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Trade Policy of Barbados - Selected Documents
This section centralises information relating to Barbados' national trade policy. Government trade policy overviews, national development strategy papers, information on agreements, regulations, standards, and the investment climate are also presented in this section.
Barbados' 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
"[Barbados] must produce goods and services which can be traded competitively in foreign markets. The heavy reliance on trade makes it necessary to develop policies which are responsive to the changing international environment. Since the early 1990s, Barbados' trade policy has become more open as a result of its own liberalisation programme, and in response to regional and international developments."
Goverment Report to the WTO, 2002

General Policy Documents
Main Policy Documents
Protocol IV of the Social Partnership 2001-04
Government of Barbados

Budget Policy
Budget Proposal 2008
Economic & Financial Policies 2007
Economic & Financial Policies 2006
Economic & Financial Policies 2004
Economic & Financial Policies 2002
Economic & Financial Policies 2001
RT. Hon. Owen Arthur, Minister of Finance

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

Preferential Schemes

Bilateral Investment Treaties

Trade Related Legislation
Intellectual Property Rights
Competition Policy
Commercial Guide
Trade Regulations and Standards, 2004
Investment Climate, 2004
US Department of Commerce
Trade Policy Documents
WTO Secretariat Trade Policy Review, 2008
Contents and summary observations
Economic environment
Framework and objectives
Trade policies and practices by measure
Trade policies by sector
Appendix tables
WTO Secretariat

WTO Secretariat Trade Policy Review, 2002
Government Report
Structure of Trade Policy
Policies by Sector
Policies and Practices by Measure
WTO Secretariat

Other Trade Policy Documents
Export of Services: High Potential or Wishful Thinking, 2004
Barbados in the CSME, 2004
Barbados in the FTAA, 2004
Barbados and the EU, 2004
Government of Barbados
Regional & Global Context
  Barbados is a founding member of the Caribbean Common Market and Community (CARICOM). Barbados has participated in the GATT since February of 1967 and in 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 Barbados
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
IADB Country Strategy, 2005
Inter-American Development Bank
IMF Art.IV Consultation, 2008
IMF Art.IV Consultation, 2007
IMF Art.IV Consultation, 2006
IMF Art.IV Consultation, 2005
IMF Art.IV Consultation, 2004
Staff for the 2004 Consultation with Barbados
World Bank Country Strategy, 2001
LAC, World Bank

Relevant Publications
On Barbados
Barbados: EC Country Strategy , 2009
Barbados: Country Commercial Guide , 2007
Barbados: Trade and Integration as a Strategy for Growth, 2004. Jessen, A. and Vignoles, C.
Financial Sector Assessment - Barbados, 2003. World Bank and IMF
Economic Growth and Development in Barbados during the XX Century, 2001. Andrew Downes
Barbados - European Community Country Strategy Paper, 2001. Government of Barbados and EU Commission

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