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St Vincent PM calls for regional condemnation of US reversal of Cuba policy

June 21, 2017
St Vincent PM calls for regional condemnation of US reversal of Cuba policy VARADERO BEACH, Cuba -- St Vincent and the Grenadines prime minister, Dr Ralph Gonsalves, has called on Caribbean governments and regional credit unions to loudly condemn US President Donald Trump’s reversal of recent positive advances in US-Cuba relations started by his...

OECS convenes citizenship by investment stakeholder meeting

June 21, 2017
OECS convenes citizenship by investment stakeholder meeting CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Representatives from the region’s five citizenship by investment programmes (CIP) met in Saint Lucia last Friday to explore opportunities for increased collaboration and harmonisation of due diligence processes. The meeting, convened at the behest of heads of government of...

IMF concludes 2017 discussion on common policies of ECCU member countries

June 16, 2017
IMF concludes 2017 discussion on common policies of ECCU member countries WASHINGTON, USA -- On June 2, 2017, the executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the 2017 discussion on the common policies of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) in the context of the Article IV consultations with member countries. Favorable external...

Eleven Caribbean projects selected for European funding

June 8, 2017
Eleven Caribbean projects selected for European funding GOSIER, Guadeloupe -- The second selection committee for the Interreg Caribbean Program 2014-2020 has made public the list of the 11 regional projects eligible for European funding. Many countries in the Caribbean will benefit from these projects, as follows: 1. TEECA: Set up a trade facilitation team and...

Haitian community receives equipment donation from ECTEL

May 27, 2017
Haitian community receives equipment donation from ECTEL PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- Managing director of the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL) Embert Charles has handed over a donation of electronic communications equipment and furniture to the Arcahaie (pronounced Lakayé in Creole) community to the north of...

OECS foreign ministers conclude third Council meeting

May 23, 2017
OECS foreign ministers conclude third Council meeting BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- OECS ministers of foreign affairs concluded a successful meeting of the Council of Ministers - Foreign Affairs (COMFA) on May 17, 2017, in Barbados, under the chairmanship of Charles Fernandez, minister for foreign affairs, international trade and immigration...

New phase for hub and spokes trade initiative launched at Barbados workshop

May 23, 2017
New phase for hub and spokes trade initiative launched at Barbados workshop BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- An innovative trade initiative that is expanding opportunities for business, employment and prosperity in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries will be extended to February 2019. The hub and spokes programme is a joint initiative of the European Union...

OECS trade mission holds consultations in member states

May 10, 2017
OECS trade mission holds consultations in member states CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Intra-regional and international trade potential has been strengthened following a recent Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) trade mission held in St Lucia, Martinique and Dominica from April 24-28, 2017. Minister of agriculture for St Vincent and the Grenadines...

Major OECS climate change initiative launched in Grenada

May 9, 2017
Major OECS climate change initiative launched in Grenada ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- The official launch of the iLAND Resilience awareness initiative was held in Grenada amidst a week of events organised by the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission to advance sustainable development and climate change priorities.

OECS Commission working with partners towards improved customs procedures

May 5, 2017
OECS Commission working with partners towards improved customs procedures KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat, with support from the Hubs and Spokes II Programme, the World Bank Group and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission have been working to implement the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO)...

Martinique Cyclotron: Caribbean cooperation for the treatment of cancer

May 5, 2017
Martinique Cyclotron: Caribbean cooperation for the treatment of cancer FORT DE FRANCE, Martinique -- The second steering committee of the Cyclotron of Martinique (FWI) met on Thursday at the invitation of the Territorial Collectivity of Martinique. On this occasion, representatives of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), Antigua and Curacao...

Agriculture stakeholders discuss regional food safety

May 3, 2017
Agriculture stakeholders discuss regional food safety BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- In an effort to enhance the quality of agricultural produce in the region, food safety stakeholders convened in Barbados from April 25-26, 2017, to discuss the improvement of plant health in the region. The two-day consultations, conducted by the United States Department...

Country needs assessment missions held in nine OECS member states

April 29, 2017
Country needs assessment missions held in nine OECS member states CASTRIES, St Lucia -- In preparation for the implementation of country poverty assessments (CPAs) in member states, the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission conducted nine country needs assessment (CNA) missions to determine eligible areas for targeted support.

