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OECS member states develop curriculum framework for tourism institute

March 2, 2017
OECS member states develop curriculum framework for tourism institute ST JOHN'S, Antigua -- Representatives from all member states of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) participating in the OECS Network of Excellence for Tourism and Hospitality Training and Education (NETHTE) project assembled in Antigua and Barbuda from from February 22 - 23.

World Bank and OECS conduct regional microdata documentation workshop

February 28, 2017
World Bank and OECS conduct regional microdata documentation workshop GROS ISLET, St Lucia -- The World Bank, in collaboration with the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission, conducted an OECS microdata documentation regional workshop during the week 13-17 February, 2017. The workshop was organised to support...

OECS ports prepare for free circulation of goods

February 27, 2017
OECS ports prepare for free circulation of goods CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The second meeting of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) port management committee was convened online via web-conference on Friday, February 17, 2017. The meeting was largely focused on engaging OECS port authorities on the policies...

OECS considers new options for reducing broadband prices and increasing service quality

February 25, 2017
OECS considers new options for reducing broadband prices and increasing service quality CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) member states are taking steps to fully embrace the digital economy. The OECS Commission has formed a special ICT Strategy Group to consider the region’s options for using technology more effectively to facilitate...

OECS engages citizens on key development issues

February 7, 2017
OECS engages citizens on key development issues CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) has begun engaging citizens of member states on issues impacting their lives, the challenges facing the region, and the development opportunities for the OECS and its people. The public education forum series, dubbed Vini Koze...

Talks ongoing to amalgamate OECS indigenous banks

February 4, 2017
Talks ongoing to amalgamate OECS indigenous banks BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) Governor Timothy Antoine is continuing to push for the amalgamation of local banks in the OECS sub-region. He spoke to the issue recently in Dominica, and again returned to the subject in Anguilla.

OECS country needs assessment commences in Anguilla

February 4, 2017
OECS country needs assessment commences in Anguilla THE VALLEY, Anguilla -- A team from the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission commenced a four-day Country Needs Assessment (CNA) mission in Anguilla on Tuesday. The CNA mission involves discussion with a wide cross-section of stakeholders.

OECS surveys geothermal energy resources in the Eastern Caribbean

February 3, 2017
OECS surveys geothermal energy resources in the Eastern Caribbean CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Financing and government policy have been identified as the major challenges to the development of geothermal energy in the Eastern Caribbean. That’s one of the findings of a Survey conducted by the Energy Unit of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States...

Use economic citizenship funds wisely, says ECCB governor

January 17, 2017
Use economic citizenship funds wisely, says ECCB governor BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Guidelines and recommendations pertaining to the use of revenue from economic citizenship programmes in the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) have been put forward by Governor Timothy Antoine of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank.

Non-performing loans threaten ECCU financial sector

January 17, 2017
Non-performing loans threaten ECCU financial sector BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- One of the leading threats to the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) financial system is the high level of non-performing loans of banks in the countries that share the EC dollar. This is according to Timothy Antoine, governor of the Eastern Caribbean...

Commentary: It's all about land

January 17, 2017
Commentary: It's all about land As 2016 breathed its last gasps of breath one might have expected that the New Year would be the one shining light at the end of the tunnel. That hope was soon dashed by what looms over the horizon for us in Anguilla. Already strapped by the results of a nonexistent economy, a government...

Commentary: Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler: Replace the Queen with Dwight Venner on the EC dollar!

January 10, 2017
Commentary: Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler: Replace the Queen with Dwight Venner on the EC dollar! I grew-up at Hospital Road in Castries in the 1960s and 70s, seeing Dwight Venner walking up and down, to and from his nearby family home, ‘going to town’ and returning from St Mary’s College, the island’s top Catholic school for boys. Much younger, I attended primary school. But from my...

ECCB mourns passing of former governor

December 24, 2016
ECCB mourns passing of former governor BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) is mourning the sudden passing of Sir K Dwight Venner, the second and longest serving governor of the ECCB. Sir Dwight’s passing comes less than eight weeks before the Monetary Council, in recognition of his...

EU to boost CARIBBEAN competitiveness by strengthening regional partnerships

December 12, 2016
EU to boost CARIBBEAN competitiveness by strengthening regional partnerships BASSE-TERRE, Guadeloupe -- The INTERREG V Caribbean, a multimillion dollar EU-funded program to strengthen regional partnerships, will be officially launched in Saint Lucia on Wednesday. In addition to boosting the economic competitiveness of the region's countries...

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 BASSETERRE, 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...

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