Reducing the OECS Food Import Bill: New Trade Data Tool to Inform Policy

Reducing the OECS Food Import Bill: New Trade Data Tool to Inform Policy

OECS Media Release

Spurring domestic agricultural production to meet local and international demand while reducing the region’s food import bill is the focus of a powerful new data tool recently presented to agricultural decision makers at the OECS Commission.

 

The ‘OECS Trade Vista for Food and Agriculture’ portal was presented by Dr. Patrick Antoine, Special Adviser to the Director General (IICA) Inter American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture

In a first for the region, the portal can rapidly provide on-demand trade and other related data through a single electronic platform which allows for targeted interventions within the food and agriculture sector.

OECS Director General Dr. Didacus Jules said the intention is to utilize the trade portal to show all products imported, exported and trade occurring inter-regionally to not only have an empirical basis for making sound trade decisions but to engage in associated negotiations.

“We expect the portal will also help advance policy and Member State trade negotiating positions.

"The OECS is grateful for the assistance provided by IICA and our partners for enhancing agricultural production within the regional grouping” said Dr. Jules.

   This story aligns with OECS Strategic Objective No.5: Align and strengthen the Institutional Systems of the Commission to effectively deliver its mandate.
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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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