Under the Civil Society Regional Development Project which is funded by the European Union, the Caribbean Policy Development Centre is undertaking a campaign titled Removing Borders: CSME and the EPA. This project is a regional online campaign targeting Vulnerable Groups through advocacy on the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) and the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).
The intervention is a further extension of the organization’s focus and work on educating vulnerable groups, including interventions with workers and trade unions, hucksters and higglers in Jamaica on the EPA, and domestic workers on the freedom of movement provisions in the CSME.
The online campaign seeks to build upon existing efforts at public education by undertaking a specially targeted programme aimed at enhancing the awareness of vulnerable groups about regional trade agreements and processes. The overall objective of the initiative is to enhance the ability of these groups to take advantage of these processes.
The campaign will seek to provide accessible, relevant and user-friendly information on an ongoing basis that will inform and educate these groups. It will also seek to work with existing organizations that are already undertaking communication and public outreach initiatives to influence the development of more appropriate and user-friendly material for vulnerable groups.
The Economic Partnership Agreement, commonly referred to as the EPA, is a partnership between the European Union and the CARIFORUM side of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) grouping.