Castries, Saint Lucia: The Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) celebrates 41 years since the signing of the Treaty of Basseterre, which created the Organization and 11 years since the signing of the Revised Treaty of Basseterre (RTB), which created the Union Economic Community of the Eastern Caribbean (ECEU) on Saturday, June 18, 2022.
The free movement of goods, services, capital and people and the right of establishment – the deep economic integration that encompasses the RTB – enhance the growth and prosperity of our people.
The architects of the OECS, aware of the strength of unity, committed their efforts and resources to the vision of social cohesion and economic development for their peoples, thus formalizing this arrangement of integration, on which a large part of our society was built.
This year’s theme, “41 Years of Integration: Overcoming Challenges to Build Resilience and Sustainability”, testifies to the tenacity and willpower of our people despite the challenges facing our region and further emphasizes on regional advocacy to ensure climate action.
The second National Forum on Defined Contribution (NDC) investment, scheduled to take place in Saint Lucia from 5-7 July 2022, will bring together ministers, investors, private sector actors, development partners, regional institutions and technical experts to focus on opportunities for mobilizing financial support for the implementation of the NDC in the Region.
Referring to the anniversary of the OECS, Elma Gene Isaac, Ambassador of Saint Lucia to CARICOM and the OECS, said the occasion provided Saint Lucia with an opportunity to highlight the major achievements of the Organization since its inception, in accordance with the objectives set out by the RTB. .
Today, citizens of the seven OECS Protocol member states can move, live and work freely in Protocol member states without the need for a work permit or skills certificate, providing access to development paths.
The 41st anniversary of the OECS is commemorated with a number of activities, including a Service of Thanksgiving, held on Monday, June 13, 2022, the OECS Flag Colors Day on June 17 2022 and a virtual flag-raising ceremony on June 18, 2022. .