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Trade Policy of Bahamas - Selected Documents
This section centralises information relating to Bahamas' 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.

National Trade Policy
"The Bahamas is the only country in the region that does not belong to a free trade agreement or a customs union. It has been a member of CARICOM since 1983, but does not participate in the groupís single market and economy arrangements. It is a member of the Association of Caribbean States. The Bahamas is a beneficiary of a number of preferential trade arrangements, which include other than the Cotonou Agreement, the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI)... and CARIBCAN..."
National Trade Capacity Building Strategy, 2003

General Policy Documents
Budget Policy
Budget Statement, 2009
Budget Statement, 2008
Budget Statement, 2007
Budget Statement, 2006
Budget Statement, 2005
Budget Statement, 2004
Budget Statement, 2002
The Rt. Hon. Sir William Allen, Minister of Finance

Policy on Electronic Commerce
Electronic Commerce and the Bahamian Digital Agenda, 2003
Ministry of Finance

Trade Policy Documents
The Need for a Unique Strategic Framework, 2004
Government of Bahamas
National Trade Capacity Building Strategy, 2003
Government of Bahamas
Bahamas - European Community Country Strategy Paper, 2002
Government of Bahamas and EU Commission

Social Policy Framework
Social Policy Framework, 2001
OECS / UNDP
Legal Framework
External Trade Agreements

Preferential Schemes

Bilateral Investment Treaties

Trade Related Legislation
Intellectual Property Rights
Investment
Labour legislation
Commercial Guide
Trade Regulations and Standards, 2002
Investment Climate, 2002
 
Trade Policy Documents
WTO Trade Policy Review of Bahamas, 2001
Government Report Government of Antigua and Barbuda
WTO Secretariat Report WTO Secretariat

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

Other Trade Policy Documents
Redefining Tourism as an Export and Development Opportunity, 2004 Government of Antigua and Barbuda
FTAA National Trade Capacity Building Strategy, 2003. Government of Antigua and Barbuda.
RNM/OECS Country Study to Inform Trade Negotiations, 2001. Lazarre, A.; Antoinne, P.; Samuel W.
Regional & Global Context
  Bahamas is a member of the Caribbean Common Market and Community (CARICOM).
Bahamas does not participate in the WTO, but it has applied for membership

  Regional Level
  The Bahamas does not participate in CARICOM's external agreements nor in the CSME initiative. The Bahamas is, however, a member of the Caribbean Regional Negotiating Machinery (CRNM).

CARIFORUM-EC EPA

CARICOM
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 Bahamas
Doing Business, 2009
World Bank
EU - Aid for Trade Monitoring Report, 2008
World Trade Organisation
CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agrmt
ECLAC
Economic Survey of the Caribbean 2007-2008
Economic Survey of the Caribbean 2006-2007
ECLAC
US Department of Commerce , 2006
Staff for the Consultation with Bahamas
IMF Art.IV Consultation, 2007
IMF Art.IV Consultation, 2005
IMF Art.IV Consultation, 2003
IDB Country Strategy , 2004
IDB-Regional Operation Department 3


Relevant Publications
On Bahamas
Legal & Regulatory Framework for the Digital Economy - The Bahamian Strategy, 2003 Bethel, R. Ministry of Finance.
National Investment Policy, 2002 Office of the Prime Minister

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 Bahamas
Specialised Governmental Agencies
Business and Other Organisations
Regional and International Organisations