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Ms. Shirley Skerrit-Andrew - OECS Ambassador to Brussels

Ms. Shirley Skerrit-Andrew

Thursday,  October 30, 2008 –   The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) has appointed Ms. Shirley Skerrit-Andrew as the new OECS Ambassador to Brussels.  The OECS Mission in Brussels represents the interests of some OECS Member States to the European Union and along with Missions in Ottawa and Geneva forms part of the OECS programme of  joint overseas representation.


Ambassador Skerrit-Andrew, is an economist by training and a national of St. Kitts and Nevis.  Her appointment comes at a critical juncture in OECS relations with Europe, as OECS Member States move towards the implementation phase of the recently signed Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between Europe and CARIFORUM—which includes the six independent OECS Member States.


Ambassador Skerrit-Andrew has identified the EPA as a major area of focus for the OECS  Brussels Mission as it provides support for the region’s adjustment from a non-reciprocal to a largely reciprocal trading relationship with Europe.  She plans to also place emphasis on helping to secure the timely disbursement of promised development assistance to OECS Member States from the European Development Fund (EDF).


Ambassador Skerrit-Andrew was until recently the lead official in the partnership between her native St. Kitts/Nevis and the European Commission’s regional Office in Barbados.  She has also worked in the United Kingdom and as an Economic Planner in Jamaica.  She has also had a stint as a freelance journalist.


Ambassador Skerrit-Andrew has a deep interest in environmental matters and has devoted considerable time to alternative energy issues, including the ongoing exploration of potential geo-thermal energy sites on Nevis and the development of bio-fuels as a bi-product  of sugar cane.  She has also developed a strong involvement with arts and culture.

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