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Regional and global support mobilised for Dominica

August 29, 2015
Regional and global support mobilised for Dominica CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission is engaging with regional and international agencies to undertake a comprehensive assessment of the effects of tropical storm Erika on Dominica as that country seeks to respond after floods devastated...

Eastern Caribbean telecoms authority investigating VOIP blocking complaints

August 22, 2015
Eastern Caribbean telecoms authority investigating VOIP blocking complaints BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL) says it is aware of allegations in the media that regional wireless Digicel is blocking calls made using voice over internet protocol (VOIP) such as Whatsapp calling on its network. This comes following...

Antigua-Barbuda to host two-day regional scriptwriters development retreat

August 21, 2015
Antigua-Barbuda to host two-day regional scriptwriters development retreat ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Antigua and Barbuda will this week host a regional scriptwriters’ development retreat on Friday and Saturday. The two-day scriptwriters’ retreat is the second of a multi-phased programme executed by the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Competitive Business...

Turks and Caicos deputy attorney general appointed as Eastern Caribbean judge

August 12, 2015
Turks and Caicos deputy attorney general appointed as Eastern Caribbean judge PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- Deputy attorney general in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), Wynante Mary Adrien-Roberts, has been appointed as high court judge of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court and has been assigned to Grenada. She assumes office on September 1, 2015. "I am delighted that...

OECS statisticians to discuss strengthening of data systems for education decision-making

August 10, 2015
OECS statisticians to discuss strengthening of data systems for education decision-making CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Education statisticians across the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) will attend an annual meeting in St Kitts and Nevis from August 11-14, 2015 to provide OECS statisticians with a forum to identify and adopt best practices for improved education data for regional...

OECS launches Business Focus magazine

August 7, 2015
OECS launches Business Focus magazine CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Thursday marked the official launch of the OECS Business Focus magazine. This maiden issue of the publication provides a comprehensive look at economic activities across the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) region covering areas such as youth...

St Kitts-Nevis passes controversial Banking Act

August 3, 2015
St Kitts-Nevis passes controversial Banking Act BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The House of Assembly in St Kitts, at close to 3:15 on Wednesday, after two days of debate, passed into law without amendment the Banking Bill 2015, which seeks to reform the region's banking sector to give more regulatory muscle to the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank.

Regional judges explore improved access to justice

July 30, 2015
Regional judges explore improved access to justice BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- Members of the Judicial Education Institute (JEI) of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC) are presently in St Kitts and Nevis, hosting its 2015 Judicial Conference. “It is an annual event where the judges come together to do judicial education training,”...

IMF concludes discussion on ECCU policies

July 23, 2015
IMF concludes discussion on ECCU policies WASHINGTON, USA -- On June 15, 2015, the executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the 2015 discussion on the common policies of member countries of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU). The regional economy is recovering slowly, with average real GDP growth...

First ever OECS Business Council formed

July 23, 2015
First ever OECS Business Council formed CASTRIES St Lucia -- The first ever Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Business Council retreat began on Monday in Saint Lucia, under the theme: “Converging the development agenda together.” President of the OECS Business Council Gorden Charles said the council will focus...

First OECS climate change symposium on COP 21 issues to be held on Wednesday

July 15, 2015
First OECS climate change symposium on COP 21 issues to be held on Wednesday CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Civil society and government representatives from Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) member states will on Wednesday share their issues regarding climate change as well as discuss ways of strengthening support for OECS negotiators at the global...

OECS tourism ministers explore ways of increasing region's competitiveness

July 10, 2015
OECS tourism ministers explore ways of increasing region's competitiveness ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- How to remain competitive in the global tourism industry was the context of discussions during the second meeting of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Council of Ministers of Tourism held in Grenada on Thursday. Tourism ministers from member states...

OECS tourism ministers to meet on Thursday in Grenada

July 9, 2015
OECS tourism ministers to meet on Thursday in Grenada ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Council of Tourism Ministers will meet for a second occasion in Grenada on Thursday. The ministerial meeting will be convened under the theme: OECS Economic Union: Pushing the Tourism Envelope. Some key matters...

OECS Commission releases video on Martinique's accession

July 9, 2015
OECS Commission releases video on Martinique's accession CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission has begun rolling out a series of videos on issues embracing the lives of the people of the region. The video, which was to be released for airplay on the Caribbean Broadcasting Union Caribvision Channel...

