CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The new director general of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), Dr Didacus Jules, convened and presided over what was his inaugural and, for the OECS Commission, its 14th meeting held recently in Saint Lucia.
OECS Director General, Dr Didacus Jules
The OECS Commission is the principal organ responsible for the general administration of the organisation. Each OECS member state is represented on the commission by one commissioner of ambassadorial rank, so named by each member state.
The commissioners and Jules took the opportunity during the two-day retreat, to refine the key economic and strategic priorities that will drive the agenda for the organisation over the next few years. These priorities include consolidating the architecture of regional integration, facilitating the free movement of people, goods, services and capital, assuring the security and well-being of citizens and other areas.
In addition, the meeting examined and made recommendations regarding specific agenda items, including the organisation’s work plan and budget, the establishment of a competition commission, and a framework for citizens’ engagement in the integration process among other matters.
The report of this meeting will be submitted to the heads of government at the 59th meeting of the Authority later this year.
Coming out of the retreat, the director general is charged with a fresh, new approach that essentially seeks to excite and involve stakeholders from different sectors, staff, and citizens generally about the integration process.