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Trade Policy of Trinidad and Tobago - Selected Documents
This section centralises information relating to Trinidad and Tobago' national trade policy. Government trade policy overviews and national development strategy papers as well as information on agreements, regulations, standards, and the investment climate are also included in this section.
Trinidad and Tobago' 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, 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
"...since 1991, the Government of Trinidad and Tobago has undertaken a number of measures in order to diversify the economy and promote sustainable export led growth and development...
The Trade Reform Programme is closely linked to initiatives to attract foreign investment and to facilitate the development of the domestic industrial base."
Goverment Report to the WTO, 1998

General Policy Documents
Main Policy Documents
Social & Economic Policy Framework 2007-10
Social & Economic Policy Framework 2005-07
Social & Economic Policy Framework 2003-05
Medium Term Policy Framework 2002-04
Government of Trinidad and Tobago

Budget Policy
2009 Budget Statement
2008 Budget Statement
2007 Budget Statement
2006 Budget Statement
2005 Budget Statement
2004 Budget Statement
2002-03 Budget Statement
2001 Budget Statement
Hon. Gerald Yetming, Minister of Finance

Agricultural Policy
Agriculture Sector Policy (2001-2005)
Ministry of Agriculture

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

Preferential Schemes

Bilateral Investment Treaties

Trade Related Legislation
Intellectual Property Rights
Commercial Guide
Trade Regulations and Standards, 2004
Investment Climate, 2004
US Department of Commerce
Trade Policy Documents
WTO Trade Policy Review, 1998
WTO Trade Policy Review, 2005
Government Report Government of Trinidad and Tobago
Structure of Trade Policy WTO Secretariat
Policies by Sector WTO Secretariat
Policies and Practices by Measure WTO Secretariat

Other Trade Policy Documents
Government Procurement Reform, 2004 Government of Trinidad and Tobago
Trade Sector Reform Programme, 2003 Government of Trinidad and Tobago
Bridging the Digital Divide A T&T Business Perspective National E-Commerce Secretariat

Regional & Global Context
  Trinidad and Tobago is a founding member of the Caribbean Common Market and Community (CARICOM). Trinidad and Tobago has participated in the GATT since October of 1962 and the WTO since January 1995.

  Regional Level

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

  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 Trinidad and Tobago
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, 2009
IMF Art.IV Consultation, 2008
IMF Art.IV Consultation, 2007
IMF Art.IV Consultation, 2006
IMF Art.IV Consultation, 2005
Staff for the Consultation with Trinidad and Tobago
IDB Country Strategy, 2004
IDB-Regional Operation Department 3
World Bank Country Strategy, 1999
LAC, World Bank

Relevant Publications
On Trinidad and Tobago
EC Country Strategy Paper, 2008 EU Commission
Country Commercial Guide, 2007 US Department of Commerce
Trinidad and Tobago: Institutional Challenges in Promoting Competition, 2004 InterAmerican Development Bank
Trade Performance & Policy Issues in an Era of Growing Liberalisation, 2004 Jessen, A. and Vignoles, C
Trinidad and Tobago - European Community Country Strategy Paper, 2002 Government of Trinidad & Tobago and Delegation of the EU Commission in Trinidad & Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago Trade Sector Assessment, 2002 Carana Corporation

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
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Government of Trinidad and Tobago
Specialised Governmental Agencies
Business and Other Organisations
Regional and International Organisations