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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...

Mexico to strengthen ties with OECS

June 28, 2014
Mexico to strengthen ties with OECS CASTRIES, St Lucia -- On Tuesday, the director general of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), Dr Didacus Jules, received letters of credence from the ambassador of Mexico to the OECS, Luis Manuel Lopez Moreno, at a ceremony held at the OECS Commission.

Enhanced opportunities for OECS businesses to reach distant markets

June 25, 2014
ROSEAU, Dominica -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States Export development Unit (OECS-EDU) is conducting e-business workshops which incorporate an e-commerce diagnostic assessment of participating firms from around the OECS member states.

More training for OECS border control officers in watch-listing

June 21, 2014
More training for OECS border control officers in watch-listing CASTRIES, St Lucia -- A second batch of Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) border control officers has just ended discussions on watch-listing of subjects of interest at a two day training workshop aimed at strengthening the region’s border security operations. Watch-listing is a system used...

IMF concludes discussion on common policies of ECCU member countries

June 20, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA -- On June 6, 2014, the executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the 2014 discussion on the common policies of member countries of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU). The ECCU’s economy continues to face...

OECS Economic Affairs Council launched

June 18, 2014
OECS Economic Affairs Council launched , Saint Lucia -- The principal organ of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Economic Union, the Economic Affairs Council (EAC), has been established. The official launch took place on Thursday, June 12, in Saint Lucia. One of its main aims is to assist in ensuring that...

Caribbean territories convene to discuss human rights legislation

June 9, 2014
CASTRIES, St Lucia (GIS) -- A workshop organized by the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission in collaboration with FAO Barbados brought together regional and international government officials last Thursday to discuss legal framework aimed at the adoption...

Antigua-Barbuda hosts OECS data processing training workshop

June 5, 2014
Antigua-Barbuda hosts OECS data processing training workshop ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Data processing experts from the region are engaged in a training workshop from June 2 to 6 in Antigua and Barbuda. While the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission leads this intervention, valuable assistance is provided by the World Bank.

OECS hosts hydrographic scoping study team meeting

June 4, 2014
OECS hosts hydrographic scoping study team meeting CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) member states have commenced a hydrographic scoping study aimed at assessing maritime/marine spatial data that exists in the countries. One of the major outcomes will be a report on the status of hydrography and...

OECS Commission meets in Saint Lucia

May 31, 2014
OECS Commission meets in Saint Lucia 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. The OECS Commission is the principal organ responsible...

OECS member states consider new instrument to monitor early childhood development centres

May 28, 2014
OECS member states consider new instrument to monitor early childhood development centres BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission is facilitating discussions among early childhood coordinators/directors/education officers towards adopting a proposed instrument for routine monitoring of early childhood development (ECD) centres.

St Kitts-Nevis leads OECS in exports of goods and services to US

May 27, 2014
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CUOPM) -- St Kitts and Nevis continues to be the leading exporter of goods and services to the United States of all Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) member nations in 2013. According to foreign trade statistics issued by the US Census Bureau...

OECS songwriters and producers move towards penetrating the international scene

May 16, 2014
OECS songwriters and producers move towards penetrating the international scene ROSEAU, Dominica -- Leading songwriters and producers from across the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) have made a further step towards penetrating the international market. Described as a major success story coming out of the just ended historic “work camp”...

Grenada trade unionist warns about possible devaluation of EC dollar

May 9, 2014
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Grenadian trade unionist Chester Humphrey has warned that deteriorating economic circumstances in St George’s and the rest of the OECS could force a devaluation of the Eastern Caribbean (EC) dollar. “The OECS economies are facing grave challenges...

OECS statisticians meet in Grenada

May 9, 2014
ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Secretariat, with support from the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) and technical support from the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Decent Work Team and office for the Caribbean...

Regional songwriters to attend first OECS work camp in Dominica

May 9, 2014
ROSEAU, Dominica -- The OECS Export Development Unit will conduct a three-day regional songwriters work camp for some of the top song writers and music producers from across Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) member states.

Dominica hosts OECS tourism ministers

April 28, 2014
ROSEAU, Dominica -- Tourism ministers from the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) sub-region met in Dominica last Thursday to discuss a number of tourism related issues now confronting the sector and identified joint solutions to some of these challenges.

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.

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