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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...

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...

OECS Commission launches OECS youth strategy under the brand OECS YES

June 9, 2016
OECS Commission launches OECS youth strategy under the brand OECS YES CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission has officially launched an OECS youth strategy under the brand OECS YES.  This strategy was developed based on the need for greater attention and action to issues directly affecting OECS youth.

OECS destinations hit the road in Germany for another joint promotion event

June 2, 2016
OECS destinations hit the road in Germany for another joint promotion event CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission is once again coordinating another joint promotion activity for its member states to promote their respective destinations. The OECS Road Show in Germany follows three successful joint promotion...

OECS director general meets with Martinique executive council president

May 18, 2016
OECS director general meets with Martinique executive council president FORT-DE-FRANCE, Martinique -- On Friday May 13, 2016, the director general of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), Dr Didacus Jules, met with the president of the Executive Council of Martinique, Alfred Marie-Jeanne, at the offices of the Collectivité de Martinique.

OECS council of foreign ministers meets in St Vincent

May 13, 2016
OECS council of foreign ministers meets in St Vincent KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- The second meeting of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Council of Ministers (Foreign Affairs) was convened in St Vincent and the Grenadines on May 8, 2016, under the chairmanship of that country’s minister for foreign affairs.

OECS collaborates with Singapore to host workshop for port managers

May 6, 2016
OECS collaborates with Singapore to host workshop for port managers CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Participants have commended the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and government of Singapore for a timely, relevant and instructive workshop, on port management and operations in the OECS, held from April 26-29, 2016. The workshop...

OECS to focus on geothermal energy at St Kitts and Nevis forum

May 5, 2016
OECS to focus on geothermal energy at St Kitts and Nevis forum BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission are partnering with the government of St Kitts and Nevis jointly to host a regional geothermal forum under the theme: ‘Opportunities and...

US ambassador praises juvenile justice reform project in Antigua-Barbuda

April 30, 2016
US ambassador praises juvenile justice reform project in Antigua-Barbuda ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The United States ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Linda Taglialatela, praised ongoing juvenile justice reform efforts in Antigua and Barbuda during a close-out ceremony for the Antigua segment of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean...

ECCB concerned about region's financial stability

April 29, 2016
ECCB concerned about region's financial stability BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- As two more indigenous banks in the region go under, the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) is concerned about the status of the financial stability of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU). In recent days, the National Bank of Anguilla...

OECS tourism ministers to meet in Antigua-Barbuda

April 20, 2016
OECS tourism ministers to meet in Antigua-Barbuda ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The third Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Council of Ministers meeting on tourism matters will be convened under the theme: OECS Economic Union: Tourism, driving Growth and Development. Some key aspects to be discussed...

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