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Eastern Caribbean Central Bank and OECS Commission strengthen strategic alliance

November 30, 2016
Eastern Caribbean Central Bank and OECS Commission strengthen strategic alliance CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission and the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that strengthens their institutional arrangements for collaboration. The virtual ceremony...

OECS and Mexico collaborate on sustainable strategic tourism master plans

November 30, 2016
OECS and Mexico collaborate on sustainable strategic tourism master plans CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission met with representatives from the government of Mexico to explore collaborating to develop sustainable strategic tourism master plans (SSTMP) in OECS member states. The ambassador of Mexico...

OECS and Brazil agree to promote more trade and investment

November 19, 2016
OECS and Brazil agree to promote more trade and investment CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The November 14-17 Brazilian-OECS Business and Parliamentary Mission to Saint Lucia and the OECS has ended with several projects identified for follow-up by business interests in Brazil and Saint Lucia – and the rest of the OECS. While there, the Brazilian businesses...

FAO and OECS host workshop to enhance intra-regional agriculture trade

November 18, 2016
FAO and OECS host workshop to enhance intra-regional agriculture trade CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Agriculture leaders in the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) convened for a two-day meeting in St Lucia last week to discuss viable options towards enhancing intra-regional trade of agricultural commodities in the OECS. The workshop...

OECS Commission extends community-based tourism support to Grenada

November 14, 2016
OECS Commission extends community-based tourism support to Grenada ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- Community groups in the northeastern region of Grenada benefitted from a community-based five-day tourism workshop aimed at developing and strengthening the tourism product in that part of the island. The northeast region of Grenada comprises...

World Bank mission visits OECS to advance development of the blue economy

November 12, 2016
World Bank mission visits OECS to advance development of the blue economy CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Representatives of the World Bank mission responsible for the Caribbean Regional Oceanscape Project (CROP) visited the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) from November 1-3, 2016 to advance project preparation in anticipation of approval early...

Building bridges for better Caribbean business in Trump era

November 11, 2016
Building bridges for better Caribbean business in Trump era CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Caribbean and Latin America are lapping-up the results of the most controversial US presidential election ever, which served-up what the world had been told was the most tasteless or distasteful candidate as the one Americans liked most.  But long before his surprise...

Eastern Caribbean Institute of Tourism works to develop yachting sector

November 11, 2016
Eastern Caribbean Institute of Tourism works to develop yachting sector CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Many territories in the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) have intensified efforts to develop their maritime sector, given the enormous economic potential of the expanding luxury yachting sector. At the regional level, the OECS Commission has..

Three cabinet ministers to address Brazil-OECS Business Forum in St Lucia

November 7, 2016
Three cabinet ministers to address Brazil-OECS Business Forum in St Lucia RODNEY BAY, St Lucia -- Three government ministers are down to address an upcoming forum aimed at attracting Brazilian business to Saint Lucia and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). The Brazilian parliamentarian and entrepreneurial mission arrived in...

Citizenship sales helping to keep Eastern Caribbean economies afloat

October 26, 2016
Citizenship sales helping to keep Eastern Caribbean economies afloat PORT OF SPAIN, St Kitts (WINN) -- Revenues earned from the sale of citizenship are supporting the economic recovery being experienced in the Eastern Caribbean countries. According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) country report on the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union...

Eastern Caribbean works to promote broader usage of electronic payments

October 21, 2016
Eastern Caribbean works to promote broader usage of electronic payments BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- A recent electronic payments conference and workshop aimed at promoting broader usage of electronic payments in the Eastern Caribbean and the possibility of reducing the usage of cash was held at the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB)...

IMF praises Eastern Caribbean for tackling correspondent banking issues

October 10, 2016
IMF praises Eastern Caribbean for tackling correspondent banking issues WASHINGTON, USA -- As the International Monetary Fund (IMF) wrapped up its annual meeting in Washington, DC, this weekend, managing director Christine Lagarde praised the Eastern Caribbean on its effort to address problems related to the withdrawal of correspondent banks.

Antigua-Barbuda lawyers discuss alleged interference in the judiciary

September 28, 2016
Antigua-Barbuda lawyers discuss alleged interference in the judiciary BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- A recent statement by the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court’s chief justice that attempts are being made to influence the courts shows that the judiciary is on guard against the practice, according to attorney David Dorsett. “Having made that announcement...

Brazil sees St Lucia as a port of entry for OECS business

September 27, 2016
Brazil sees St Lucia as a port of entry for OECS business CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Brazil would like to see the small islands of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) region do more business with it – and the giant Latin American neighbour to the south is ready to open its doors and markets to its tiny northern businesses.

Grenada hosts OECS animation training

September 20, 2016
Grenada hosts OECS animation training ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- The Caribbean Regional Communications Program (CARCIP) recently launched its animation training programme at the T A Marryshow Community College in Grenada. The project, which is funded by the World Bank IDA SDR has three OECS countries...

OECS early childhood professionals meet in Antigua

September 17, 2016
OECS early childhood professionals meet in Antigua ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Two dozen industry professionals participated in the annual meeting of early childhood coordinators, education officers, directors and leaders in Antigua and Barbuda. The three-day workshop (Tuesday 12 to Thursday 15 September) was hosted and facilitated...

Regional partners meet on sustainable fisheries and healthier marine environment

September 15, 2016
Regional partners meet on sustainable fisheries and healthier marine environment MIAMI, USA -- Key partners of the Caribbean and North Brazil Shelf Large Marine Ecosystems Project (the UNDP/GEF CLME+ Project) assembled from 6 to 9 September in Miami to discuss and plan coordinated action towards the sustainable management and use of living marine...

Saint Lucia reaps benefits from OECS yachting initiatives

September 1, 2016
Saint Lucia reaps benefits from OECS yachting initiatives CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Tourism officials in Saint Lucia are pleased about the considerable increase in the number of yacht calls to the island. Statistics released from the Saint Lucia Tourist Board revealed double digit growth (28.8%) in yachting arrivals for the period January to June 2016.

OECS holds national workshops on principles of good manufacturing practices

August 26, 2016
OECS holds national workshops on principles of good manufacturing practices CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Last Thursday marked the fourth in a series of national two-day workshops on the principles of good manufacturing practices for OECS micro small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) organized by the Competitive Business Unit (CBU) of the Organisation of...

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...

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