Dominica Observes OECS 32nd Anniversary
Tuesday June 18th 2013 will marked 32 years since the establishment of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).
Thirty two years of facilitating efforts by the nine Member States, to further develop the people of the OECS region through various programmes and projects in several cases, with the help of the international donor community.
The OECS was established on June 18th 1981, and the Member States are Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands.
I want Dominicans to appreciate the importance of unity in everything they do, as this was vital in the survival of the OECS, was the view of Ambassador to the OECS and CARICOM, His Excellency Felix Gregoire.
Mr. Gregoire stated, a lot has been accomplished thus far during the existence of the OECS Dominica is a part of.
Much attention has been given to two of the key pillars of economic development in the OECS namely Agriculture and Tourism; collectively because of the interconnection of the two sectors and individually through specific needs.
Other interventions include training in Information and Communications Technology for persons associated with the Agriculture sector, with particular reference to the collection and management of critical data and related information.
It also involves increased efforts towards enhancing Agriculture Food and Health Safety Systems in Member States.
In Tourism, work is being advanced on the implementation of an agreed OECS Common Tourism Policy.
Programmes and policies are being formulated and harmonized in other areas across the Member States of the OECS Economic Union, which can yield further significant benefits to the people in the OECS in areas such as Manufacturing, Construction, Information and Communications Technology ICT, Trade Policy and Trade Facilitation, Transportation, Energy, Ocean Governance and the Environment.
“There are a number of agreements binding OECS member states and arrangements internationally we have to take advantage of, that needs to be approached with strength in numbers mentality collectively as the OECS and not individual countries,” Mr. Gregoire noted.
A most defining moment in the history of the OECS to date, has been the operationalization of the OECS Economic Union.
This year the OECS Region embraces two years since its Independent Member States commenced operation of the OECS Economic Union; a new development designed to enhance the way of life for people of the region in the long term.