OECS Represented at the 12th ICAO TRIP Symposium

OECS Represented at the 12th ICAO TRIP Symposium

OECS Media Release

The OECS Commission has today concluded talks with several leading experts in the field of travel facilitation, after discussions held at the recently concluded International Civil Aviation’s (ICAO) Traveller Identification Programme (TRIP) Symposium.

The Symposium was held from the 15 to 17 November 2016 at the (ICAO) Montréal Headquarters, where some 554 participants, representing 81 countries, 15 international organizations and industry partners assembled. 

The OECS Commission’s Tourism Specialist, Dr. Lorraine Nicholas said it was rewarding to promote the work of the OECS to an international audience and to utilise the publicity afforded to leverage technical assistance to the region via collaboration with key agencies and partners.

“Ultimately our efforts are directed at enhancing the competitiveness of the OECS Single Domestic Space aimed at driving better economic benefits for the region” said Dr. Nicholas.

Besides the OECS Tourism Specialist, presenters at the Symposium included officials from the World Tourism Organisation, International Labour Organisation, the International Organisation for Migration, the World Bank, the Organisation of American States, the European Commission, the World Customs Organisation, the International Organisation for Standardisation, the International Air Transport Association and the International Criminal Police Organisation.

The diversity of perspectives shared and discussions held were particularly geared towards devising an optimal mix between facilitating ease of travel whilst ensuring border security is not compromised - making travel safer, more hassle free and enjoyable.

During the Symposium, the ICAO provided key updates on the TRIP strategy aimed at enhancing both travel facilitation and security through better traveller identification mechanisms and processes to read and verify travel documents. The ICAO plans to implement a Traveller Identification Programme in the Caribbean region.

An industry exhibition complemented the Symposium with a broad range of products and services related to Machine Readable Travel Documents (MRTD), biometric identification, travel document security applications and border inspection systems.

The next ICAO Trip Regional Seminar will be held in the Caribbean (Antigua & Barbuda) from January 31 – February 2nd, 2017. The OECS Commission is working very closely with the ICAO to organise this workshop.

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Dr. Lorraine Nicholas Tourism Specialist, 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 Tourism Specialist, 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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