Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has said Dominica is ready to support and implement the idea of a political union for OECS member states.
“In Dominica’s case we support full-heartedly a political union and we are prepared to sign the MOU at the earliest convenient date,” he said during the first Sitting of the OECS Assembly in Antigua on Tuesday.
The idea of political union was first floated last year by Antigua’s Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer, who argued that the ultimate objective is to integrate the OECS politically.
He was at the time contributing to debate in Antigua’s Parliament on the OECS Economic Union Act, 2011.
“I eventually see, Madame Speaker, that if this thing works in the way we are anticipating, that it’s not just a question of us collaborating and working more on the economic front, but inherent in this is the ultimate goal of integrating the OECS politically as well. That is the ultimate goal!” he said back then.
PM Skerrit said if the OECS is to bring a better way of life for its citizens, to address the issues of poverty and unemployment, “we believe that we have to address issues from a political standpoint.”
He however cautioned that more must be done in respect to the economic union of the OECS.
“We have to make sure that we makes some more progress in respect to the economic union before we go to the political union,” the prime minister said.
The OECS was created in 1981 when seven Eastern Caribbean countries signed a treaty agreeing to cooperate with each other and promote unity and solidarity among the Members. The Treaty became known as the Treaty of Basseterre, so named in honour of the capital city of St. Kitts and Nevis where it was signed.
The Treaty was revised in 2010 in St. Lucia establishing the OECS economic union.
Today the OECS consists of nine members namely; Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, Saint Lucia, St. Christopher (St. Kitts) & Nevis and St. Vincent & the Grenadines.