August 9, 2020

P.M Gonsalves Commits To Accelerating Regional Integration

Accelerating OECS Regional Integration and committing to strengthening climate change adaption measures are just some of the key priority areas recently outlined by the new Chairman of the OECS Hon. Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines at the 30th Meeting of the OECS Commission.

Key Points

– OECS Chairman Hon. Dr. Ralph Gonsalves signals Regional Integration and Climate Change Adaptation measures are some key priority areas under his Chairmanship

– OECS Commission pushes forward with its Strategic Objectives to accelerate Regional Integration, Climate Change Adaptation and Entrepreneurial Support as some focus areas

– OECS Commission to also focus on better explaining Regional Integration and the rights and responsibilities of every citizen for improved economic opportunities

Prime Minister Gonsalves who assumed the role of OECS Chairman on June 18th 2018 signaled these priority areas for the coming year at a recent meeting of OECS Commissioners – designated representatives of Ambassadorial rank from each Member State to the OECS.

Framed against an evolving regional and global political landscape, Prime Minister Gonsalves reaffirmed the work of the OECS Commission and Member States in advancing Regional Integration for the social, cultural and economic benefit of all citizens but noted more work needed to be done in accord with the Revised Treaty of Basseterre (RTB).

Prime Minister Gonsalves further committed to ensuring that climate change negotiations and work advanced under previous OECS Chairman and Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, the Hon. Allen Chastanet, be strengthened to protect the OECS as a collection of Small Island Developing States.

OECS Director General Dr. Didacus Jules said the assumption of the chairmanship by Prime Minister Gonsalves was fortuitous as he brings a long record of service as one of the signatories to the Revised Treaty of Basseterre and a rigorous grounding in political economy and history at a time of increasing uncertainty and the decline of multilateralism.

“Together we have achieved much and to improve opportunities for all we must continue to traverse the faultlines of triviality, focus on our special place in the world and be emboldened that within the OECS we have the wherewithal, talent and ability to create the futures of tomorrow.

“We thank Prime Minister Gonsalves for his strong, principled leadership and we look forward to working under his Chairmanship, the Authority and Commissioners to advance a more secure, safer and prosperous OECS for all” said Dr. Jules.

The 30th Meeting of the OECS Commission was held from the 15th – 16th August 2018 in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

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