OECS Workshop on Competition Law, Consumer Protection and Anti-dumping – Antigua, 2-3 May, 2013

The OECS Secretariat (Secretariat) convened a meeting to discuss substantive matters pertaining to the implementation of competition, consumer protection and antidumping laws within the OECS single market. This initiative was in response to the need for OECS Member States to:

(a) enact competition laws, (b) establish competition agencies, and (c) have the relevant consumer protection legislation in accordance with Chapter VIII of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas.

The meeting also took into consideration the commitments of the OECS under the competition chapter of the Economic and Partnership Agreement (EPA) and Member States’ recourse to antidumping measures under the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

To add some perspective on the two-day discussions, as well as to obtain technical advice from already established competition and consumer protection agencies in the region, the OECS Secretariat also invited representatives from the Jamaica Fair Trading Commission (JFTC), the Barbados Fair Trading Commission (BFTC) and the CARICOM Competition Commission (CCC). Also invited to the meeting was a representative from the CARICOM Secretariat.

Dated: 6 May, 2013