Heads of Government of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) meeting in Guadeloupe - Premier Fahie talks with current Chairman and Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves.
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As he continues his participation in a special meeting of the Heads of Government of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) in Guadeloupe, new Premier, Hon. Andrew Fahie is looking to secure collaborations with other islands in the Caribbean.
Prior to the meeting, which began yesterday, March 14, Premier Fahie went on record as saying, “The BVI delegation is looking forward to the deliberations at the meeting over the next two days, as we explore areas for close collaboration among the various territories.”
Speaking to the need for closer collaboration with the BVI’s neighbours, he also said, “It is the view of my government that we have to deepen collaboration with all the nations and islands in the Caribbean because we are clear that we have shared destinies, and that by working closer together, we can bring greater benefits to our respective people.”
Just last week, the Premier underscored the need to unite with other territories whose financial sectors are coming under attack from the European Union, and other large-state organisations.
“It is a matter that we also intend to work closely with OECS countries and Caricom, just to name a few, since countries in the region also face unfair and onerous EU demands on financial services that frankly infringes on their sovereignty," he had said.
Premier Fahie had even indicated that similar sentiments have already been made by leaders of the other islands to commence working on the formation of a union-like body.
Premier of the Turks and Caicos, Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson even suggested a meeting of Overseas Territories in the region to discuss their common challenges and a common way forward.
“I intend to reach out to the leaders in Bermuda, the Cayman Islands and Montserrat in that regard. To move this Territory forward, we shall develop alliances at home and abroad,” Premier Fahie stressed.