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Grenada hosts OECS integration and economic union public awareness country mission

September 10, 2014
Grenada hosts OECS integration and economic union public awareness country mission ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- A technical mission from the Organisation of East Caribbean States (OECS) visited Grenada on Tuesday to meet with and update key stakeholder groups on the progress of OECS Integration and the OECS Economic Union. This is mission is a collaborative effort...

OECS and SIDS at the Samoa conference call for a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions

September 5, 2014
OECS and SIDS at the Samoa conference call for a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions APIA, Samoa -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and other small island developing states (SIDS) have called on countries that are signatories to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.

OECS quarantine experts assigned to develop a national pest risk analysis

September 3, 2014
OECS quarantine experts assigned to develop a national pest risk analysis CASTRIES St Lucia -- The first ever training programme in pest risk analysis or PRA for Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Quarantine Officers concluded on Thursday August 28 with a field trip. Over 20 experts, including plant protection officers as well as lab technicians...

OECS and UNICEF deepen cooperation to advance child and social development in the region

August 28, 2014
OECS and UNICEF deepen cooperation to advance child and social development in the region CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) deepened their collaborative efforts on Tuesday through the signing of a new programme cooperation agreement to the tune of US$1.165 million.

OECS e-business and e-commerce workshops continue

August 26, 2014
OECS e-business and e-commerce workshops continue ROSEAU, Dominica -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Export Development Unit will resume its e-business workshops for firms in the region during the week of August 26, 2014. Workshops will be conducted in Montserrat on August 26 and in the British Virgin Islands on August 28.

St Lucia gives effect to OECS movement of people regime

August 22, 2014
St Lucia gives effect to OECS movement of people regime CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Citizens of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Economic Union who travel to Saint Lucia can now stay there indefinitely. The OECS Commission’s Castries-based Regional Integration Unit said, upon arrival in Saint Lucia, citizens of the OECS Economic Union...

Talks resume on developing OECS marine managed areas and associated livelihoods

August 16, 2014
Talks resume on developing OECS marine managed areas and associated livelihoods CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Stakeholder consultations resumed on Thursday on moves towards further sustaining or enhancing marine managed areas and their associated livelihoods in the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). This is being facilitated through the Eastern Caribbean...

St Kitts-Nevis leads OECS, French, Dutch islands in exports to US

August 12, 2014
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CUOPM) -- St Kitts and Nevis continued to be the leading exporter of goods and services to the United States in June this year, more than all other OECS nations, as well as St Maarten, Guadeloupe and Martinique. According to foreign trade statistics issued by...

Argentina pledges further support for OECS

August 12, 2014
Argentina pledges further support for OECS CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Argentine ambassador to the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), Luis Beltran Martinez Thomas, has affirmed that Argentina has decided to broaden and deepen its relations with the Caribbean countries bilaterally and multilaterally, through regional...

Montserrat Calabash Festival suggested as a model for other OECS member states

August 2, 2014
Montserrat Calabash Festival suggested as a model for other OECS member states CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The ninth Montserrat Calabash Festival was recently staged and, following up on the success of the 2014 event, the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission’s Tourism Desk recommends the Montserrat Calabash Festival as a model to be replicated.

OECS discusses regional approach to agriculture

August 1, 2014
OECS discusses regional approach to agriculture CASTRIES, St Lucia (GIS) -- Chairman of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Authority, prime minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, says the OECS region has the capacity to supply itself with locally-produced food. According to Skerrit, “If the market is sure farmers will produce.”

Monetary conditions in the ECCU improve, increase in GDP expected

July 30, 2014
Monetary conditions in the ECCU improve, increase in GDP expected BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CUOPM) -- Monetary conditions in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) improved during the year ending March 31, 2014. However, credit conditions tightened further as was evidenced by the widening of the interest rate spread during the same period.

Eastern Caribbean countries to benefit from energy-focused partnership

July 29, 2014
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Caribbean Development Bank, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will be working closely to transform the energy landscape in the Eastern Caribbean. Together, the agencies will support...

OECS opposition parties urged to reject CCJ

July 28, 2014
OECS opposition parties urged to reject CCJ CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The recent announcement by the incoming chairman of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit of Dominica, that he intends to make the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) the ultimate legal body of all member states by the end of his tenure...

OECS Authority to convene its 59th meeting on Saturday in St Vincent

July 26, 2014
KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- The 59th meeting of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Authority and the first of two official OECS heads of government meetings for 2014, will be held on Saturday in St Vincent and the Grenadines. A report on the initial sitting of the OECS Economic...

The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States - 33 years later

July 25, 2014
The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States - 33 years later CASTRIES, St Lucia – Thirty-three years after the signing of the Treaty of Basseterre establishing the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), the Organisation reflects on its achievements in a series of articles of which this is part one. On June 18, 1981, seven OECS member states...

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.

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