New OECS Chairman calls for Extensive Functional Cooperation

Saint Lucia's Prime Minister, Hon. Allen Chastanet assumes the chairmanship following the tenure of Prime Minister of Saint Kitts and Nevis, Hon. Dr. Timothy Harris

New Chairman of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), Prime Minister Honourable Allen M. Chastanet, has called for deeper economic integration and more extensive functional cooperation between small island developing states. 

Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister took over the chairmanship from Prime Minister of Saint Kitts and Nevis, Honourable Dr. Timothy Harris, and will serve for one year.

Prime Minister Chastanet has noted that the OECS needs to “assert ourselves on the world stage” and added that the Revised Treaty of Basseterre must be implemented in a manner that is “strategic, innovative and fearless.”

As the current Chairman of the OECS, Prime Minister Chastanet is committed to continuing work on the economic union, facilitating business development, and promoting functional cooperation with particular attention being to justice and security and climate change. 

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Nicole Mc Donald Senior Communications Officer, Office of the Prime Minister, Saint Lucia
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Nicole Mc Donald Senior Communications Officer, Office of the Prime Minister, Saint Lucia
OECS Communications Unit Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States
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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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