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OECS needs a unified approach to development, says economist

March 30, 2017
OECS needs a unified approach to development, says economist ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- The biggest impediment to growth of the economies of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is their small size and scale of production, and the lack of a unified regional approach to development. That’s the view of Dr Vanus James, economist...

OECS officials convene to discuss freedom of movement regime

March 28, 2017
OECS officials convene to discuss freedom of movement regime CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Regional integration stakeholders convened on March 16 to discuss the current implementation status of the indefinite stay regime and the rights contingent to the free movement of people regime; two critical accomplishments of the OECS.

OECS laboratories receive new agricultural health and food safety equipment

March 25, 2017
OECS laboratories receive new agricultural health and food safety equipment CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Laboratories in Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) member states are now better equipped to diagnose issues related to human, animal and plant health, and food safety, thus increasing their levels of efficacy and efficiency. On Wednesday March 15, 2017...

Significant progress made to reduce deforestation and forest degradation in St Lucia

March 24, 2017
Significant progress made to reduce deforestation and forest degradation in St Lucia CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Two days of consultations held in Saint Lucia recently have laid the groundwork for implementation of a National Strategy for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+). Agencies and experts in attendance during the two-day consultations...

OECS discusses ocean governance and policy

March 7, 2017
OECS discusses ocean governance and policy CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Representatives from Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines, participated in the sixth meeting of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)...

ECCU at critical economic juncture, says ECCB governor

March 3, 2017
ECCU at critical economic juncture, says ECCB governor BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- According to Timothy Antoine, governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) is at a critical juncture coming on the heels of the economic difficulties of the recent past and a future pregnant with uncertainty...

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...

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