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The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)prepares for WTO fisheries subsidies talks April 18,2017   |  Source: St Lucia Times

The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission has begun consultations to develop an OECS brief for negotiations on the rules that govern fisheries subsidies in the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

The first meeting convened via online web-conference on Friday April 7th 2017 and was attended by senior trade and fisheries officials from OECS Member States and representatives from the OECS Commission’s Trade Policy Unit, Economic Development Policy Unit, Oceans Governance and Fisheries Division, and the Geneva Mission.

Pursuant to the Doha Development Agenda and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14.6, a representative of the OECS Geneva Mission updated the meeting on current negotiations within the WTO framework to clarify and improve disciplines on fisheries subsidies.

SDG 14.6 calls for prohibiting certain forms of fisheries subsidies that contribute to overcapacity and overfishing, eliminating subsidies that contribute to illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, and refraining from introducing new such subsidies by 2020.

OECS Oceans Governance and Fisheries Coordinator, Mr. David Robin, presented an overview of the fisheries sector in the OECS to the Member States.

Mr. Robin outlined specific elements relating to the management and

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