ApaNa Issue 2 April – July 2020
As Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the OECS countries face many global, regional and national challenges that hinder their development. After 40 years, the OECS still plays an integral role in the sustainable development of its Member States and continues to lead the sub-region within the context of “regional unity, solidarity and cooperation”. The OECS is now moving ahead on green principles and has integrated the Sustainable Development Goals in its strategic objectives. For the past six years, St.Lucian born, Dr Didacus Jules, the Director-General has led the OECS Commission based in St.Lucia. Dr Jules was the former Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) based in Barbados. He is known for his innovation and forward-thinking principles.
In an interview with Apana, Dr Jules provides his vision for sustainable development in the Caribbean and how the OECS is supporting its Member-States to incorporate the SDGs and green principles in its development agenda.
Tell us about the OECS and the work that it does to promote the sustainable development of its member-states.
The Organisation of the Eastern Caribbean States in an intergovernmental organisation established by the Treaty of Basseterre (1981 revised in 2010). The OECS is dedicated to economic harmonization and integration, protection of human and legal rights, and the encouragement of good governance between countries and dependencies in the Eastern Caribbean. We support the sustainable development of its Member States by assisting them to maximize benefits from their collective space…