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OECS to take harmonised approach to managing chikungunya and Ebola

October 21, 2014
OECS to take harmonised approach to managing chikungunya and Ebola KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- The first Council of Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) health ministers meeting held on last Thursday in Kingstown, St Vincent and the Grenadines, identified chikungunya and Ebola as the most urgent public health priorities facing the region at this time.

St Lucia imposes travel restriction for Ebola countries; Grenada calls for OECS action

October 16, 2014
St Lucia imposes travel restriction for Ebola countries; Grenada calls for OECS action CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The government of Saint Lucia has imposed with immediate effect a prohibition on persons from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone who wish to travel to the island. All visitors from the three countries will be denied entry into Saint Lucia until further notice.

OECS health ministers to meet for talks on Ebola

October 14, 2014
OECS health ministers to meet for talks on Ebola KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) health ministers will meet in St Vincent and the Grenadines on Wednesday to develop a comprehensive strategy to help mitigate emerging viral diseases, particularly, chickungunya and Ebola.

ECCB governor outlines roles of sectors in ECCU

October 9, 2014
ECCB governor outlines roles of sectors in ECCU BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CUOPM) -- The private sector in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) has a very important task of changing its structure and orientation to compete in the international environment if the sub-region is to achieve sustainable rates of growth.

BVI to host inaugural OECS environmental sustainability meeting

September 30, 2014
BVI to host inaugural OECS environmental sustainability meeting ROAD, TOWN, BVI -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) ministers responsible for environmental portfolios will meet in Road Town, Tortola, in the British Virgin Islands this week for their inaugural meeting since the Revised Treaty of Basseterre came into force in 2011.

OECS and UNWTO formalize collaboration in the tourism sector

September 27, 2014
OECS and UNWTO formalize collaboration in the tourism sector CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) have established a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to enhance cooperation between the two organisations.  At a meeting of the OECS Council of Ministers...

OECS member states to participate in world-renowned Annapolis Boat Show

September 25, 2014
OECS member states to participate in world-renowned Annapolis Boat Show CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) will participate as a collective at the Annapolis Sailboat Show, billed as the largest and longest-running boat show in the US, and features the world’s largest multi-hull collection of sailboats and catamarans.

Trinidad and Tobago government to sell CLICO

September 24, 2014
Trinidad and Tobago government to sell CLICO PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Trinidad and Tobago’s minister of finance, Larry Howai, has confirmed that Colonial Life Insurance Co Ltd (CLICO) is to be sold. He stressed however that the price must be right. Speaking at the meeting of the Standing Finance Committee of the House of Representatives...

OECS education sector strategy moves towards implementation phase

September 22, 2014
OECS education sector strategy moves towards implementation phase ROSEAU, Dominica -- Chief education officers and education planners are to meet in Dominica to plan the implementation of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) education sector strategy. The meeting, which takes place from September 23-26, 2014, will be held under the theme...

OECS to assist UK overseas territories in enhancing child sexual abuse reporting

September 22, 2014
OECS to assist UK overseas territories in enhancing child sexual abuse reporting ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission is to assist United Kingdom Overseas Territories in enhancing strategies for detecting and reporting child sexual abuse cases. This assistance comes through a sub-regional workshop hosted by Antigua.

Grenada hosts OECS integration and economic union public awareness country mission

September 10, 2014
Grenada hosts OECS integration and economic union public awareness country mission ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- A technical mission from the Organisation of East Caribbean States (OECS) visited Grenada on Tuesday to meet with and update key stakeholder groups on the progress of OECS Integration and the OECS Economic Union. This is mission is a collaborative effort...

OECS and SIDS at the Samoa conference call for a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions

September 5, 2014
OECS and SIDS at the Samoa conference call for a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions APIA, Samoa -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and other small island developing states (SIDS) have called on countries that are signatories to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.

OECS quarantine experts assigned to develop a national pest risk analysis

September 3, 2014
OECS quarantine experts assigned to develop a national pest risk analysis CASTRIES St Lucia -- The first ever training programme in pest risk analysis or PRA for Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Quarantine Officers concluded on Thursday August 28 with a field trip. Over 20 experts, including plant protection officers as well as lab technicians...

