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2010: Canada-CARICOM Trade & Development Agreement

Monday, January 18, 2010 (All day) - Friday, January 22, 2010 (All day)

This simulation was the second negotiation simulation hosted by the CTPL and the University of West Indies. This year, students pursuing an M.Sc. in International Trade Policy at the University of the West Indies and law students from the University of Ottawa Common Law participated in a week long Canada-CARICOM free trade agreement negotiation simulation. For the LL.B. students, the simulation was part of a three week long course called Stragetic Trade Policy in Context taught by Terry Collins-Williams, Bill Dymond, Monique Moreau, and Phil Rourke. The simuluation provided students from both universities with the oppourtunity to combine their in-class knowledge with the practical dynamics of real life negotiations. The students were divided in two teams, each representing Canada or CARICOM, with each team selecting a chief negotiator. Advisors were assigned to each team to assist in developing a trade strategy. Under the supervision of coaches, students planned negotiating mandates and strategies and drafted various statements and texts to be presented during the simulation. This simulation provided students with an excellent opportunity to gain practical experience in the preparation and negotiation of a forward-looking international trade and development agreement. By the end of the week, the negotiating parties developed a Trade and Development Agreement which included text on goods, services, investment, trade and development, trade and labour, and trade and environment.

Before the group left Barbados, they presented the results of their negotiation to the CARICOM negotiating team. On February 11, 2010, the group reassembled with their coaches and presented their work to a dozen officials at Foreign Affairs and International Trade, many of them directly involved in the actual negotiations.  David Plunkett, the Chief Trade Negotiator (Bilateral and Regional), welcomed the students and complimented them on their negotiation skills.  “My colleagues and I,” he stated, “will be going through your text looking for good ideas to go forward with.”  The simulation was described by others as a “fascinating experiment.”

This year's simulation benefited from the support of the CIGI, who sponsored Mr. John Curtis (coach for the Services group) and Mr. Daniel Schwanen (coach for the environment group) as coaches for the simulation.