PM Douglas (L) and PM Manning (R)
Photo By Erasmus Williams
Basseterre, St. Kitts – Nevis
October 22, 2008 (CUOPM)
Thursday’s meeting in St. Kitts and Nevis between the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Hon. Patrick Manning and Heads of Government from the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States will discuss further the idea of the oil-rich Caribbean republic becoming a member of the proposed sub-regional economic union and a subsequent political union with St. Lucia, Grenada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas in an interview with a reporter following a tour on Thursday afternoon of the work in progress to restore the Frigate Bay strip to normalcy by this weekend following damage by Hurricane Omar noted that Prime Minister Manning and OECS leaders met in St. Lucia last month to discuss the Port of Spain Initiative. Manning and the Grenada Prime Minister Hon. Tillman two months ago travelled to St. Kitts to brief Prime Minister Douglas on the initiative.
“We felt that the second initiative (Political Union) is a very serious initiative. We know that it is an initiative that is being proposed by those three OECS countries and Trinidad and Tobago. We believe that we wanted to discuss that in a much more frank and open way in the presence of the Prime Minister Manning and so we invited him to come to St. Kitts and Nevis when we meet on Thursday to pursue this particular discussion,” said Prime Minister Douglas.
The OECS proposes to put in place the Economic Union by 2009. Trinidad and Tobago wants to join the economic union by 2011. The Political Union comprising Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines should be implemented by 2013.