Regional Integration stakeholders convene to discuss Freedom of Movement Regime

The 18th Meeting of the Free Movement of People Working Group was held on March 16, 2017

Monday, March 27, 2017 — Regional Integration stakeholders convened on March 16th to discuss the current implementation status of the Indefinite Stay Regime and the Rights Contingent to the Free Movement of People Regime; two critical accomplishments of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) towards the full implementation of the Revised Treaty of Basseterre and the establishment of the OECS Economic Union.

In attendance at the 18th Meeting of the Free Movement of People Working Group were senior officials from the Immigration Departments of OECS Member States, representatives from the OECS Commission and four OECS Commissioners.

The Commission provided an update on progress towards the implementation of the Free Movement of People Regime and Member States were given the opportunity to directly address matters relevant to these discussions.

The meeting also received an update on the OECS Commission’s participation at the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) Regional Seminar and Workshop, which took place between January 31st and February 3rd 2017 in St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda.

The Working Group addressed two major topics discussed at the ICAO Regional Meetings: the need for the harmonisation of Border Management Systems; and the need to enhance the security of national identification cards. OECS Member States took this opportunity to provide an update on ongoing national efforts toward the harmonisation of Border Security Systems and recommendations for advancing this matter were considered by the Group.

The OECS was represented at ICAO meetings by Senior Border Control Managers, including Chief Immigration Officers from Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. The Commission was represented by Tourism Specialist Dr. Lorraine Nicholas and Regional Integration Specialist Mr. Clarence Henry.

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