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Letter: Consolidating ECCU indigenous banks to address de-risking

August 16, 2016
Letter: Consolidating ECCU indigenous banks to address de-risking In two of my recent letters published by Caribbean News Now (CNN) related to de-risking and the operations of indigenous banks in the ECCU, I suggested that consolidating or merging of these several small banks into a single indigenous bank, with branches, could be an important...

IMF reviews common policies of member countries of the ECCU

August 13, 2016
IMF reviews common policies of member countries of the ECCU WASHINGTON, USA -- On July 13, 2016, the executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the consideration of the 2016 discussion on the common policies of member countries of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU). The regional recovery is gaining ground.

CDB unveils new programme to assess poverty in the Caribbean

July 27, 2016
CDB unveils new programme to assess poverty in the Caribbean CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Across the Caribbean, policymakers rely heavily on the availability of timely, accurate and reliable poverty data to support national and regional development initiatives. Despite making considerable progress on how they measure poverty, many countries in...

OECS Authority convenes for the first time using video conferencing technology

July 19, 2016
OECS Authority convenes for the first time using video conferencing technology CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The 63rd meeting of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Authority was convened on the July 14, 2016, at the OECS Commission using video conferencing technology for the first time. The Authority welcomed Dr Timothy Harris, prime minister...

Commentary: A reflection on the lessons of Brexit for OECS integration

July 5, 2016
Commentary: A reflection on the lessons of Brexit for OECS integration We have all been saturated with news and views on the British vote to exit the European Union in the past week and there is much more to come by way of analysis and revelation as things unfold. Not unexpectedly, the Brexit has created the opportunity for those who are opposed...

St Vincent and the Grenadines minister calls for greater collaboration among OECS members

June 29, 2016
St Vincent and the Grenadines minister calls for greater collaboration among OECS members KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- The minister of agriculture of St Vincent and the Grenadines made a call in Parliament while congratulating the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) on reaching its 35th anniversary, “To remain united, organized and functional”.

Nevis benefits from OECS community based tourism development exercise

June 29, 2016
Nevis benefits from OECS community based tourism development exercise GINGERLAND, Nevis -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission’s tourism desk is continuing its series of regional community based tourism development exercises to the district of Gingerland in Nevis, the sister island of the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis.

OECS Commission holds talks towards regional geographical data sharing strategy

June 25, 2016
OECS Commission holds talks towards regional geographical data sharing strategy CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission recently conducted a virtual geographical information strategy or GIS symposium, which is part of plans towards a regional geographic data strategy. The virtual GIS symposium on Wednesday was...

OECS Commission launches OECS youth strategy under the brand OECS YES

June 9, 2016
OECS Commission launches OECS youth strategy under the brand OECS YES CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission has officially launched an OECS youth strategy under the brand OECS YES.  This strategy was developed based on the need for greater attention and action to issues directly affecting OECS youth.

OECS destinations hit the road in Germany for another joint promotion event

June 2, 2016
OECS destinations hit the road in Germany for another joint promotion event CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission is once again coordinating another joint promotion activity for its member states to promote their respective destinations. The OECS Road Show in Germany follows three successful joint promotion...

OECS director general meets with Martinique executive council president

May 18, 2016
OECS director general meets with Martinique executive council president FORT-DE-FRANCE, Martinique -- On Friday May 13, 2016, the director general of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), Dr Didacus Jules, met with the president of the Executive Council of Martinique, Alfred Marie-Jeanne, at the offices of the Collectivité de Martinique.

OECS council of foreign ministers meets in St Vincent

May 13, 2016
OECS council of foreign ministers meets in St Vincent KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- The second meeting of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Council of Ministers (Foreign Affairs) was convened in St Vincent and the Grenadines on May 8, 2016, under the chairmanship of that country’s minister for foreign affairs.

OECS collaborates with Singapore to host workshop for port managers

May 6, 2016
OECS collaborates with Singapore to host workshop for port managers CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Participants have commended the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and government of Singapore for a timely, relevant and instructive workshop, on port management and operations in the OECS, held from April 26-29, 2016. The workshop...

