OECS Commission and the Russian Federation Explore Areas for Cooperation

OECS Commission and the Russian Federation Explore Areas for Cooperation

Avenues in which to promote and strengthen deeper cooperation between the OECS and the Russian Federation were preliminarily explored in an introductory meeting between the Director General of the OECS, His Excellency Dr. Didacus Jules and His Excellency Vladimir Vinokurov, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to select OECS Member States including Dominica, Saint Lucia and Antigua and Barbuda.  

Some functional areas of cooperation deliberated upon included sharing expertise in the fields of Oceanography, Agriculture, Sports, Youth Exchanges and Tertiary Scholarships.

Dr. Jules said Russia has been a long standing friend of the Caribbean with cooperation outcomes evident across historic relations with Cuba and Grenada as examples, in the fields of medicine, education, science and sports.

“Although we are at early stages, the opportunities to deepen our cooperation with the Russian Federation across a range of bi-lateral and multi-lateral agreements are notable.

"The Russian Federation through its scholarships offer world class educational opportunities.  Further, with the OECS agri-shipping initiative in motion and the desire for OECS producers to enter new export markets, Member States such as Grenada are well placed to export seasonal high value products such as its diversity of spices to markets in Russia.

“The OECS Commission looks forward to future engagements with Ambassador Vinokurov as we collectively explore opportunities to further existing and new areas of functional cooperation” said Dr. Jules. 

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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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