CASTRIES –– 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 St 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 February 4, 2015, when the French overseas territory formally signed the documents to initiate accession to Associate Membership to 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.