OECS to focus on geothermal energy at St Kitts and Nevis forum

May 5, 2016
OECS to focus on geothermal energy at St Kitts and Nevis forum BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission are partnering with the government of St Kitts and Nevis jointly to host a regional geothermal forum under the theme: ‘Opportunities and...

US ambassador praises juvenile justice reform project in Antigua-Barbuda

April 30, 2016
US ambassador praises juvenile justice reform project in Antigua-Barbuda ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The United States ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Linda Taglialatela, praised ongoing juvenile justice reform efforts in Antigua and Barbuda during a close-out ceremony for the Antigua segment of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean...

ECCB concerned about region's financial stability

April 29, 2016
ECCB concerned about region's financial stability BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- As two more indigenous banks in the region go under, the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) is concerned about the status of the financial stability of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU). In recent days, the National Bank of Anguilla...

OECS tourism ministers to meet in Antigua-Barbuda

April 20, 2016
OECS tourism ministers to meet in Antigua-Barbuda ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The third Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Council of Ministers meeting on tourism matters will be convened under the theme: OECS Economic Union: Tourism, driving Growth and Development. Some key aspects to be discussed...

Martinique formally accedes to OECS associate membership

April 13, 2016
Martinique formally accedes to OECS associate membership CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Philippe Seigneurin, deputy head of mission at the French embassy officially presented the formal instruments approving the admission of Martinique to associate membership of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) to the director general of the...

ECCB and OECS strengthening collaboration

April 6, 2016
ECCB and OECS strengthening collaboration CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), Timothy Antoine, and the director general of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission, Dr Didacus Jules, along with their respective senior staff, met on Thursday, 31 March...

OECS agriculture stakeholders trained in good agriculture practices auditing

March 31, 2016
OECS agriculture stakeholders trained in good agriculture practices auditing ROSEAU, Dominica -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission, in collaboration with the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) under the 10th EDF programme, will be conducting a series of train the trainer programmes in good agriculture...

UK billionaire discusses sargassum solutions with OECS ministers

March 24, 2016
UK billionaire discusses sargassum solutions with OECS ministers MOSKITO ISLAND, BVI -- Officials from the British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Montserrat, Dominica, and Antigua and Barbuda, along with leading scientists and experts from around the world, joined British billionaire entrepreneur and philanthropist Sir Richard Branson this week in the BVI to discuss...

OECS audio-visual professionals endorse plans for regional TV series

March 18, 2016
OECS audio-visual professionals endorse plans for regional TV series ROSEAU, Dominica -- A group of Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) audio-visual professionals has just ended a three day training exercise on developing strategies for producing content for regional and international media with a commitment to create a regional television...

OECS agriculture officials meet in Dominica

March 16, 2016
OECS agriculture officials meet in Dominica ROSEAU, Dominica -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission, with the support of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, recently convened a meeting of the OECS Agriculture Focal Points in Roseau, Dominica. The Focal Points were...

Antigua filmmaker working on regional television series backed by OECS

March 15, 2016
Antigua filmmaker working on regional television series backed by OECS ROSEAU, Dominica -- Filmmaker and television producer Howard Allen was one of the key audio-visual professionals meeting in Dominica last week to discuss strategies for producing a new television series with the backing of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).

Letter: Our LIAT: Does moving around the OECS really have to be so frustrating and costly?

March 12, 2016
Letter: Our LIAT: Does moving around the OECS really have to be so frustrating and costly? I fly around the OECS on average twice each month and believe me it is an exercise in frustration. It requires extraordinary self-control and restraint to the highest degree. First I must give LIAT credit and maximum kudos for their really excellent safety record. As a frequent traveler...

Letter: OECS capital cities in crisis (Echoes of Camerhogne Park)

February 12, 2016
Letter: OECS capital cities in crisis (Echoes of Camerhogne Park) The invention of the printing press by China in the 14th century, and its introduction into Europe a century later, ushered in the democratization of information, thereby shattering the monastic confines of knowledge and therefore of education. New centres of learning worldwide emerged.

New ECCB governor focuses on key messages to serve the region better

February 6, 2016
New ECCB governor focuses on key messages to serve the region better BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- In order effectively and efficiently to serve countries within the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU), newly appointed governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), Timothy Antoine, spelt out his priorities on Monday that would better assist...

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