CASTRIES, St. Lucia, CMC – Leaders of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) will meet here on Monday with the ratification of the OECS Economic Union among the agenda items.
The meeting will be the first since the November 28 general elections in St. Lucia that resulted in a change of government here.
As a result, Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony will assume the chairmanship of the sub-regional grouping from Stephenson King, who United Workers Party (UWP) was defeated in the election.
An OECS spokesman told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) that the leaders from Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Kitts-Nevis, Montserrat, Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands and the host country, will continue discussions on the economic union that came into operation on August1 last year.
“There are some states which have still not ratified the treaty and this will be up for discussion, while matters relating to the budget of the organisation, the issue of appointments to key positions within the grouping will also be considered, as well as matters related to the operations of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court,” the spokesman said.
He said that matters related to the freedom of movement across the sub-region are on the agenda and that the leaders are also expected to attend the Electronic Government Regional Information Procurement (EGRIP) signing designed to enhance the information storage capacity of member countries through an electronic system.
The summit ends on Wednesday.