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Service Industry Officials Advised to Adopt Strategies of “Caring” Amidst Fallouts from the COVID-19 Pandemic

Service Industry Officials Advised to Adopt Strategies of “Caring” Amidst Fallouts from the COVID-19 Pandemic

OECS Media Release

Work to establish a new OECS Services Regime comes at a time of uncertainty across the region, given the ongoing public health and economic responses to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

As Senior Services Officials prepare to convene the 2nd Technical Working Group Meeting, priority will be given to advancing Article 26 of the Revised Treaty of Basseterre in order to establish a Harmonisation Agenda for Trade in Services for the Fiscal Year 2020/2021.

In recognition of the impact of the pandemic on all facets of policy-making, OECS Senior Services Trade Officials attending the 1st Meeting of the Technical Working Group were advised to shape their Harmonisation agenda for Trade in Services on strategies that foster a spirit of “Caring for the Caribbean.”

Guest Speaker Dr. Wendy C Grenade, Senior Lecturer at the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus, encouraged Senior Officials to use decision-making approaches that respond to their own ‘philosophical understanding of what is the Caribbean and why it must be cared for’. According to Dr Grenade, such an approach responds to a collective responsibility to guard and protect the well-being of the most vulnerable in the OECS and the wider CARICOM region. 

Reflecting on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the OECS Services Regime, Senior Officials considered a number of issues including:

  1. Integrating Health and Economic Security into the Services Harmonisation Agenda; 
  2. Mainstreaming Ecological and Environmental Sustainability Development; 
  3. Establishing Sector Standards for Continuous Professional Development (CDP) and exploring new frontiers of knowledge;
  4. Integrating Strategic Trade Diplomacy into operations of Overseas Missions to pursue strategic alliances and purposive issue-based coalition-building with bi-lateral and multilateral partners. 

At the conclusion of the Technical Working Group Meeting, Senior Services Trade Officials agreed that the priority areas of focus for the next fiscal year will consider the opportunities for transformation and use of technology to improve intra-OECS trade in Business Services and harnessing the engagement of OECS Youth to contribute to the value-added possibilities for trade in Business Services.

The 1st Technical Working Group Meeting took place via video conference and was chaired by Mrs Delores Francis of the OECS Commission.

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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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