by the SRC. One module was calledGender and Trade in the Caribbean: General Introduction” and the other module was How can we know if we are making Progress”. The latter module focused on the Regional Food and Nutrition Security Policy and Action Plan[1]

South-South Mobility across the Caribbean (2012-2013)
The SRC was contracted by the ACP Observatory to coordinate the study on South-South Migration across the Caribbean.

The objective of this research was to explore the profile, stocks and flows of mobility within the Caribbean with a view to increasing the availability of quality data on South-South Migration and the developmental impact of migration in the Region. Ultimately, the research project aimed to foster learning and assessment of the role of South-South migration as a tool for policy makers in development planning within the Caribbean and ACP Region, as a whole. An additional aim was to conceptualize the gender dynamic in Caribbean migratory patterns and assessed the needs of migrants across the region.

 
Caribbean Conference On Trade Policy, Innovation Governance And Small State Competitiveness (2012)
The SRC organized and conducted an Inaugural Caribbean Conference on Trade Policy, Innovation Governance and Small State Competitiveness, in collaboration with Institute for International Relations, UWI, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Institute for Sustainable Development, UWI, Mona, Jamaica at the Accra Beach Hotel, 11th-14th June. This activity was partly funded by the WTO Chairs Programme.

The conference attracted co-sponsorship from:
  • Shridath Ramphal Centre (US$7,500)
  • Institute of International Relations (US$5,000)
  • UWI Office for Research (US$5,000).

The proceedings of the conference are published under the ISBN 978-976-621-172. Selected papers were reviewed for publication in the Journal of East Caribbean Studies , March/April 2013.
 
Brainstorming Workshop On Migration And Trade In Goods And Services ( 2012).
The brainstorming workshop was held in Kingston, Jamaica, July 2-4, in conjunction with the Commonwealth Secretariat as part of the Experts Meeting on the Development Benefits and Costs of Migration in Small States.
The workshop generated significant press coverage including radio and television interviews. Joint publications with the Commonwealth Secretariat are being developed. (please click here for online interview)

Caribbean-Wide On-line Distance Education Facility (2012-2013)
This project funded by the Knowledge Partner Korean Fund for Technology and Innovation (KPK) of the International Development Bank (IDB) was completed in January 2013. The online programme is part of a wider attempt by the University to build trade capacity within the region to address the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities of trade liberalization. Through the technical assistance provided, the SRC has begun to augment and complement the current classroom programme through the online facility.
 
Strategic Opportunities in Caribbean Migration: Brain Circulation, Diasporic Tourism and Investment (2009-2012)
This research project focused on the strategic opportunities in Caribbean migration and their trade and development implications.
 
The project aimed to devise strategies to maximize the positive development effects of migration while minimizing or mitigating negative ones such as those which impact gender. The research identifies the existing and potential benefits of these phenomena. It also identifies the policy recommendations with respect to both CARICOM’s internal trade and development strategies as well as CARICOM’s separate bilateral trade initiatives with the European Union and Canada.

The IDRC funded Research project was formally completed July 2012. The findings were extended through workshops and a screening of a video production, “Forward Home : The power of the Caribbean Diaspora”, which was one of the outputs of the project. The research findings provides policy recommendations with respect to both CARICOM’s internal trade and development strategies, as well as CARICOM’s separate bilateral trade initiatives with the European Union and Canada. 
 
[1] Caricom Secretariat – Regional Food and Nutrition Security Policy and Action Plan.