Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell has referred to as on the Organisation of Japanese Caribbean States (OECS) to proceed to do extra for the socio-economic improvement of the sub-region regardless of its achievements over the previous 41 years.
Mitchell, who’s chairman of the nine-member regional grouping, stated the achievements of the OECS “illustrate the power and resilience of our integration motion, notably in a worldwide setting the place the distinctiveness and inherent vulnerabilities of Small Island Creating States, usually are not thought-about a precedence for all”.
The OECS teams the islands of Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, and the Grenadines, St. Kitts-Nevis, Montserrat, Anguilla, and the British Virgin Islands.
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Final weekend, the OECS, celebrated its forty first anniversary below the theme, ‘41 Years of Integration: Overcoming Challenges to Construct Resilience and Sustainability”.
Among the many actions marking the event, was a thanksgiving service, the OECS Colours Day, and an official flag elevating ceremony.
In his handle, Prime Minister Mitchell challenged the regional grouping to beat all future and unexpected challenges, by remaining aggressive, responsive, and related. In accordance with him, ‘As we go into the long run, our dedication to financial harmonization and integration, safety of human and authorized rights and the encouragement of excellent governance amongst our impartial and non-independent nations stays embodied inside our compass. With our Revised Treaty of Basseterre, we should proceed to extend the runs on the scorecard and stay responsive, aggressive, and related”
The revised treaty was signed on June 18, 2010, in St. Lucia. It established a single monetary and financial area the place items, individuals and capital transfer freely. It additionally permits the harmonization of financial and governmental insurance policies regarding taxes and income.
“The nations of this financial union proceed to undertake a standard strategy to commerce, well being, schooling and the setting, in addition to the event of vital sectors akin to agriculture, tourism and power,” the OECS Fee stated.
Mitchell stated the OECS “should additionally proceed to embrace gender fairness, inclusion, empowerment of youth, digital innovation and entrepreneurship as cross-cutting and important options of our integration motion,” he added.
The St. Lucia-based OECS Fee stated every week of employees appreciation actions ending on July 1, will sign the tip of celebrations for the forty first anniversary.