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  • Photo of Unleashing the Power of Digital Payments for MSMEs in the OECS

    Unleashing the Power of Digital Payments for MSMEs in the OECS

    The event will be a one-day activity beginning with a [panel discussion] [fireside chat] on the state of digital payments in the OECS and how digital payment can catalyse MSME sales, exports and growth. This will be followed by a series of presentations by financial institutions and fintech companies operating in the OECS and/or which have digital payment solutions available…

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  • Photo of Caribbean must strengthen its Internet infrastructure

    Caribbean must strengthen its Internet infrastructure

    Saturday, March 31, 2018 — Internet expert calls for greater regional network resilience and security. ST VINCENT: The Caribbean will have to strengthen its critical Internet infrastructure if it is to defend against the growing threat of climate-change-driven natural disasters and if it is to keep up with the world’s growing digital economy. This view was expressed by Internet-expert, Bevil Wooding,…

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  • Photo of OECS MEMBER STATES CONTINUE STRUGGLE FOR REMOVAL FROM EU BLACKLISTING

    OECS MEMBER STATES CONTINUE STRUGGLE FOR REMOVAL FROM EU BLACKLISTING

      The Member States of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States have been working assiduously with the OECS Commission and their joint Embassy in Brussels to address the ongoing challenges raised by the European Union’s prescriptions on international standards on transparency and exchange of information in relation to financial services.  The reality is that in an increasingly competitive and unpredictable global environment…

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  • Photo of ‘Agriculture in Dominica, as we know it, now ceases to exist’ – OECS Commissioner

    ‘Agriculture in Dominica, as we know it, now ceases to exist’ – OECS Commissioner

    Hurricane Maria has destroyed the agriculture sector in Dominica. The Category Five hurricane flattened Dominica on 18 September. Both the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) – which is leading the Community’s response to the disaster  – and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) said that there was 100 per cent destruction of agriculture on the island. According to information…

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  • CARICOM, UN to strengthen cooperation at New York meeting

    Cooperation between the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the United Nations (UN) System will be further strengthened around several issues including climate change, security, human development, health and education at the Ninth CARICOM-United Nations General Meeting this week. The two-day meeting begins 20 July 2017 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. It is happening against the backdrop of a…

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  • Photo of Trade Policy Experts offer solutions to issues affecting Trade in the Caribbean

    Trade Policy Experts offer solutions to issues affecting Trade in the Caribbean

    Strategies to deal with the effects of global issues affecting trade in the Caribbean were advanced at a recent meeting of international and regional stakeholders which sought to outline trade policy challenges impacting OECS and CARICOM countries and discuss the way forward. The two-day meeting, organised by the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat and the Organisation of Eastern…

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  • Photo of Agriculture stakeholders discuss regional food safety

    Agriculture stakeholders discuss regional food safety

    May 2, 2017 — In an effort to enhance the quality of agricultural produce in the Region, food safety stakeholders convened in Barbados from April 25-26, 2017 to discuss the improvement of plant health in the Region. The two-day consultations, conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services Services (APHIS), and the Greater…

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  • Photo of CDB, IDB sign agreement to strengthen partnership

    CDB, IDB sign agreement to strengthen partnership

    Washington, D.C. – The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to strengthen their ongoing partnership in addressing the Caribbean’s development priorities. Through the MOU, signed at the IDB’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. on February 21, 2017, both institutions have renewed their commitment to collaborating on programmes and projects that contribute…

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  • OECS Supports CARICOM Energy Month

    In the CARICOM region, November is earmarked as Energy Month to increase awareness on energy consumption and to encourage energy-saving actions. Similar to recent years, the OECS Sustainable Energy Unit contributed actively to the month-long observance. As a compliment to the many regional activities undertaken in recognition of Energy Month, the OECS Sustainable Energy Unit (SEU) commenced a training program…

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  • Photo of Consultations to improve Region’s education and human resources launched in Guyana

    Consultations to improve Region’s education and human resources launched in Guyana

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on Monday, 17 October, in Guyana, launched the first in a series of consultations geared to improve the Region’s education system and human resources. Other consultations will be held across the CARICOM Member States  and are expected to provide insight for the crafting of a Regional Education and Human Resource Development Strategy. Speaking at the official opening at…

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