Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has said that the planned economic union for member territories of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) will not cost them their independence.
All members of the sub-grouping except St. Lucia have ratified the OECS economic union treaty and are now required to make it law.
And as they move closer to making the economic union a reality, Skerrit has assured the region’s people the union is not about political divide, but one that will facilitate hassle-free movement within the OECS.
“One mustn’t get the impression that we are giving up our independence. What we have is a single economic space, not a single political space,” he said.
According to the Dominica leader, the benefits of the union will include allowing an OECS employee to work in another member state without a work permit.
“Once you are an OECS citizen going into any of the OECS member states, you would be automatically given a six-months stay in this country,” Skerrit cited as another benefit of the economic union.