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Monday, July 25, 2005 - When the Association of Caribbean States - the ACS meets in Panama on July 29, for the Fourth Summit of Heads of States and Government, OECS representatives at that meeting are expecting the occasion will mark a reaffirmation of commitment to the objectives of the body.

St. Lucia’s Minister for External Affairs Senator Honourable Petrus Compton said with stated priorities such as Sustainable Tourism, Natural Disaster, Trade and Transport benefits for OECS members including Saint Lucia are definitely in the making.

“The organization will be working on creating facilities for the tourism products so the islands can benefit from joint marketing and other approaches. There is a convention on a sustainable tourism zone of the Caribbean and the protocol to that convention which has been signed but not yet come into effect. That convention is aimed at developing a sustainable tourism product for the countries of the OECS.

Mr. Compton said, regional governments will also address issues of Air Transportation in order to eliminate barriers between CARICOM and the other members of the ACS.

“There’s also a convention on Air Transportation to facilitate the easier movement of persons and of goods throughout the ACS countries. Air Transportation within CARICOM and some of the Latin speaking countries---countries like Venezuela and Panama where we can have very interesting trading links, air transportation links do not exist so the convention is seeking to facilitate that.”

The Association of Caribbean States –ACS- is headquartered in Trinidad and Tobago. The ACS comprises some 25 territories including its Associate Members of Aruba, France on behalf of French Guiana, Guadeloupe, and Martinique, and the Netherlands Antilles.

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