OECS Chairman and Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, Hon. Allen Chastanet, and Morocco’s Prime Minister, Hon. Saad-Eddine El Othmani, have commenced dialogue on the deepening of diplomatic and economic relations between Morocco and the OECS.
When the two leaders met on Nov. 11, among the agenda items were the establishment of an OECS Embassy and the signing of financial treaties. Investment in the Caribbean was also high on the agenda, with special attention paid to agriculture, agro-processing, tourism and the exchange of expertise.
Speaking about the meeting, Prime Minister Chastanet expressed thanks for the warm welcome he received and stated that the OECS was grateful for the support from Morocco especially with regard to fertilizers and academic scholarships. The OECS Chairman added that the OECS was looking forward to further solidifying its relationship with the Kingdom of Morocco.
The OECS Secretariat, along with Foreign Affairs Ministers, are expected to meet early in the New Year with Moroccan officials to formalize arrangements.
The Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco was established in Saint Lucia in March 2014 and covers all OECS member states, as well as Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Bahamas.