OECS economic union not about political division – Skerrit

Prime Minister Skerrit. Photo Credit: GIS Dominica

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.

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  1. Deoborah
    February 2, 2011

    Under the present OECS Leaders, total waste of time.

  2. President
    February 2, 2011

    It cannot be denied that we are the down fall of our own country. we critisize every thing. so filled with negativism that we cant even distinguish between the good , bad and the ugly. If its a good move just support it. we are so politically divided that we divided that we donot even see our true potential… Together we rise Divided we fall. wake up dominicans.

  3. Lord!
    February 2, 2011

    The man is not the Prime Minister, so he cannot negotiate on our behalf

  4. lightbulb
    February 2, 2011

    a step in the right direction.. question though how will this single economic block apply for professionals such as lawyers, doctors, engineers; who must operate according to a particular code? Is there going to be a uniform and shared code, so I, for sake of argument, a doctor, can then practice in st lucia? Or is there going to be some vetting process to ensure I am free of malpractice

  5. observer
    February 2, 2011

    Is this yet another thing in the pipeline?. When are all these things going to be implemented?. By the way, can we read the reason why St. Lucia is not included?.

  6. objective
    February 2, 2011

    it’s a great visionary move forward, but mr. Skerrit and the other PMs have to appreciate that the “single economic space” is very much influenced by the “non-single POLITICAL space”. They need to be prepared to compromise their SINGLE island political positions…

    • bb
      February 3, 2011

      now something that makes a lot of sense!!

  7. Anthony P. Ismael
    February 2, 2011

    I wonder if this will ever come to pass as it is proposed? Probably not. There is still fear amongst member countries that territoreis with high unemployment such as Dominica, will become a burden upon their sister islands, and “Take away jobs.” It’s sounds great on paper, but it’s probably not worth the ink that it’s written on.

    • President
      February 2, 2011

      Think Positve and positive things will happen.

  8. One Love
    February 2, 2011

    Apart from 400US a day for your travelling. free food wine and woman……. WHATS IN IT FOR DA ….. I want to know

    McIntyre said no Dominicans have any skills. Is this a way of recruiting skilled people so we can stand aside and watch foreigners get rich quick?

    • bb
      February 3, 2011

      then why dont we compete with them and try to get rich quicker? Now here’s a bright idea!!!

  9. One Day
    February 2, 2011

    Was the PM under the weather? or jetlagged?

    • One Love
      February 2, 2011

      8-O debauchery dear friend . DEBAUCHERY

  10. love da
    February 1, 2011

    i have no trust in you and ur government . U all promise to reduce income tax every year but all u did was suck the very blood from the same pople that put u there with high taxes included vat. Some good would be reduce but all we got was high cost of living. u guys r just a bunch of liers and jokers that belongs in deck of cards.

  11. hmmmmmmmmmmm
    February 1, 2011

    St. Lucia got all you by all you balls. They are not fools, all you need to get creative and create good job opportunities for all you people and pay them well too, then all you can be on equal grounds with St. Lucia.

    But if something like that happens, St. Lucia has more to loose because the same unskilled and untrained Dominicans that Dr. Mac spoke about will be running over to compete with their citizens. By the way Dr. Mac knew well why he made that statement, cause they eyeing a St. Lucian for another top position that no Dominican is qualified or trained enough for….look some wicked disrespectful people.

    I’m watching still………….

    • observer
      February 2, 2011

      You may be right, take the manager’s job for DBS, you mean there is no Dominican even among the staff with enough experience for the job?. The qualifications being asked for, will the salary be sufficient to hold this job?.

    • yes I
      February 2, 2011



      They had brains enough to kick out the Chinese before their country gto colonized!
      They had brains enough to kick out their own curropt, unethical, LABOUR government too.

      …and I hope that they don’t get INFECTED by the GREED and STUPIDITY of DOMINICANS.

      • bb
        February 3, 2011

        i think there are multiple definitions to define whether someone actually has brainnnnnsssssss!!! lol

  12. Rasta
    February 1, 2011

    think this is a very good move but the leaders need to pay close attention to the anti-social movement that will be taking place because many criminals are going to capitalize on that to carry out their ant-social conduct. For example a muslim could come from trinidad to dominica to spread his preaching and at the end they will be demanding ———–laws that we all don’t want. If u think i lie just google the spread of islam in the US UK etc.

    Secondly i think that is a Downward slope to one regional government Body ( One Regional Government) with member from every state. Thirdly we are going to see the inflow of regional customization which will mean that if u can’t compete u will be left behind and this clearly boils up to that global phenomena that i don’t refer to as globalization but global dominance which we see everyday. 1.way of life and freedom of expression. will the media and talk show host be able to disect what will be happening . will they be able to criticize other regional Govt? guess not. But it is a good move since we can take a more holistic and proactive action to ensure our fundemental development.

    thumbs up

    • intigrationist
      February 2, 2011

      based on some of you remarks, you sound like an educated person, but one would pose the question ” is he really an educated person ?…………..based on the phrase referencing the Muslims, you seem just like another ignorant, discriminating person.

      • yes I
        February 2, 2011

        I SUPPORT “RASTA” on the “Muslim” statement.
        These muslims will come here and change the character of our nation. Why do you think Turkey is not in the EU? It is because they are guarding against the potential free mass movement of the muslims into the rest of Europe. To often we do stuff without examining the long term repercussions.

        • bb
          February 3, 2011

          yeah this is good in some way but is gonna bring a whole bunch of its own problems with it!!!

  13. kalinago observer
    February 1, 2011

    well, well, well. O E C S Economic union, C C J, CARICUM, all these agreements are discussed and entered into without considering the regions indigenous people, African decendants are now in controle of all our , Hations have rights, SYrians have rights, but we the indigenous people do not seem to have no right in the eyes of you these imported people,
    one thing i know you all signed the I L O Convension 169 and the united Nations declaration on the rights of indigenous people, therefore all your agreements are in our sight questionable.

    • bb
      February 3, 2011

      but carib descendant or not arent you a national of the country nuh??!!

  14. Concerned Domi-canadian
    February 1, 2011

    The OECS economic union makes possible the creation of a single financial and economic space within which goods, people and capital move freely, monetary and fiscal policies are harmonized and countries continue to adopt a common approach to trade, health, education and environment, as well as to the development of such critical sectors as agriculture, tourism and energy. The OECS economic serves as a means of empowerment to its citizens by making possible greater freedom of movement and economic action, by engendering a greater sense of belonging and pride in their achievements, and by offering a wider array of social and economic possibilities. The OECS Assembly of parliamentarians is a new organ of the Organization that serves as a filter for legislation to be passed by the Authority. The Assembly is just a replica of national legislatures with the government and opposition and is represented in the same proportion as at the national level, reviewing legislation to be passed by the Authority, and receiving annual statements from the heads of other regional institutions.

  15. for real?
    February 1, 2011

    True dat!!!

  16. desie
    February 1, 2011

    ya well now i can go and work in them other countries were they paying better

  17. mouth of the south
    February 1, 2011

    i like that move skerro,,, it’s bout time and while u at it can u please chew into the leaders of b/dos n j.a for trying to hold up the caricom seen,,,, yeah n also u can address us on the questionable land deals n ill-gotten gains u have been accused of,,, since u was so quick to reply to mr james’ plight

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