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Finnish Ambassador presents credentials to OECS Director General

Finnish Ambassador presents credentials to OECS Director General

OECS Media Release

The Ambassador of Finland to the Caribbean H.E. Jukka Pietikainen has presented his credentials to the Director General of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, H.E Dr. Didacus Jules.

Speaking from the OECS Commission yesterday, H.E Pietikainen said Finland was honored to establish stronger linkages with the OECS and that Finland was keen to explore new avenues for cooperation with the OECS especially in the areas of education.

"We are eager to help improve the social and economic outlook especially for young people who are often the most disadvantaged demographic" said H.E Pietikainen.

H.E Dr. Didacus Jules said opportunities existed for collaboration with Finland especially in areas of educational development given the success of the Finnish model of education.

“We will be exploring agreements in the areas of scholarships and teacher education to complement and support the work of the Commission’s Education Development Management Unit. 

The opportunity exists for a virtual training mechanism between Finland and the OECS with input from the Finnish teacher training experience.  We welcome the potential cooperation to improve the quality of educational delivery in the OECS. 

We are cognizant that any insights gained from the Finnish model need to be tempered, shaped and understood to suit the Caribbean’s educational context" said Dr. Jules”. 

Dr Jules also shared the work done to date on the Caribbean Climate Smart Coalition framework which is now undergoing a process of consultation and modification with key stakeholders in the region. 

"The Coalition is designed to bring Governments of the Caribbean together with major private sector philanthropists to help make the region the world's first climate resilient region" said Dr. Jules.

The framework presented offered areas for collaboration especially in the use of existing and new technologies which continues to be the most important export industry for the Nordic nation.

Both parties agreed to continue discussions with a view to formalizing an arrangement that would see Finland and the OECS increasingly share social, cultural and economic opportunities.

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The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is an International Organisation dedicated to economic harmonisation and integration, protection of human and legal rights, and the encouragement of good governance among independent and non-independent countries in the Eastern Caribbean. The OECS came into being on June 18th 1981, when seven Eastern Caribbean countries signed a treaty agreeing to cooperate with each other while promoting unity and solidarity among its Members. The Treaty became known as the Treaty of Basseterre, so named in honour of the capital city of St. Kitts and Nevis where it was signed. The OECS today, currently has ten members, spread across the Eastern Caribbean comprising Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and The Grenadines, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla and Martinique.

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