OECS heads concerned over aspects of CARICOM Single Space concept

CASTRIES, St Lucia, May 30, 2007 – Heads of Government of the OECS are not all happy with some aspects of CARICOM Single Space concept used for Cricket World Cup and are wary about them continuing.


It was one of the issues on the agenda of the 45th Meeting of the OECS Authority which concluded  in Grand Anse, Grenada at the weekend.


In reviewing the world cup they expressed concern with the Single Domestic Space and visa requirements for certain nationals. Their ease of movement was “adversely affected“ while the heads felt that it had to be safe-guarded.


“Heads noted their concern that the operations of the Single Domestic Space imposed more rather than less burden on the former ‘hassle free’ arrangements which they had been put in place for travel within the nine Member States of the OECS. They also noted that the visa requirements for certain nationals caused some degree of dislocation for certain countries such as Cuba, with whom they enjoy good relations.  It is in that context that they expect to re-examine those arrangements,” stated the communiqué.


However there were aspects of the arrangement which they felt were useful and could be retained, such as  the Advance Passenger Information System (APIS). This along with the “the utility and effectiveness” of the visa are scheduled to be discussed at the CARICOM Heads of Government meeting in July when they agreed to make their input.


They also agreed that there should be an early analysis of the impact and outcomes of the Cricket World Cup.


“In particular they and felt that the investments made in all areas must be a platform for further development and that the analysis should address this matter. In particular, it was felt that the investments made in all areas must be a platform for further development and that the analysis should address this matter,” the communiqué added.