Haiti has been a member of the Caribbean Community since 1999. As such, the country must comply with the Chaguaramas Treaty, including the provisions regarding the CARICOM single market and economy (CSME). However, given the structure of tariffs in Haiti, the country has been exempted from implementing the CSME to give time to adjust its tariff concessions at the WTO. This requires, according to the procedures of the organisation, a negotiation process. Since 2017, Haiti has decided to officially launch the renegotiation procedure of its list of tariff concessions at the WTO. Some members have submitted their requests to undertake the tariff modification negotiations with Haiti.
The TAF2+ grant has been requested by the Government of Haiti in order to provide advisory and logistical support to negotiate this series of changes in its WTO bound tariff ceilings. The project will support the professional development of Haitian civil servants involved in the tariff negotiations with WTO members, and provide econometric modelling to be used for analysing the future impact of different scenarios of Haiti’s tariff concessions.