Caribbean countries move closer to joint management of radio frequencies

July 9, 2015
Caribbean countries move closer to joint management of radio frequencies ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- Countries of the eastern Caribbean are working together to promote more efficient use of their wireless communications frequencies, for greater social good. Anew agreement has been drafted to minimise cross-border interference between countries of the Organisation of...

ECCB governor calls for structural changes in financial institutions, private sector

July 3, 2015
ECCB governor calls for structural changes in financial institutions, private sector BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Financial institutions in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) must undergo structural changes if there is to be an improvement in access to credit, according to governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central bank Sir Dwight Venner. The governor was asked...

OECS heads address planned expulsions from Dominican Republic and EU tax haven blacklist

July 1, 2015
OECS heads address planned expulsions from Dominican Republic and EU tax haven blacklist ST GEORGE'S, Grenada (GIS) -- Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) heads on Monday expressed their concern over the expulsion of Dominicans of Haitian descent from the Dominican Republic, either through state-initiated actions or actions by private parties. The heads expressed...

OECS opens new cancer treatment centre in Antigua

June 29, 2015
OECS opens new cancer treatment centre in Antigua ST JOHN'S, Antigua -- Residents within the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) sub-grouping will no longer have to travel abroad for treatment of cancers and other chronic non-communicable diseases (CNCDs). This as the grouping on Friday formally opened its OECS Eastern Caribbean...

OECS recruits new voices for climate change

June 24, 2015
OECS recruits new voices for climate change BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- The realities of climate change, its current impact on the region, and ways to effectively share the message with the public were explored last week at a two-day symposium for private media and government communication personnel in St Kitts. The June 18-19...

ECCB governor defends new banking regulations

June 20, 2015
ECCB governor defends new banking regulations BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank Sir Dwight Venner has defended the new banking regulations, which have attracted severe criticisms from players in the banking sector in the Eastern Caribbean. The regulations were fiercely protested in Antigua...

Commentary: Caribbean countries: Trapped?

June 19, 2015
Commentary: Caribbean countries: Trapped? A common market in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries would lead to a substantial rise in the regional exports. This is one of the findings of a new World Bank Report entitled, 'Trade matters: New opportunities for the Caribbean'. That statement might come as a surprise to many.

Eastern Caribbean Central Bank withdraws 1c and 2c coins

June 18, 2015
Eastern Caribbean Central Bank withdraws 1c and 2c coins BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- As of 1 July, the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) will no longer issue one cent and two cents coins to the commercial banks operating within the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU). Although the coins will no longer be issued, they will remain legal tender...

OECS member states discuss impact of ocean acidification

June 6, 2015
OECS member states discuss impact of ocean acidification CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) member states have begun to examine the impacts of increased ocean acidification on their economies. OECS representatives convened at a two-day workshop in Saint Lucia last week to assess the "issue of ocean acidification...

Enhancements in ECCU debt management units to improve regional debt management

May 22, 2015
Enhancements in ECCU debt management units to improve regional debt management BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- The Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) countries will develop new organisational structures along functional lines to increase the effectiveness of their debt management units in implementing governments’ debt management strategies. This was one of the main decisions...

OECS to review performance of pharmaceutical suppliers at regional meeting this week

May 19, 2015
OECS to review performance of pharmaceutical suppliers at regional meeting this week CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The performance of suppliers of medicines and pharmaceuticals is among the major talking points for the 24th joint tenders-adjudication committee meeting of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission’s pharmaceutical procurement service (OECSPPS).

ECCB extending banking regulations, credit unions in ECCU will not be regulated

May 11, 2015
ECCB extending banking regulations, credit unions in ECCU will not be regulated BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), Sir Dwight Venner, in an address broadcast across the region on Thursday, articulated the Central Bank’s proposals for increasing regulation of the sub-regional banking sector. Venner said the banking sector...

EC dollar as strong as ever, says ECCB deputy governor

May 8, 2015
EC dollar as strong as ever, says ECCB deputy governor BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) has said that the EC dollar is as strong as ever despite the withdrawal of the currency's one-cent and two-cent coins. Deputy governor for the ECCB, Trevor Brathwaite, said the Eastern Caribbean currency has been pegged...

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