Prime Minister Allen Chastanet left the island yesterday, to attend the Assembly of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) in Antigua and Barbuda.

It is the Assembly’s first meeting since 2012. The proceedings will be held at the national parliament of Antigua and Barbuda.  Special remarks will be offered by the Chairman of the OECS, Dr. Timothy S Harris, Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis and the OECS Director General Dr. Didacus Jules.

Prime Minister Chastanet will table a motion on climate change. The Assembly will also have discussions as it speaks to the commitment of member states in following up with the conclusions of COP 21.

The OECS Assembly will also make a statement of tribute to the late former Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago Patrick Manning.

Following this session of the OECS Assembly, the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) will host its Monetary Council meeting for ministers of finance on Friday, 22nd July, 2016.

The OECS Assembly comprises Members who are representatives, of the members of the Parliament and of the members of the Legislatures of the Member States. The OECS Assembly considers and reports to the OECS Authority on any proposal to enact an Act of the Organization. The Assembly also reports to the Council of Ministers in the case of any proposal to make regulations which has been referred to the OECS Assembly.

Minister  Ezeckiel Joseph will act as Prime Minister. The Prime Minister will return on Saturday July 23, 2016.