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Opposition Members of Parliament Attend Meeting on OECS Economic Union

Deputy Leader of the Opposition Antigua Labour Party and Member of Parliament the Honourable Gaston Browne and Member of Parliament the Hon. Molwyn Joseph attended a one-day meeting on the OECS Economic Union in St Lucia on May 4th.

MP Browne and Joseph joined their college opposition members of parliament from the OECS to receive an update on the implementation of the OECS Economic Union and engage in matters which require a shared responsibility under the revised Treaty of Basseterre.

Of particular importance to the discussions is the issue of the composition and functions of the OECS Assembly which will be headquartered in Antigua and the election of the Speaker and Deputy Speaker.  Both Government and Opposition Members of Parliament have nominated the Hon. D. Gisele Isaac-Arrindell as the Speaker of the OECS General Assembly which will have its inaugural meeting on June 15 in Antigua.

The Assembly of Parliamentarians is the OECS Organ required to serve as a forum for deliberation on primary and secondary legislation proposed for the Organisation.  The Assembly is to comprise parliamentarians chosen from elected government and opposition members of national legislatures, reflecting as nearly as possible the proportionate representation of government and opposition members in the legislatures at the time of selection.

In accordance with the Revised Treaty of Basseterre, the selection is to be made by the corresponding government or opposition side, with the Head of Government and the Leader of the Opposition of the Member State being one of the government members and opposition members respectively.

The Honourable Gaston Browne and the Hon. Molwyn Joseph’s participation in the one-day meeting in St. Lucia, chaired by the OECS Chairman and Prime Minister of St. Lucia Dr. the Hon. Kenny Anthony, is facilitated by the Government of Antigua and Barbuda.