Participants prepare for their first day of workshops on Jan. 14.

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts — The World Trade Organization (WTO) in collaboration with the Ministry of International Trade in St. Kitts just opened a Jan. 14 to 16, three-day workshop on Trade and Environment for the Caribbean Region under the theme “Making Trade Work for Environment, Prosperity and Resilience” to discuss the connection between environment and trade policies for Caribbean countries.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of International Trade, Jasmine Weekes, said that the workshop aims to assist participants in enhancing their understanding of relevant issues considering the intersection between trade and environment, and designing trade and environmental policies that are mutually supportive.

“It is hoped that participants attain a better understanding of how trade can be used as a tool to support effective environmental action such as climate change, mitigation and adaptation,” Weekes said. “A tertiary look at the today’s programme suggests that you have a very intense agenda. There is little doubt that at the end of this workshop you will all walk away even more enlightened and the objectives of this very important workshop will be realized.

“I wish to express how delighted we are to host this workshop and to register our gratitude to the WTO Secretariat for this initiative. Indeed, it is a great way to start the year with these important capacity building programmes aimed at increasing the knowledge base and skill set of our small island member states with limited human and financial capacities.”

Workshop facilitator, Daniel Ramos, said that he was excited to be in the Federation and looked forward to a productive three days.

Minister of International Trade, the Honourable Lindsay Grant, welcomed the WTO facilitators, participants and guests to the workshop. He thanked the WTO for engaging the region on “such a very timely and important subject and for choosing St. Kitts and Nevis as host for such important training exercise.

“Such capacity building initiatives go well in developing our region’s expertise in trade and related matters,” Grant said. “We are indeed very grateful. I wish to thank the participants and facilitators for encouraging this debate among the organizations and institutions in the context of ensuring that sustainable development goals remain critical and ever present in the policies of member states.”