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The St Lucia Employers Federation has welcomed moves by St Lucia to initiate the provisions agreed to under the OECS Economic Union arrangement.

Citizens of the OECS Economic Union member countries can now stay here indefinitely when they are issued an indefinite stay stamp.

In a statement issued by the OECS Commission following the official announcement on August 15th, the organization noted that Citizens of Member States of the OECS Economic Union who travel to Saint Lucia will also be able to drive without a driver’s permit once they are in possession of a valid driver’s license with photo identification and the nationality of their respective OECS Member State highlighted.

Regarding this new arrangement, the OECS Commission has also stated that Citizens of the OECS Economic Union seeking employment in Saint Lucia will no longer require a work permit once they receive the stamp for indefinite stay.

Executive Director of the Employers Federation Joseph Alexander says the move has several benefits for the local workforce.

Mr Alexander has downplayed fears about market saturation as well as concerns by locals about the level of competition in the market for job placement.

The OECS Commission adds that plans are ongoing in Antigua and Barbuda to have that country fully become part of the OECS Free Movement Regime.
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