LESTRADE ON ECONOMIC INTEGRATION IN OECS: THE FOUNDERS TV SERIES

The difficulties of East Caribbean economic integration, including the failure of a scheme for the allocation of industries among OECS member states and the closure of the East Caribbean Tourism Association, are some of the subjects discussed in the fourth part of the TV documentary series OECS: The Founders, which airs on television in the OECS tonight and is available on the OECS Website.

The fourth programme features the first Director of the Economic Affairs Secretariat (EAS) Swinburne Lestrade of Dominica. The EAS was based in Antigua and Lestrade recalls the challenges of dealing with political interference in the Secretariat by the Antigua Government.

Lestrade served as Director of the Economic Affairs Secretariat from 1981- 1987 and later as Director General of the OECS from 1996-2000. An economist by profession, he is currently a freelance consultant.

The OECS Founders series was commissioned in observance of the 35th Anniversary of the OECS on 18th June, 2016 and is produced and presented by Earl Stephen Huntley of the West Indies Media Corporation (WIMEDIA).

The programmes will be aired regionally through a variety of broadcast mediums. Persons are encouraged to check their local television station listings to tune in. The series can also be viewed on the OECS Website by clicking here: http://www.oecs.org/index.php/homepage/history 

The pilot broadcast on NTN (St. Lucia) can be viewed at 9:00pm on Mondays with rebroadcasts on Tuesdays (9:00am and 3:00pm), Saturdays (8:00pm) and Sundays (12:00pm). 

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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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