Kyle emerged winner of the 14 – 16 category with an essay on the topic: “Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union can negatively impact the economies of the OECS”. Kyle asserts that the United Kingdom (UK) has been the principal target market for trade for the English-speaking Caribbean, therefore the impending departure of the UK from the European Union in 2019 will result in the severing of the OECS’s only trade agreement with the UK.
In the 17 – 19 category, Rol-J Williams captured the top prize with his piece on the same topic. In Rol-J’s view, the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union can negatively impact the open economies of the OECS by disrupting preferential trade agreements that have been established trilaterally with the once British-dependent states of the OECS, the United Kingdom and the European Union.
The OECS Essay Competition, which is part of the ECCB’s Community Outreach Programme, is aimed at encouraging critical thinking and raising the awareness of secondary school and college students in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) on issues of economic and social development.
Khadijah Halliday of the St Joseph’s Convent Secondary School in Saint Lucia and Tia Ashley Katrib of Christ the King High School in Antigua and Barbuda were the second and third place winners respectively in the age 14-16 category. In the age 17–19 category, Cheyenne Quinlan of the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, Saint Lucia took second place, while Jessica Prevost of the Dominica State College placed third.
The first place winners in each of the categories will be awarded a $2,500 cash prize and a grant of $1,500 will be awarded to their respective schools. The students who placed second will each receive $1,500 and their schools will be presented with a grant of $1,000. The third place winners will each receive $1,000 and their schools will be awarded a grant of $500.