Tuesday, August 14, 2012 – The OECS Assembly was historically inaugurated on Friday August 10th , 2012, marking a great step in accelerating the OECS Integration process.
The Assembly which was established in keeping with the OECS Economic Union is a platform to have the business of the region discussed and debated publically.
Speaker of the OECS Assembly the Honourable Rene Baptiste of St. Vincent and the Grenadines pledged to be the servant of the Assembly and called for the cooperation and support of all honourable members.
“We have serious work to do. Time is of the essence. This is our occasion to write our own history with our own hands in our own words”.
The OECS Assembly will support the legislative work of the regional grouping by acting as a ‘legislative filter’ to discussions and debate. The Assembly will report to the OECS Authority and the OECS Council of Ministers.
OECS Authority Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines the Honourable Ralph Gonsalves says the inauguration of the Assembly is a milestone for the OECS.
“Across each of the OECS Member States, the governing and opposition parties are at one on this issue despite occasional dissonance on this or that detail”
The OECS Assembly was established by the Revised Treaty of Basseterre and comprises five members of the Parliament of each independent Member State and three members from the Legislature of each non-independent Member State. There is also representation from both government and the parliamentary opposition, including the Head of Government and the Leader of the Opposition.