Castries, Saint Lucia, June 21st, 2016 – Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, The Honourable Allen Chastanet on Monday June 20th 2016, welcomed the Director of the OECS Commission, His Excellency Dr. Didacus Jules for joint discussions on areas in which both the Government and Commission could forge closer collaboration.
The Prime Minister and Director General exchanged views on strengthening and consolidating cooperation in the face of regional and global economic challenges, with the Prime Minister being briefed on key OECS activities and events.
Dr. Jules again congratulated the Prime Minister and his Cabinet on their emphatic victory and assured the incoming Chastanet Administration of the OECS’s utmost support to the Government in addressing the unique issues and opportunities facing the region: “The OECS Commission stands ready to support the Government across a number of socio -economic areas such as youth unemployment, GIS delivered statistics for better decision making and addressing the very real issue of climate change as but some examples. We are already seeing sound headway with the launch of the new OECS Youth Empowerment Strategy in engaging previously marginalized youth into valuable internships and work experience. I believe we are living in the most exciting time in history with innovation and technology being able to leverage previously unseen social, cultural and economic opportunities and we look forward to working with the Government to realise these opportunities for all OECS citizens.”
It was agreed that another meeting would be held in the near future to examine areas of programme convergence that would help underpin the policies of the Government and the mandate of the OECS Commission.