Relations between the EU and Trinidad and Tobago and indeed the Caribbean as a whole are based on the Cotonou Agreement as well as a wide range of trade and development programmes. The Cotonou Agreement was signed in 2000 between the EU and ACP countries and covers a period of 20 years. Trade between the EU and the Caribbean is based on the 2008 EU-CARIFORUM Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). As part of the development cooperation between the EU and Trinidad and Tobago, the Ministry was able to access technical assistance under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF), for the following initiatives:
1. Developing the draft Policy for the Development of Green Micro and Small Enterprises and Cooperatives (in 2013), known as the Green Enterprise Policy,
2. Providing training to business support agencies in health and safety standards for agro-processors (October 2013-January 2014),
3. Monitoring and evaluation training from October 2011 to March 2015 where the beneficiaries were the Ministry and the Ministry of Trade, Industry, Investment and Communications.
4. Training in project management (September 2013 to June 2014).
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