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St Kitts hosts OECS regional validation workshop on agro-tourism

April 16, 2014
BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- Producers and suppliers of agricultural products as well as buyers from the hospitality sector from across the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) assembled in St Kitts on April 11, 2014, to discuss and examine preliminary findings of...

OECS entrepreneurs discuss follow-up on business mission to Martinique and Guadeloupe

April 15, 2014
ROSEAU, Dominica -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Export Development Unit (EDU) is working along with entrepreneurs in the region on the next steps after undertaking a successful inaugural fact finding business mission to the French departments of Martinique and...

OECS border control officers discuss watch-listing of subjects of interest

April 12, 2014
OECS border control officers discuss watch-listing of subjects of interest BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) border control officers participated last month in a training workshop on watch-listing of subjects of interest aimed at strengthening the region’s border security operations. Watch-listing is a system used by law enforcement...

Eastern Caribbean magistrates meet in St Kitts to discuss judicial ethics and independence

April 3, 2014
Eastern Caribbean magistrates meet in St Kitts to discuss judicial ethics and independence BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CUOPM) -- A three-day conference for magistrates on judicial ethics, judicial independence and coroner’s jurisdiction is being held in St Kitts by the Judicial Education Institute (JEI) of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC) in collaboration with the Commonwealth Secretariat.

OECS commissioners meet with Authority chairman in Antigua

March 28, 2014
OECS commissioners meet with Authority chairman in Antigua ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CUOPM) – Commissioners to the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) met recently with the chairman of the OECS Authority, Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister Dr Baldwin Spencer at his office in St John's, Antigua. Spencer in his remarks to the meeting indicated that...

ECCU governments open discussions on FATCA compliance

March 27, 2014
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CUOPM) -- The member governments of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) have commenced discussions with the United States with a view to executing an inter-governmental agreement (IGA) for the implementation of the provisions...

OECS Business Council rolls out sustainability strategy to private sector in St Lucia

March 13, 2014
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The OECS Business Council met with members of the Private and Public Sectors in Saint Lucia last Wednesday, March 6, 2014, to present its rationale and strategy to engage and represent the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) private sector at a regional level.

New OECS project to reduce the impact of climate change launches in Anguilla

March 11, 2014
THE VALLEY, Anguilla -- On Tuesday, the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and the government of Anguilla present the national launch of the new Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) project on climate change adaptation and sustainable land management.

Grenada owes $3.3 million in arrears to OECS Supreme Court

February 28, 2014
ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (GIS) -- The Grenada government has disclosed that monies the country owes $3.3 million to the OECS Supreme Court in arrears dating back three years. Attorney General, Cajeton Hood, said one third of that amount is being paid. “If you look at it proportionally...

OECS selects new director-general

February 22, 2014
OECS selects new director-general CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Chairman of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Authority and prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Baldwin Spencer, announced on Friday that the OECS Authority has selected Dr Didacus Jules as the Organisation's new director-general.

New project to boost efforts to reduce impact of climate change in OECS

February 21, 2014
New project to boost efforts to reduce impact of climate change in OECS CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Another new project is underway to further strengthen the ability of the people of the OECS to reduce the risks associated with the impacts of climate change. The new project, called the global climate change alliance project on climate change adaptation and sustainable land management...

OECS member states hold further talks on ocean governance

February 13, 2014
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) team on oceans governance says maritime boundary delimitation is a priority for the region and ongoing dialogue and awareness building activities within the context of the nine-member grouping will further build...

Suggestion to amalgamate OECS banks challenged

February 11, 2014
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Last week, governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank Sir Dwight Venner suggested that indigenous banks in the Eastern Caribbean should amalgamate to become more viable in challenging financial times globally.

OECS private sector and labour movement urged to help boost economic development

February 1, 2014
OECS private sector and labour movement urged to help boost economic development BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The private sector and the trade union movement are both being urged to better position themselves to help boost the process of economic development in the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) sub-region. That appeal was made by Eastern Caribbean Central Bank...

