Mar­tinique now a mem­ber of OECS

The Star (St. Lucia) - - REGIONAL -

The French over­seas ter­ri­tory of Mar­tinique has been given the green light to join the Or­gan­i­sa­tion of East­ern Caribbean States (OECS).

Deputy Head of Mis­sion from the Em­bassy of the Republique of France, Philippe Seigneurin, of­fi­cially pre­sented the In­stru­ments of Ac­ces­sion to the Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the OECS, Dr. Di­da­cus Jules dur­ing a for­mal cer­e­mony at the OECS Com­mis­sion Head­quar­ters in Saint Lucia last week.

“With ref­er­ence to Ar­ti­cle 1 of the agree­ment signed in Shoelcher on Fe­bru­ary 4th, 2015, be­tween the govern­ment of the French Republique and the Or­gan­i­sa­tion of East­ern Caribbean States, defin­ing the modal­i­ties for ad­mit­ting Mar­tinique to As­so­ciate Mem­ber­ship of the OECS, I have the hon­our and the priv­i­lege and the plea­sure to in­form you that the pro­ce­dures re­quired by the con­sti­tu­tion of the Republique for the en­try into force of the said agree­ment have been com­pleted,” Seigneurin said.

“It’s a great day for Mar­tinique, for the French Govern­ment and for me.”

Jules wel­comed Mar­tinique into the OECS fold.

“To­day we em­brace once again but in an of­fi­cial man­ner our sis­ter Mar­tinique in the fam­ily of the OECS. Wel­come again sis­ter; your time has come. Let us con­tinue walk­ing to­gether,” he said.

St. Vin­cent and the Gre­nadines’ Am­bas­sador to the OECS, Ellsworth John, who at­tended the cer­e­mony, said Mar­tinique’s con­tri­bu­tion and par­tic­i­pa­tion was a very im­por­tant mile­stone for the OECS. “It shows an in­ter­est of other coun­tries in be­ing a part of our for­ward move­ment as an or­ga­ni­za­tion,” he said.

Mar­tinique made the his­toric step to­wards mem­ber­ship of the OECS on 4th Fe­bru­ary, 2015 when the French over­seas ter­ri­tory for­mally signed the doc­u­ments to ini­ti­ate ac­ces­sion to As­so­ciate Mem­ber­ship of the sub-re­gional group­ing.

The sign­ing cer­e­mony was the high­point of the 60th meet­ing of the OECS Au­thor­ity held for the first time in a French Ter­ri­tory. Prior to that, on Oc­to­ber 14, 2014, the Re­gional Coun­cil of Mar­tinique, in a unan­i­mous all-party his­tor­i­cal vote, agreed to join the East­ern Caribbean fra­ter­nity of na­tions.

Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the OECS, Dr. Di­da­cus Jules (left) shows off the In­stru­ment of Ac­ces­sion af­ter it was handed over by Deputy Head of Mis­sion from the Em­bassy of the Republique of France, Philippe Seigneurin (right).

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