Saint Lucia Celebrates its 40th Anniversary of Independence

Saint Lucia Celebrates its 40th Anniversary of Independence

OECS Commission Celebrates

The Commission of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) extends to the Government and people of Saint Lucia warmest congratulations on the occasion of the nation’s 40th Anniversary of Independence marked today.  A host of celebrations marked the event including the raising of the flag by Mr. Matthew Nelson who raised the flag at Saint Lucia's commemoration of Independence on the 22nd February, 1979.

The celebrations included a Prayer for the Nation by Msgnr. Patrick Anthony, a remote address by Acting Prime Minister of Saint Lucia Hon. Guy Joseph, a rendition of the National Anthem by Mr. Manasseh Stanislaus from the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, a talent show with fashion displays, singing, reading of poems, standup comedy and a cook up of traditional fare. 

The Commission acknowledges the profound contribution which Saint Lucia continues to make toward the growth and development of the OECS family and looks forward to the continuation of that contribution into the future.

Watch the highlights of the day below:

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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 eleven 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, Martinique and Guadeloupe. 

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