Commonwealth and Caribbean experts to meet on resolving maritime boundary disputes

February 1, 2014
LONDON, England -- Commonwealth and Eastern Caribbean maritime officials will meet in Saint Lucia from 4 to 6 February to discuss ways of resolving outstanding maritime boundary issues in the region. The meeting, organised by the Commonwealth and the OECS...

Development of ECCU economies reviewed by central bank governor

January 30, 2014
Development of ECCU economies reviewed by central bank governor BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), Sir K. Dwight Venner, presented a review of the performance of the economy of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) and the initiatives that have been taken to spur and sustain economic growth.

World Bank team assesses OECS e-government project

January 30, 2014
World Bank team assesses OECS e-government project CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) electronic government for regional integration project (EGRIP) was officially launched in Saint Lucia in 2009. Since then World Bank loans have been accessed by Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia and St Vincent.

Caribbean historian not optimistic about regional integration

January 29, 2014
Caribbean historian not optimistic about regional integration BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- While the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) pushes the agenda of regional integration, noted Caribbean historian Dr Lennox Honeychurch from Dominica is not that optimistic that this will materialize. He is instead turning his hope on closer integration of the OECS countries.

ECCB governor to report on performance of sub-regional economy

January 25, 2014
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- The performance of the economy of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) in 2013 will be reported on when Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) Governor Sir Dwight Venner makes his annual presentation next Tuesday. Venner will also host...

OECS pharmaceutical service donates medicines to storm-affected member states

January 21, 2014
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- In the aftermath of the trough system on December 24, 2013, which caused death and severe damage to infrastructure in member states, the OECS Secretariat’s pharmaceutical procurement service has activated its disaster fund. As such, St Vincent and the Grenadines...

OECS agriculture task force to assist St Lucia and St Vincent

January 11, 2014
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- In response to the damage sustained by the agricultural and rural sectors as a result of the December 24 weather system that affected the Windward Islands, an Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) ad hoc agriculture task force has agreed to embark on...

St Kitts and Nevis wealthiest in the OECS

December 24, 2013
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CUOPM) St Kitts and Nevis is the wealthiest country in the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and third wealthiest in the Caribbean region. According to the World Bank’s 2014 World Development Report, St. Kitts and Nevis is first among the OECS nations.

Commentary: A gloomy time

December 20, 2013
Commentary: A gloomy time The announcement on Friday 13 December by the government of Barbados that it will lay-off over 3,000 public servants in January as a first step in cutting back government expenditure and reducing national demand for goods and services has rightly rattled other Caribbean Community (CARICOM) members.

OECS pull-out threat reckless and irresponsible, says Antigua-Barbuda minister

December 17, 2013
OECS pull-out threat reckless and irresponsible, says Antigua-Barbuda minister ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Recently, Antigua Labour Party (ALP) leader Gaston Browne threatened to pull out of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Economic Union. However, Tourism Minister John Maginley has noted that this would be a disaster for Antigua and Barbuda's tourism product.

OECS leaders accused of selective criticism

December 5, 2013
OECS leaders accused of selective criticism BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The recent Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) communiqué reprimanding the Dominican Republic over the citizenship controversy has prompted criticism from the opposition leader in St Kitts and Nevis. Mark Brantley says the OECS heads of government...

St Lucia educators call for OECS integration teaching toolkit

December 4, 2013
St Lucia educators call for OECS integration teaching toolkit CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Coming out of two consultations specifically targeting Saint Lucian teachers, the OECS public education country mission team said it is heartened by the level of interest, investment and some solid recommendations made by the island’s educators. The economic union, which came into force...

St Lucia youth learn of the opportunities of OECS citizenship

November 30, 2013
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- With the good news that citizens of Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) member states participating in the economic union can now stay indefinitely upon entry into most member states, Saint Lucian youth are beginning to appreciate the....

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