The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)
marks its 28th anniversary, Thursday June 18th 2009.
Activities to mark the occasion include the
regional launch of an animated Television series
called “U” which highlights the benefits of OECS
integration to citizens of the sub-region, and
promotes the proposed OECS Economic Union. There
will also be the release of a song entitled “Oye U
See Us”, produced by a group of musicians to help
draw public attention to the big success stories of
OECS integration, and to back the current moves to
build stronger ties.
OECS Director General Dr. Len Ishmael will
deliver her annual OECS Day message in which she
will note the impact of the global financial and
economic crisis on the small, open economies of the
OECS, and highlight the focused, proactive response
of OECS Governments as they put measures in place to
stem declines in key economic areas, such as
tourism, construction, and foreign direct
investments. She will note that a key element of the
region’s response is the ongoing work towards the
creation of an OECS Economic Union.
The OECS was established with the June 18th 1981
signing of the Treaty of Basseterre. OECS Member
Governments have taken the decision to move beyond
the current areas of functional cooperation, and to
establish an OECS Economic Union. The Governments
have agreed to have the inauguration of the Economic
Union on June 18th 2010, which marks the beginning
of the OECS 30th anniversary year.
The OECS Member States are Antigua/Barbuda,
Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts/Nevis, St.
Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Anguilla and