OECS and UNICEF deepen cooperation to advance child and social development in the region

August 28, 2014
OECS and UNICEF deepen cooperation to advance child and social development in the region CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) deepened their collaborative efforts on Tuesday through the signing of a new programme cooperation agreement to the tune of US$1.165 million.

OECS e-business and e-commerce workshops continue

August 26, 2014
OECS e-business and e-commerce workshops continue ROSEAU, Dominica -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Export Development Unit will resume its e-business workshops for firms in the region during the week of August 26, 2014. Workshops will be conducted in Montserrat on August 26 and in the British Virgin Islands on August 28.

St Lucia gives effect to OECS movement of people regime

August 22, 2014
St Lucia gives effect to OECS movement of people regime CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Citizens of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Economic Union who travel to Saint Lucia can now stay there indefinitely. The OECS Commission’s Castries-based Regional Integration Unit said, upon arrival in Saint Lucia, citizens of the OECS Economic Union...

Talks resume on developing OECS marine managed areas and associated livelihoods

August 16, 2014
Talks resume on developing OECS marine managed areas and associated livelihoods CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Stakeholder consultations resumed on Thursday on moves towards further sustaining or enhancing marine managed areas and their associated livelihoods in the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). This is being facilitated through the Eastern Caribbean...

St Kitts-Nevis leads OECS, French, Dutch islands in exports to US

August 12, 2014
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CUOPM) -- St Kitts and Nevis continued to be the leading exporter of goods and services to the United States in June this year, more than all other OECS nations, as well as St Maarten, Guadeloupe and Martinique. According to foreign trade statistics issued by...

Argentina pledges further support for OECS

August 12, 2014
Argentina pledges further support for OECS CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Argentine ambassador to the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), Luis Beltran Martinez Thomas, has affirmed that Argentina has decided to broaden and deepen its relations with the Caribbean countries bilaterally and multilaterally, through regional...

Montserrat Calabash Festival suggested as a model for other OECS member states

August 2, 2014
Montserrat Calabash Festival suggested as a model for other OECS member states CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The ninth Montserrat Calabash Festival was recently staged and, following up on the success of the 2014 event, the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission’s Tourism Desk recommends the Montserrat Calabash Festival as a model to be replicated.

OECS discusses regional approach to agriculture

August 1, 2014
OECS discusses regional approach to agriculture CASTRIES, St Lucia (GIS) -- Chairman of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Authority, prime minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, says the OECS region has the capacity to supply itself with locally-produced food. According to Skerrit, “If the market is sure farmers will produce.”

Monetary conditions in the ECCU improve, increase in GDP expected

July 30, 2014
Monetary conditions in the ECCU improve, increase in GDP expected BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CUOPM) -- Monetary conditions in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) improved during the year ending March 31, 2014. However, credit conditions tightened further as was evidenced by the widening of the interest rate spread during the same period.

Eastern Caribbean countries to benefit from energy-focused partnership

July 29, 2014
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Caribbean Development Bank, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will be working closely to transform the energy landscape in the Eastern Caribbean. Together, the agencies will support...

OECS opposition parties urged to reject CCJ

July 28, 2014
OECS opposition parties urged to reject CCJ CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The recent announcement by the incoming chairman of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit of Dominica, that he intends to make the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) the ultimate legal body of all member states by the end of his tenure...

OECS Authority to convene its 59th meeting on Saturday in St Vincent

July 26, 2014
KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- The 59th meeting of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Authority and the first of two official OECS heads of government meetings for 2014, will be held on Saturday in St Vincent and the Grenadines. A report on the initial sitting of the OECS Economic...

The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States - 33 years later

July 25, 2014
The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States - 33 years later CASTRIES, St Lucia – Thirty-three years after the signing of the Treaty of Basseterre establishing the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), the Organisation reflects on its achievements in a series of articles of which this is part one. On June 18, 1981, seven OECS member states...

Open letter to ECCB governor

July 17, 2014
I would like to bring to your attention a matter of grave and urgent concern to the financial welfare of Vincentians. This matter requires your immediate intervention as Governor of the ECCB (the sub-regional regulator of commercial banks). The foreign-owned commercial banks...

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