20th June, 2018
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts (KYSSFM) – After skipping several regional and international high level meetings, St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, finally joined fellow OECS heads of government for the 65th Meeting of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Authority
The meetings were held on Monday and Tuesday this week in St. Lucia.
Over the two days of meetings, regional leaders addressed a host of matters related to the European Union’s blacklisting of a number of nations in the region, climate change and correspondent banking.
The opening session on 18th June was of particular significance as it is observed annually throughout the sub-region as OECS Day on which the Treaty of Basseterre was signed signalling the establishment of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States in 1981.
On Tuesday, the OECS heads held wide ranging discussions on the establishment of an OECS presence in Africa, particularly as it relates to representation in the African Union and Ethiopia.
The implications of recent changes to the United States’ Foreign Policy on the OECS Economic Union were also raised.
The St. Kitts and Nevis delegation made a presentation on security.
Prime Minister Harris was accompanied at the OECS heads meeting by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security, Osmond Petty, and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kaye Bass.
The 65th Meeting of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Authority was held under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves.