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Organization of Eastern Caribbean States

Morne Fortune, P.O. Box 179
Castries, Saint Lucia,
Saint Lucia

The Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) came into being on June 18th, 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 OECS is now a nine-member grouping comprising Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands are associate members of the OECS.
Our mission is to be a major regional institution contributing to the sustainable development of the OECS member states by assisting them to maximize the benefits from their collective space, by facilitating their intelligent integration with the global economy, by contributing to policy and program formulation and execution in respect of regional and international issues, and by facilitation of bilateral and multilateral co-operation.

The Organization's Objectives, as set out in the Treaty of Basseterre:
* To promote co-operation among the Member States at the regional and international level;
* To promote unity and solidarity among the Member States and to defend their sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence;
* To assist the Member States in the realization of their obligations and responsibilities to the international community with due regard to the role of international law as a standard of conduct in their relationships;
* To seek to achieve the fullest possible level of harmonization of foreign policy among the Member States; to seek to adopt, as far as possible, common positions on international issues and to establish and to maintain wherever possible, arrangements for joint overseas representation and/or common services;
* To promote economic integration among the Member States;
* To pursue these purposes through its respective institutions by discussion of questions of common concern and by agreement and common action.

Website: www.oecs.org
Phone: (758) 452-2537
E-mail: oesec@oecs.org

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