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The history of the OECS will take a new turn on Wednesday February 4th 2015 when the French Territory of Martinique signs on as an Associate Member, increasing the Nine Member Grouping to 10.

The historic signing of Martinique as an Associate Member of the OECS will take place at the Hotel La Bateliere in Forte De France Martinique during the opening ceremony of the 60th Meeting of the OECS Authority.

The agenda for the 60th Meeting of the OECS Authority will include an update on the implementation of the OECS Economic Union, the Free Circulation of Goods, and issues on Sports and Healthy lifestyles. Martinique’s pending membership of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States follows a period of negotiations after the Regional Council of Martinique submitted a formal application for associate membership in the OECS with the full support/endorsement of the French Government.

In November of 2013 Dr. Jules addressed the Regional Assembly in Martinique after which the Assembly unanimously voted in favour of Martinique’s membership of the OECS.  Since then the OECS Commission has been treating Martinique effectively as an Associate Member and the French Region has already been attending regional meetings on matters such as Health.  

The OECS Director General describes the pending event on February 4th 2015 in Forte De France as a very historical moment.

The 60th OECS Authority will also be updated on the Work Programme for the OECS Commission.
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