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Organization of American States (OAS) and the OECS to Cooperate on Development Issues

Organization of American States (OAS) and the OECS to Cooperate on Development Issues

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The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission have signed a cooperation agreement to strengthen their cooperation in areas related to development in the region, with special emphasis on education and training opportunities.

During the signing ceremony yesterday in Washington DC, the OAS Secretary General, Luis Almagro, recalled that among the 34 active OAS member states, 6 are also member states of the OECS.

After signing the agreement, the OAS leader said:

“Today’s brief ceremony represents a reaffirmation and a strengthening of the spirit of collaboration which both the General Secretariat of the OAS and the OECS Commission acknowledge as critical to the realization of our mutual goals for improving the lives of the people whom we serve.”

The Director General of the OECS, Didacus Jules, himself a former recipient of an OAS scholarship, discussed the benefits of the agreement in that area.

“We are very gratified to sign this agreement; it covers a number of areas, but historically education is one of the key ones and included is not just an assistance in helping to popularize and spread the scholarship program of the OAS but importantly to make use of some of the existing instruments available through the OAS such as the platform for teacher education and training.” 

In the framework of the ceremony, the leaders of both organizations discussed how they could join forces to assist in efforts to recover from the effects of recent natural disasters in Dominica.

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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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