OECS Meeting Regarding T&T To Be Held In St. Kitts

PM Douglas and PM Manning

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.

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PM Manning Desires OECS Economic Membership

PM Patrick Manning

Trinidad and Tobago PM – Patrick Manning

Basseterre, St. Kitts – Nevis
August 21, 2008 (CUOPM)

Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Hon. Patrick Manning said here Wednesday that his twin-island republic desires to become part of an economic union with the member countries of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) by 2011.

The Prime Ministers of St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada; the Foreign Ministers of Guyana and Barbados and the Secretary General of CARICOM and the Director General of the OECS met last week in Port of Spain with Prime Minister Manning to discuss the new thrust towards economic and political integration.

Prime Minister Manning and Grenada Prime Minister Hon. Tillman Thomas were in Basseterre to sell the idea of a new economic union to St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas.

“It is a coalition of the willing. What was missing over so many years, we believe, was the political will. The desire was there. The political will was much more difficult to muster. But on this occasion that is what we started to do.  That is why we made the commitment to bring to economic union by 2015. These are the times we have set and we are committed to work towards achieving those goals, it is a coalition of the willing. A big difference,” Prime Minister Manning told reporters following discussions with St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas at the St. Kitts Marriott Hotel and Royal Beach Casino.

“This arrangement in no way prejudices the OECS arrangement. In fact is preserves it. By going to the economic union first, the OECS is preserved and in doing that, we are also advancing the CARICOM agenda ““ going to a single economy in CARICOM by 2015,” said Manning.

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St. Kitts PM To Meet With Trinidad and Tobago Delegation

St. Kitts - Nevis - PM Denzil Douglas

St. Kitts – Nevis – PM Denzil Douglas
Photo By Erasmus Williams

Basseterre, St. Kitts – Nevis
August 20, 2008 (CUOPM)

St. Kitts and Nevis‘ Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas will lead the Federal delegation in talks Wednesday afternoon on closer political union with Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Hon. Patrick Manning.

Prime Minister Manning, accompanied by Grenada’s Prime Minister Hon. Tillman Thomas, will arrive by private aircraft at the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport at 2:20 Wednesday afternoon and will be met on arrival by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mrs. Astona Browne.

Prime Minister Douglas will hold discussions with Prime Minister Manning and Prime Minister Thomas in the Montserrat Room at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort and Royal Beach Casino. The visiting delegation is scheduled to leave at 4:30 P.M.

Other members of Prime Minister Douglas’ delegation are St. Kitts and Nevis’ Attorney General, Hon. Dennis Merchant; Deputy Premier of Nevis, Hon. Hensley Daniel; Chief Secretary, Mr. Joseph Edmeade; Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mrs. Astona Browne; St. Kitts and Nevis’ Ambassador to CARICOM, the OECS and the ACS, His Excellency Mr. Wendell Lawrence and the Cabinet Secretary in the Nevis Island Administration, Mr. Ashley Farrell.

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