Vexit: Venezuela to quit OAS

April 28, 2017
Vexit: Venezuela to quit OAS WASHINGTON, USA -- On Wednesday, the same day that a majority of member countries of the Organization of American States (OAS) approved a resolution to convene a meeting of ministers of foreign affairs of the region to consider the situation facing Venezuela, the South American country said...

OECS health unit addresses regional concerns on yellow fever

April 28, 2017
OECS health unit addresses regional concerns on yellow fever CASTRIES, St Lucia -- In light of the recent wave of yellow fever cases in the region, the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Health Unit convened a virtual meeting via online web-conference on April 11, 2017, to address the concerns of member states and share useful and timely...

OECS launches regional statistics strategy

April 22, 2017
OECS launches regional statistics strategy ROSEAU, Dominica -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) officially launched its regional strategy for the development of statistics (RSDS) on April 11, 2017, in Roseau, Dominica, under the theme “Revolutionising our Statistics; Developing our Societies.” The OECS RSDS is...

OECS prepares for fisheries subsidies negotiations at WTO

April 19, 2017
OECS prepares for fisheries subsidies negotiations at WTO CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission has begun consultations to develop an OECS brief for negotiations on the rules that govern fisheries subsidies in the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The first meeting convened via online web-conference...

Venezuela president makes surprise appearance at OECS meeting

April 15, 2017
Venezuela president makes surprise appearance at OECS meeting KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- The sixty-fourth meeting of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Authority, which resumed in St Vincent and the Grenadines on Wednesday, included a previously unscheduled appearance by Nicolas Maduro, president of Venezuela.

Montserrat enlists OECS support in dispute with CDB

April 13, 2017
Montserrat enlists OECS support in dispute with CDB BRADES Montserrat -- The government of Montserrat has enlisted the support of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission in its bid to have the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) re-examine its decision to drop Montserrat from its list of Basic Needs Trust Fund...

ECCU banking leaders tackle amendments to Banking Act 2015

April 13, 2017
ECCU banking leaders tackle amendments to Banking Act 2015 BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- Legislators and bankers from across the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) met in St Vincent and the Grenadines on Tuesday to discuss proposed amendments to the Banking Act 2015. The Act addresses the need for effective risk-focused supervision of...

US ambassador offers advice to Caribbean states

April 4, 2017
US ambassador offers advice to Caribbean states BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- St Kitts and Nevis and other Caribbean nations are getting some advice on measures that should be taken in their quest to strengthen their economies. US Ambassador Linda Taglialatela, who heads the American embassy in Bridgetown, says regional states...

OECS needs a unified approach to development, says economist

March 30, 2017
OECS needs a unified approach to development, says economist ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- The biggest impediment to growth of the economies of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is their small size and scale of production, and the lack of a unified regional approach to development. That’s the view of Dr Vanus James, economist...

OECS officials convene to discuss freedom of movement regime

March 28, 2017
OECS officials convene to discuss freedom of movement regime CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Regional integration stakeholders convened on March 16 to discuss the current implementation status of the indefinite stay regime and the rights contingent to the free movement of people regime; two critical accomplishments of the OECS.

OECS laboratories receive new agricultural health and food safety equipment

March 25, 2017
OECS laboratories receive new agricultural health and food safety equipment CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Laboratories in Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) member states are now better equipped to diagnose issues related to human, animal and plant health, and food safety, thus increasing their levels of efficacy and efficiency. On Wednesday March 15, 2017...

Significant progress made to reduce deforestation and forest degradation in St Lucia

March 24, 2017
Significant progress made to reduce deforestation and forest degradation in St Lucia CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Two days of consultations held in Saint Lucia recently have laid the groundwork for implementation of a National Strategy for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+). Agencies and experts in attendance during the two-day consultations...

OECS discusses ocean governance and policy

March 7, 2017
OECS discusses ocean governance and policy CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Representatives from Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines, participated in the sixth meeting of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)...

ECCU at critical economic juncture, says ECCB governor

March 3, 2017
ECCU at critical economic juncture, says ECCB governor BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- According to Timothy Antoine, governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) is at a critical juncture coming on the heels of the economic difficulties of the recent past and a future pregnant with uncertainty...

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