Climate Change Vulnerability: OECD head meets with Prime Minister Allen Chastanet

Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, the Hon. Allen Chastanet and OECD Secretary General, His Excellency Angel Gurria

St. Lucia News Online – With climate change reality confronting the Caribbean, OECS Chairman and Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, the Hon. Allen Chastanet has met with the Secretary General of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Secretary General H.E Angel Gurria to examine ways in which to bolster Official Development Assistance (ODA) to the region.

The meeting comes in the wake of three disastrous hurricanes, two of which decimated Dominica, the British Virgin Islands, Barbuda and Puerto Rico.

Speaking from OECD Headquarters in Paris, Prime Minister Chastanet said unprecedented events suggested that a new era of climate reality was upon the Caribbean and that an enhanced international development assistance framework was urgently needed to combat what was likely to be severe growing threats to the region.

“As one Caribbean family spread across Small Island Developing States (SIDS), we don’t lack resilience but we do lack disaster management resources and the meetings I have had with Secretary General Gurria has proven fruitful in fortifying OECD assistance” said Prime Minister Chastanet. (more…)

OECS taking steps to fully embrace digital economy

From R-L: Mr. Simon Alexander, Ambassador Patrick Antoine, Mr. Embert Charles, Dr. Didacus Jules, Hon. Melford Nicholas, Ms. Rhea Yaw Ching, Mr. Bennet Thomas and Mr. Bevil Wooding. (Photo via OECS)
From right: Mr. Simon Alexander, Ambassador Patrick Antoine, Mr. Embert Charles, Dr. Didacus Jules, Hon. Melford Nicholas, Ms. Rhea Yaw Ching, Mr. Bennet Thomas and Mr. Bevil Wooding. (Photo via OECS)

Friday, February 24, 2017 — OECS Member States are taking steps to fully embrace the digital economy. The OECS Commission has formed a special ICT Strategy Group to consider the region’s options for using technology more effectively to facilitate its integration agenda. The group is being chaired by the OECS Director General, Dr. Didacus Jules.

The OECS ICT Strategy Group has been established to ensure that the region is positioned to take full advantage of the digital revolution by removing obstacles and creating new digital opportunities for people and businesses. The Group is comprised of government ministers, telecom regulators, ICT experts and senior policy makers and builds on work already underway in the Eastern Caribbean to address some of the barriers to greater adoption of technology-based services.

“The future prosperity of our region is hinged to how well we leverage information and communications technology to enable the seamless movement of people, goods and capital in the sub-region. The OECS has already made significant strides in this regard. However, there is still more to be done. We must now take steps to ensure our institutions and industries adapt, and that our citizens are able to make full use of the potential of digital services and goods.

Read more at: Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)

Saint Lucia PM holds talks with OECS Director-General

Saint Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet and Director-Genera of the OECS, Dr. Didacus Jules (Photo via SKNIS)
Saint Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet and Director-Genera of the OECS, Dr. Didacus Jules (Photo via SKNIS)

Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, the Hon. Allen Chastanet on Monday held discussions with Director-General of the Organisatoin of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission, Dr. Didacus Jules on areas in which both the Government and Commission could forge closer collaboration.

The Prime Minister and Director-General exchanged views on strengthening and consolidating cooperation in the face of Regional and global economic challenges, with the Prime Minister being briefed on key OECS activities and events.

Dr. Jules again congratulated the Prime Minister and his Cabinet on their emphatic victory and assured the incoming Chastanet Administration of the support of the OECS to the Government in addressing the unique issues and opportunities facing the region. (more…)

OECS celebrates 35th anniversary

OECS Heads at a meeting in Dominica last year (Photo via Dominica News Online)
OECS Heads and representatives at a meeting in Dominica last year (Photo via Dominica News Online)

BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, JUNE 12th, 2016 (PRESS SEC) – Thirty-five years ago this week, the Treaty of Basseterre was signed on June 18th, 1981, in the capital city of St. Kitts and Nevis, establishing the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).

The original signatories were Antigua and Barbuda (signed by Deputy Premier Lester Bird); Dominica (Prime Minister Mary Eugenia Charles); Grenada (Prime Minister Maurice Bishop); Montserrat (Minister of Education Franklyn Margetson); St. Kitts and Nevis (Premier Kennedy Simmonds); Saint Lucia (Prime Minister Winston Cenac), and St. Vincent and the Grenadines (Deputy Prime Minister Hudson Tannis).  By signing the Treaty, they agreed to cooperate with each other and promote unity and solidarity among the OECS membership.  The British Virgin Islands joined the OECS in November 1984 and Anguilla in May 1995; both are associate members.

Today, the 35th Anniversary Celebrations will be launched at a press conference that is scheduled for simulcast in all OECS Member States.  Dr. Didacus Jules, the Director General of the OECS Commission, will deliver welcome remarks.  (more…)