Culture in the CARIFORUM-European Union Economic Partnership Agreement

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The 2005 UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions calls on developed countries to grant “preferential treatment” to promote the mobility of artists and other cultural professionals and to improve market access for cultural goods and services from developing countries. This unique feature has redefined culture’s position in international trade and investment agreements. This study examines, for the first time, whether expectations set out in the groundbreaking Economic Partnership Agreement between the CARIFORUM States and the European Union, have been met in the creative sector, and which challenges remain to be addressed.