OECS leaders to meet in Montserrat
Leaders from the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) meet in Montserrat this week to discuss a number of issues confronting the socio-economic development of the sub-region.
Officials say the summit on Thursday will discuss the OECS Growth and Development Strategy Action Plan which outlines short and medium-term as well as long-term activities in the areas of tourism, agriculture and the creative industries among others.
Funding for the sub-region under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) as well as a review of a proposal from Japan to fund fisheries in the OECS will also be on the agenda for the two-day meeting.
The sub-regional leaders are also expected to receive an update on the free movement of OECS nationals with the emphasis being on member states putting into effect the necessary legislation and the processes to ensure the full implementation of the OECS Economic Union.
The leaders will also discuss proposals for the free circulation of goods within the sub-[region.
The OECS groups the islands of Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Montserrat, St. Kitts-Nevis, Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands.