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Regional stakeholders receive findings of OECS gap analysis

December 18, 2014
Regional stakeholders receive findings of OECS gap analysis CASTRIES, St Lucia -- A landmark Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) initiative focusing on sustainable land management and climate change adaptation achieved its first project milestone in Saint Lucia this week. A regional stakeholders’ workshop on Tuesday signaled the completion...

No monopoly of telecom market, say OECS ministers

December 10, 2014
No monopoly of telecom market, say OECS ministers CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) telecommunications ministers have taken a decision to prevent the return to a telecommunications monopoly following a proposed merger between Cable and Wireless Communications and Columbus Communications International.

OECS citizens no longer need work permits in Antigua-Barbuda

November 27, 2014
OECS citizens no longer need work permits in Antigua-Barbuda ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The government of Antigua and Barbuda has announced that citizens of protocol member states of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Economic Union are no longer required to apply for a work permit to be employed in the country.

St Vincent and the Grenadines to pilot OECS annual labour survey

November 25, 2014
St Vincent and the Grenadines to pilot OECS annual labour survey CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission in collaboration with St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) central statistics office and department of labour will pilot the OECS annual survey of labour turnover, skills and vacancies during the fourth quarter of 2014 in SVG.

OECS businesses seek greater exposure in Canadian markets

November 18, 2014
OECS businesses seek greater exposure in Canadian markets ROSEAU, Dominica -- The Trade Facilitation Office of Canada (TFO Canada), with support from the Dominica-based Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States Export Development Unit (OECS EDU) will host half-day seminars on exporting to Canada. The first of these will take place in St Lucia.

ECCB reports improved fiscal and debt positions in ECCU

November 5, 2014
ECCB reports improved fiscal and debt positions in ECCU BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CUOPM) -- The fiscal and debt positions of the governments of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) is estimated to have improved for the year to September 2014 with declines in the primary and overall deficits of EC$71.8million and EC$17.8 million.

ECCB rejects devaluation suggestion

November 3, 2014
ECCB rejects devaluation suggestion BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- A case for devaluation of currencies in the Caribbean pegged to the US dollar made by an economics professor, as a way to address the economic challenges facing the region, has been rejected by the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB).

Driving permits no longer required in St Lucia for OECS citizens

November 1, 2014
Driving permits no longer required in St Lucia for OECS citizens CASTRIES, St Lucia (GIS) -- Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) citizens no longer need a visitor’s driving permit to drive motor vehicles in Saint Lucia. The House of Assembly has authorized the implementation of a non-visitor driving permit for citizens of OECS member states in Saint Lucia.

ECCB governor rejects allegations of autocratic management

October 30, 2014
ECCB governor rejects allegations of autocratic management BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) Sir K Dwight Venner has rejected allegations contained in an unsigned letter circulated a month ago, accusing management of the bank of being autocratic. Venner, who was participating in a recent...

LIAT partners with OECS member states in campaign against Ebola threat

October 30, 2014
LIAT partners with OECS member states in campaign against Ebola threat CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Regional air carrier LIAT has boosted the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission’s campaign to reduce the threat and minimize the impact of Ebola on member states and the wider region. The Caribbean airline offered complimentary seats to...

OECS considers Ebola 'SWAT' team

October 29, 2014
OECS considers Ebola 'SWAT' team CASTRIES, St Lucia -- A "SWAT" (special weapons and tactics) team is being considered in order to respond swiftly to any suspected case of Ebola in the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) region should the need arise. This was one of the proactive approaches outlined by...

OECS tourism and hospitality training project gets underway

October 29, 2014
OECS tourism and hospitality training project gets underway CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission has commenced work towards establishing a network of excellence in tourism and hospitality training and education project. The tourism training network, via support from the 10th European...

Commentary: The Eastern Caribbean Currency Union: Disappointing growth

October 28, 2014
Commentary: The Eastern Caribbean Currency Union: Disappointing growth The recession in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) ended in 2012, but the recovery remains subdued as economic activity is still well below pre-crisis levels. In our recent Regional Economic Outlook Update, we revised our growth projections for the ECCU region downward, to 1.1 percent.

OECS to take harmonised approach to managing chikungunya and Ebola

October 21, 2014
OECS to take harmonised approach to managing chikungunya and Ebola KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- The first Council of Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) health ministers meeting held on last Thursday in Kingstown, St Vincent and the Grenadines, identified chikungunya and Ebola as the most urgent public health priorities facing the region at this time.

St Lucia imposes travel restriction for Ebola countries; Grenada calls for OECS action

October 16, 2014
St Lucia imposes travel restriction for Ebola countries; Grenada calls for OECS action CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The government of Saint Lucia has imposed with immediate effect a prohibition on persons from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone who wish to travel to the island. All visitors from the three countries will be denied entry into Saint Lucia until further notice.

OECS health ministers to meet for talks on Ebola

October 14, 2014
OECS health ministers to meet for talks on Ebola KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) health ministers will meet in St Vincent and the Grenadines on Wednesday to develop a comprehensive strategy to help mitigate emerging viral diseases, particularly, chickungunya and Ebola.

ECCB governor outlines roles of sectors in ECCU

October 9, 2014
ECCB governor outlines roles of sectors in ECCU BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CUOPM) -- The private sector in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) has a very important task of changing its structure and orientation to compete in the international environment if the sub-region is to achieve sustainable rates of growth.

BVI to host inaugural OECS environmental sustainability meeting

September 30, 2014
BVI to host inaugural OECS environmental sustainability meeting ROAD, TOWN, BVI -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) ministers responsible for environmental portfolios will meet in Road Town, Tortola, in the British Virgin Islands this week for their inaugural meeting since the Revised Treaty of Basseterre came into force in 2011.

OECS and UNWTO formalize collaboration in the tourism sector

September 27, 2014
OECS and UNWTO formalize collaboration in the tourism sector CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) have established a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to enhance cooperation between the two organisations.  At a meeting of the OECS Council of Ministers...

OECS member states to participate in world-renowned Annapolis Boat Show

September 25, 2014
OECS member states to participate in world-renowned Annapolis Boat Show CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) will participate as a collective at the Annapolis Sailboat Show, billed as the largest and longest-running boat show in the US, and features the world’s largest multi-hull collection of sailboats and catamarans.

Trinidad and Tobago government to sell CLICO

September 24, 2014
Trinidad and Tobago government to sell CLICO PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Trinidad and Tobago’s minister of finance, Larry Howai, has confirmed that Colonial Life Insurance Co Ltd (CLICO) is to be sold. He stressed however that the price must be right. Speaking at the meeting of the Standing Finance Committee of the House of Representatives...

OECS education sector strategy moves towards implementation phase

September 22, 2014
OECS education sector strategy moves towards implementation phase ROSEAU, Dominica -- Chief education officers and education planners are to meet in Dominica to plan the implementation of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) education sector strategy. The meeting, which takes place from September 23-26, 2014, will be held under the theme...

OECS to assist UK overseas territories in enhancing child sexual abuse reporting

September 22, 2014
OECS to assist UK overseas territories in enhancing child sexual abuse reporting ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission is to assist United Kingdom Overseas Territories in enhancing strategies for detecting and reporting child sexual abuse cases. This assistance comes through a sub-regional workshop hosted by Antigua.

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.

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