OECS highlights benefits associated with ‘free movement’ Treaty

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OECS highlights benefits associated with ‘free movement’ Treaty


GIS –
Program Officer in the OECS Commission’s Regional Integration Unit, Safiya Horne-Bique, expressed delight that Saint Lucia fully became part of the OECS Free Movement Regime.

The OECS Commission’s Regional Integration Unit made the official announcement on Aug. 15, that Saint Lucia’s implementation of the administration arrangements to give effect to the Movement of people Regime was complete.

Horne-Bique explained the benefits associated with this regime.

“It basically give persons the right to live and move freely within the OECS Economic Union space and that is seven member states: Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. They can move to a member state and work without requiring a work permit. They would be treated as a national of that member state. They would not be given a time limit for their stay in a member state.”

She continued: “The free movement of persons within the OECS has been one of the key pillars of the Economic Union. We are very happy that St. Lucia is now fully on board in terms of implementation. This was done after some significant training with all the relevant training with agencies in Saint Lucia last week.

There are currently six member states who have fully implemented the regime. Horne-Bique said the OECS is looking forward to the other member states coming on board, so that the entire region can take advantage of what has been coined under the treaty.

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  1. Watch the ganja industrialists come down like a plague of locusts.

    GDP would soar to 14%^, but only that it will not be calculated.

    The Ministry of Finance personnel already have great difficulty aggregating legit business activity far less the underground that in the underground economy.

    This is a marvelous move for the unemployed. There is a chance to break out of the Hell hole.

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  2. PPL make it simple any island that uses the EC dollar is a member of the O.E.C.S..So Jamaica, Barbados,trnidad, USVI, BVI is not part of the OECS..

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  3. Correct me if im wrong, but, it eh have like over 5 years them people say they doing that? what take them so long? im happy it finally happened, but so many opportunities must have been lost in that long wait

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  4. I think at this time is wrong timing no jobs,
    more people are unemployed than ever. We have qualified people who cannot even get jobs. What about crime, the policing issues not enough. The govt cut the budgetso how are we going to support other people coming into st.Lucia. Image Antigua is thinking about it and we already have it. Come Govt, u people are already suffering.

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  5. I have to "SMH"
    St. Lucians an their IGNORANCE.
    Don't even know which islands form part of the OECS.

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  6. People please Anguilla,Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines are the OECS countries.

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  7. As a Caribbean national who has worked in several states including St Lucia where my daughter was born I can only applaud the continued deepening of the integration process. We have a common history, Carib, African, European, Asian and working on separate plantations will lead us not very far. We do have a common destiny and it is the OECS which is pointing the way forward for the rest of CARICOM. We need to become more confortable with our own selves. After all we run to the United STATES, great vast states which work together confortably sharing resources so why not us? Onward progress.

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  8. Long live the Little Ones/OECS...Lest we forget how the big ones left us to die, after they split the West Indian Federation. So proud to be a member of the OECS family!

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  9. There will always be people like wha? Who are pro-progressional and will monger cluelessly to raise negativitytowards beneficial initiatives

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  10. Under the economic union arrangements ,St. Lucians are also free to take advantage of any opportunities in the other oecs vountries just like they are currently doing now in barbados,st martin bvi,montserrat,antigua,anguilla,st thomas,st croic,trinidad,ssvg,usa canada uk.etc etc
    It is high time we stop the negative vibes. By the way it is not only yhe other countries whose thieves and criminals travel,,St Lucian ones travel too

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  11. BVI wasn't mentioned above and its also part of the oecs free movement.we need our other islands to join like cayman,Bermuda,Martinique,Guadeloupe,us virgin islands....

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  12. First of all. Jamaica isn't part of the union. Secondly, how many people do you think can afford economic citizenship anyway. Those people are probably in the top 1% globally.

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  13. Horne-Bique - Why don't you also tell Lucians the disadvantages? That locals completely unprepared for free movement will now be competing against Jamaicans and the other states for jobs. That people will buy citizenship for Antigua and then use it to gain access to St Lucia. That it will cause spikes in population like in the UK, and complete brain-drain like in Ireland, as the youth migrate en-masse.

    It is also inherently anti-democratic because you can NO LONGER control your borders.

    Shame on you for trying to pretend there is no downside to it.

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    • ????? Hold your brakes. So, what do you suggest? That there should never be integration? HUH? How is the free movement of people among OECS states encourage competitions between St. Lucians and Jamaicans for jobs? Your anal-ysis really stinks.

      Hoooooorrrrraaayyyy! For free movement of OECS . . . The trend setters for OAS!

      The Mad Cow has spoken.

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    • Don't think Jamaica is part of the OECS bruv. However, you do have some very compelling points. Bravo!

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