Happy Canada Day 150th Anniversary

Happy Canada Day 150th Anniversary

Statement from the OECS Commission

The Commission of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) has the honour to offer on behalf of the Organisation and its Member States and people, warm congratulations and best wishes on the occasion of the 150th Anniversary of Canada Day.

The OECS and Canada have long enjoyed warm and friendly relations, founded on the shared history of association with the United Kingdom and France, and on shared values of democracy, personal freedom, social justice, good governance and the rule of law.

Over the years, Member States of the Organisation have benefitted tremendously from the generosity of the people of Canada as expressed through the numerous infrastructural, social and economic projects that have been implemented in their name within the region. Indeed, Canada’s contribution to the development of OECS Member States is etched indelibly in the annals of their history.

Over the years too, Canada has fired the imagination of people the world over, with its inspiring record of achievement in numerous spheres of human endeavour, and stands as a beacon of hope amidst the chaos and despair that is so prevalent in our world.  

It is the expectation of the Commission that the mutually beneficial relationship that has existed between Canada and the Organisation and its Member States will deepen even further in the coming years.

The Commission salutes the Government and people of Canada on the achievement of this milestone that is the 150th Anniversary of Canada Day, and extends very best wishes for the achievement of many more of such milestones in the future.      

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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 eleven 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, Martinique and Guadeloupe. 

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