Organised by Caribbean French Customs and sponsored by the University of the French West Indies) an International Yachting Seminar was held recently in Martinique.
As well as representatives from the Caribbean Marine Association there were attendees from French Customs, French Naval and marine safety units and French yachting interests. Also attending were the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, Customs officers from Antigua & Barbuda, the British Virgin Islands, Grenada, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia and St. Vincent & the Grenadines. The Caribbean Customs Law Enforcement Council were also in attendance.
In addition to the CMA, there were private sector yachting representatives from
- St. Barts
- St. Martin
- St. Lucia
- St. Vincent & the Grenadines
- Trinidad & Tobago.
The agenda was very wide ranging, some would say a little too wide ranging. Divided into four half day sessions the respective parts of the seminar were titled
- 1. Regulations relating to Yachting
- 2. Yachting Security and Safety
- 3. Taxes and fees relating to yachting activities
- 4. Yachting and economic development
At each session, presentations were made on subjects relating to the session heading although reports suggest that the speakers tended not to limit themselves strictly to the topic under discussion.
Full details of the report of the seminar will be published in due course on the CMA website.