Caribbean News Now!

About Us Contact Us


Jump to your country or territory of interest

Advertise with us

Reach our daily visitors from around the Caribbean and throughout the world. Click here for rates and placements.


Submit news and opinion for publication


Click here to receive our daily regional news headlines by email.


Click here to browse our extensive archives going back to 2004

Also, for the convenience of our readers and the online community generally, we have reproduced the complete Caribbean Net News archives from 2004 to 2010 here.

Climate Change Watch

The Caribbean is especially vulnerable to rising sea levels brought about by global warming. Read the latest news and information here...

Follow Caribbean News Now on Twitter
Connect with Caribbean News Now on Linkedin

News from the Caribbean:

Back To Today's News

St Vincent and the Grenadines minister calls for greater collaboration among OECS members
Published on June 29, 2016 Email To Friend    Print Version

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”. This came mere hours before the United Kingdom made a quantum leap to exit the European Union.

Minister of Agriculture Sabato Caesar
“The OECS would be 40 years old in 2021.The future shape of the OECS is dependent on the political will of its leaders and the voice of the people in the sub-region. Yes, we have made significant advances as a sub-regional organisation within the cultural, social, economic, political and jurisprudential spheres, but there is a need for us to take a closer look at strengthening the economic union,” noted Minister Sabato Caesar.

According to Caesar, the Revised Treaty of Basseterre establishing the OECS economic union must be used as a practitioner’s handbook by technical experts in the public service and investors in the private sector. The way forward must be marked by enhanced efforts, geared at the creation of synergies to address our common challenges.

“Any quest to deepen our integration must be grounded in the firm belief that economic growth relies on a consolidation of the factors of production in member states. This must become a burning desire in the minds and hearts of every citizen. There are still too many barriers which seek to subdivide us, that we allow to grow into seemingly unmovable obstacles,” the Vincentian agriculture minister pointed out.

He added, “The role of the Economic Affairs Council as a sub-regional synthesizer, geared at discovering possibilities and exploring opportunities for economic growth collectively must never be understated.”

The OECS Secretariat in collaboration with the FAO and ministries of agriculture in member states are currently attempting to facilitate an organized system of maritime transportation. This system will accommodate the movement of agricultural produce through the sub-region and has already received commendation.

Additionally, Caesar suggested that citizens of the sub-region over the next decade may heighten discussion on issues concerning the medicinal use of marijuana, increasing intra-regional trade, climate change, youth engagement, agriculture and tourism diversification, hemispheric geopolitical alignment, and hopefully the stabilization of cricket.

"As our policy makers and citizens strengthen the chords of integration, we must avoid insularity and move towards a system of genuine sustainable collectivism,” Caesar concluded.
Reads: 23382

Click here to receive daily news headlines from Caribbean News Now!



C. ben-David:

The OECS is more likely to disintegrate rather than integrate further over the next several years.

Peter Binose:

David you are quite right and we cannot expect Gonsalves to want to integrate with such an organization when he has fought the Marxist corner all his adult life.

He will certainly want to integrate with ALBA because it is a Marxist organization. Also he signed us up to an ALBA agreement which has got clear objects for integration for the members to do so and its written into the agreement.

So we cannot integrate through CARICOM or the OECS it can only be through ALBA because we have already signed up for that


As a result of our comments feature being overtaken in recent weeks by spammers using fake email addresses, producing a large number of bounced verification emails each day, we have reluctantly decided to suspend the comments section until further notice.

User comments posted on this website are the sole views and opinions of the comment author and are not representative of Caribbean News Now or its staff. Caribbean News Now accepts no liability and will not be held accountable for user comments.
Caribbean News Now reserves the right to remove, edit or censor any comments. Any content that is considered unsuitable, unlawful or offensive, includes personal details, advertises or promotes products, services or websites or repeats previous comments will not be approved.
Before posting, please refer to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Other Headlines:

Regional Sports: