The Inaugural Session of the OECS Assembly took place at the Parliament Building of Antigua and Barbuda today.
The meeting of the OECS Assembly is an historic event of tremendous import for the peoples of the Eastern Caribbean, as it signals the widening and deepening of socio-economic, cultural and now legislative ties between the countries and territories of the Eastern Caribbean.
The Assembly, which meets twice a year, is one of the five governing bodies of the bloc and was established by the Revised Treaty of Basseterre last year.
It is made up of five legislators per every independent member state and three legislators per every other member state.
The organization groups Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Montserrat, as well as Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands as associates. For more photos Click Here
Today’s historic event included the pageantry of the inspection of the Guard of Honour by chairman of the OECS Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves of St Vincent and the Grenadines and Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer of Antigua and Barbuda.
The Honourable Rene Baptiste of St Vincent and the Grenadines was elected as the first Speaker of the OECS Assembly, and His Excellency Walford Gumbs of St Kitts and Nevis the Deputy Speaker.
The inaugural session of the OECS Assembly also featured addresses by host Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer of Antigua and Barbuda, chairman of the OECS Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves of St Vincent and the Grenadines and Montserrat Premier Reuben Meade.
The assembly, is one of five organs established by the Revised Treaty of Basseterre, which established the OECS Economic Union.