OECS collaborates with ICAO on Travel Facilitation in the Region

OECS collaborates with ICAO on Travel Facilitation in the Region

Managing cross border travel in the Caribbean

Border control officers across the OECS are now better equipped to facilitate regional travel, in conformance with international standards. The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has just concluded two high level meetings for travel industry personnel from the OECS and the wider Caribbean. The first was an ICAO Traveller Identification Programme (TRIP) Regional Symposium, followed by an ICAO Workshop on Air Travel Border Control Management in the Caribbean region. The ICAO meetings were held in Antigua from late January to early February.  

The OECS Commission provided partial support for seven border control officers from Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines to attend the ICAO Workshop. This was done under the OECS 10th EDF Economic Integration and Trade of the OECS Region Project. The Workshop, which was designed to address travel facilitation issues and border control priorities specific to the Caribbean region, attracted close to 50 participants.

Addressing the Workshop, OECS Director General, Dr. Didacus Jules, spoke of the success of the travel arrangements for Cricket World Cup 2007 which epitomised the concept of free movement which he referred to as “one of the greatest moments of regional integration in the Caribbean.” The Director General described the region at that time as “a true borderless region in which persons had a right to move freely.”

Dr. Jules urged Workshop participants to “balance the promise of regional integration with the perils of freedom of movement” in light of threats such as terrorism. He also urged persons to “look beyond the technical elements and give due consideration to the broad vision, and what we are seeking to achieve as a region.”

The ICAO TRIP Strategy seeks to promote a global approach to traveller identification management, as well as provide direction for action by ICAO States and the many international and regional industry partners, in traveller identification management. It includes five key elements: Document Issuance and Control; Machine Readable Travel Documents (MRTDs); Interoperable Applications; Inspection Systems and Tools; and Evidence of Identity.

The OECS Commission’s Tourism Specialist, Dr. Lorraine Nicholas, delivered a presentation on the OECS Single Domestic Space at the TRIP Symposium.

The OECS Commission collaborated closely with the ICAO and the Government of Antigua and Barbuda in organizing the ICAO Meetings, which were attended by 163 participants representing 37 countries.

The next ICAO TRIP Regional Workshop will be held in Jamaica in November 2017.

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Dr. Lorraine Nicholas Head - Tourism Unit, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States
Ramon Peachey OECS Communications, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States
Tahira Carter OECS Communications, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States
Dr. Lorraine Nicholas Head - Tourism Unit, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States
Ramon Peachey OECS Communications, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States
Tahira Carter OECS Communications, 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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