• Today
    November 16

  • 11:27 PM

OECS leaders end summit

CAROL MARTINDALE, carolmartindale@nationnews.com

Added 24 November 2012

ralphgonsalves1

ROSEAU, Dominica – Leaders of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) ended their summit last night expressing concerns over the visa requirements imposed on some countries by Canada and welcoming new efforts by the French islands in the Caribbean to be part of the sub regional grouping. “Martinique and Guadeloupe a few months ago applied for associate membership of the OECS and an OECS negotiating team has been established, its negotiating briefs have been prepared and it is ready to commence negotiations with the Martinique and Guadeloupe negotiating teams,” OECS Chairman Dr Ralph Gonsalves told reporters. Gonsalves, who is also Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, said the French teams have already indicated they “will shortly be ready to tango, so to speak. “This is a very important strategic development,” he said, noting also that the nine-member sub-regional grouping is also concerned that the use of a drivers licence for travel is posing problems for nationals within the movement.” He said the regional airline, LIAT has indicated the use of a driver’s licence for travel by OECS citizens within the OECS, is not sufficient since it “does not have sufficient information”. He said the difficulty comes about, “not so much for the travel between two OECS countries, but if you have to pass through Barbados or Trinidad to come to any of the OECS countries...we have difficulties clearly. “So we have to engage the Barbadian authorities on this question. The Trinidad authorities say our picture Ids (identification cards) can be used, but we also have to have certain matters clarified with LIAT. The leaders from Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Montserrat, St. Kitts-Nevis, Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands also discussed the recent decision by Canada to impose visa restrictions on nationals from St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. “We must record and re-affirm our profound concern about the manner in which the Canadian authorities implemented the visa restrictions and visa restriction itself. “We are asking all our citizens who going to visit Canada to follow the laws and practices relating to immigration in Canada. But we have to reiterate our profound concern about these visa impositions. (CMC)

JOIN THE DISCUSSION

Dos and Donts


Welcome to our discussion forum here on nationnews.com. We encourage lively debate, but we also urge you to take note of the following:

  • Stay on topic – This helps keep the thread focused on the discussion at hand. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.
  • Be respectful – Meeting differences of opinion with civil discussion encourages multiple perspectives and a positive commenting environment.
  • Do not type in capitals – In addition to being considered “shouting” it is also difficult to read.
  • All comments will be moderated – Given the volume of comments each day, this may take some time. So please be patient.
  • We reserve the right to remove comments – Comments that we find to be abusive, spam, libellous, hateful, off-topic or harassing may be removed.
  • Reproduction of comments – Some of your comments may be reproduced on the website or in our daily newspapers. We will use the handle, not your email address.
  • Do not advertise – Please contact our Advertising Department.
  • Contact our Online Editor if you have questions or concerns.
  • Read our full Commenting Policy and Terms of Use.
comments powered by Disqus

POLL

Do you think the students of the Grantley Adams Memorial School should have been barred from buying food from vendors during school hours?

Yes
No

FRONT COVER OF TODAY'S NEWSPAPER

CARTOON

INSTAGRAM