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Monday, June 13, 2005 - Prime Minister Dr Kenny D. Anthony will on Thursday and Friday of this week attend the 41st Meeting of the OECS Authority in Dominica.

The Authority, which is a meeting of Heads of Government of the member-states of the sub-regional grouping, is the highest authority in the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).

The Authority, which comprises the nine Member-States and Associated Member States of the OECS, is also attended by the OECS Director General and the Heads of the various institutions that fall within its ambits, including the Economic Affairs Unit, the Legal Affairs Unit and the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.

The June 16-17 meeting will, among other things, review a report from the previous 40th Meeting of the Authority. It will also discuss legal matters, economic integration issues as well as matters relating to external economic negotiations.

Economic development issues are also on the agenda for the OECS Heads of Government at their upcoming Dominica meeting, especially tourism and agriculture, including developments in the Sugar and Banana industries of member-states.

Matters relating to Disaster Mitigation are also on the agenda for the Heads, as the OECS member-states and the rest of Caricom enter deeper into this year’s Hurricane Season.

Also on the agenda for the OECS Heads of Government when they meet in Dominica later this week are plans for the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the OECS, which will be observed in June 2006.

At the meeting, Prime Minister Anthony, who is the outgoing Chairman of the OECS, will hand over the chairmanship to the Honourable Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr Ralph Gonsalves.

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