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Trade Policy of Saint Lucia - Selected Documents
This section centralises information relating to St. Lucia's national trade policy. Government trade policy overviews, national development strategy papers as well as information on agreements, regulations, standards, and the investment climate are also presented in this section.
St. Lucia's trade policy is clearly not developed in isolation, but rather within a regional and global trade context. Over the years, the number of commitments derived from participation in the World Trade Organisation (WTO), as well as CARICOM, the OECS, and other regional trade fora has increased. As such, documents that provide some insight into these regional and global policy frameworks have been included.

National Trade Policy
"Saint Lucia takes very seriously its obligations as a member of the WTO. The country faces major challenges, however, in the liberalised trading environment.
Saint Lucia’s economy is small, the island geographically disadvantaged and highly vulnerable to natural disasters. With limited natural resource endowments Saint Lucia relies heavily on a few economic sectors. The small internal market and small size of firms makes it difficult to realise economies of scale. In addition, economic diversification is challenging and there is a high degree of product and market concentration in exports. Moreover, the country suffers from administrative, institutional and human resource limitations that impact its ability to effectively participate in the WTO."
Goverment Report to the WTO 2001

General Policy Documents
Main Policy Documents
Medium Term Economic Strategy
Government of Saint Lucia
OECS Development Charter
OECS Secretariat

Budget Policy
Budget Address 2008-2009
Budget Address 2007-2008
Budget Address 2006-2007
Budget Address 2005-2006
Budget Address 2004-2005
Budget Address 2003-2004
Budget Address 2002-2003
Budget Address 2001-2002
Government of Saint Lucia

Agricultural Policy
Agricultural Policy Framework for the OECS, 2003
OECS Secretariat

Social Policy Framework
Social Policy Framework, 2001
Legal Framework
External Trade Agreements

Preferential Schemes

Bilateral Investment Treaties

Trade Related Legislation
Intellectual Property Rights
Labour legislation
Trade Policy Documents
WTO Trade Policy Review of Saint Lucia, 2007
Government Report Government of Saint Lucia
WTO Secretariat Report WTO Secretariat

WTO Trade Policy Review of the OECS, 2007
Government Report Government of Saint Lucia
WTO Secretariat Report WTO Secretariat

WTO Trade Policy Review of St. Lucia, 2001
Government Report Government of Saint Lucia
WTO Secretariat Report WTO Secretariat Report

WTO Trade Policy Review of the OECS, 2001
Report by the Governments of the OECS OECS Governments
WTO Secretariat Report WTO Secretariat Report

Other Documents
RNM/OECS Country Study to Inform Trade Negotiations, 2001 Lazarre, A., Antoinne, P. Samuel W.
Redefining Tourism as an Export and Development Opportunity Government of Saint Lucia

Regional & Global Context
  St. Lucia is a founding member of the Caribbean Common Market and Community (CARICOM). St. Lucia has participated in the GATT since April of 1993 and in the WTO since January 1995.

  Regional Level

Background Information, Legal Framework, External Agreements, On-going Negotiations, and more information.

Background Information, Legal Framework, Institutions, and Studies. Also,

WTO Trade Policy Review, 2007
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IMF Consultation with ECCU, 2003
   - Staff Report I
   - Staff Report II
Trade Policy Review of the OECS, 2001
   - Governments' Report
   - WTO Report

  Global Level
  The World Trade Organisation-WTO
Understanding the WTO, The Agreements, Settlling Disputes, Cross-Cutting and New Issues, The Doha Agenda, Developing Countries, The Organization.

► Other International Organisations
Reports & Country Strategies on Saint Lucia
Doing Business, 2009
World Bank
EU - Aid for Trade Monitoring Report, 2008
World Trade Organisation
CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agrmt
Economic Survey of the Caribbean 2007-2008
Economic Survey of the Caribbean 2006-2007
IMF Art.IV Consultation, 2008
IMF Art.IV Consultation, 2007
IMF Art.IV Consultation, 2006
IMF Art.IV Consultation, 2004
Staff for the Consultation with Saint Lucia
Increasing Linkages of Tourism with... , 2008
Towards a New Agenda for Growth, 2005
World Bank
Earlier Caribbean Currency Union, 2006
Earlier Caribbean Currency Union, 2005
World Bank Country Strategy, 2005
World Bank Country Strategy, 2001
World Bank
Relevant Publications
On Saint Lucia
EC Country Strategy, 2008
E-Commerce and its Relevance to the Caribbean, Regional & World Trade Agenda 2003 Jean, A.
National Report to the World Summit On Sustainable Development, 2001 Ministry of Planning of Saint Lucia
Saint Lucia- European Community Country Strategy Paper, 2001 EU Commission and the Government of Saint Lucia
Impact of the Proposals on Small and Developing CARICOM States, 2001 Bardouille, N.
Trade Policies and Prospects of the Eastern Caribbean States in the New Global Economy, 2000 De Rosa, D.
Saint Lucia: Country Strategy Paper for the Banana Industry , 1999 UNCTAD

On Trade Policy
World Trade Organisation: Trade Report 2009
World Trade Organisation: Trade Report 2008
World Trade Organisation: Trade Report 2007
World Trade Organisation: Trade Report 2006
World Trade Organisation: Trade Report 2005
World Trade Organisation: Trade Report 2004
World Trade Organisation: Trade Report 2003

On the Regional and Global Context
Taccone, J. and Nogueira, U (coordinators), 2002: CARICOM Report
Barclay, L; Henry, R and James, V, 2001: Trade Policy and Caribbean Development
Bernal, R: Globalisation and Small Developing Countries (source: CRNM website)
Dos Santos, P and Bain, L, 2004: Survey of the Caribbean Tax Systems
More Information
  Off-site links to:
Government of Saint Lucia
Specialised Governmental Agencies
Business and Other Organisations
Regional and International Organisations