PBS Barbados works closely with the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, established in 1981 to promote economic harmony and encourage good governing practices between the countries of the Eastern Caribbean. The OECS’ Secretariat is based in Castries of Saint Lucia.
PBS Barbados is proud to offer integrated business solutions to 13 different island nations in its eastern Caribbean and Central American clientele. St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Montserrat, Grenada, Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda are member states of the OECS, while Anguilla, Martinique and the British Virgin Islands are observer states in the organization. The working home of the OECS in Castries, Saint Lucia is a governmental body, and PBS Barbados helps provide business solutions to facilitate the governance and communication of the OECS from its Secretariat home base.
Nothing illustrates the challenges of doing business in the Eastern Caribbean more clearly than noting the languages spoken among OECS member countries: English and French are primary languages, but other languages spoken among the nations are Spanish, Dutch, Haitian Creole, Papiamento, and indigenous languages like Arawak derivatives, Taino, and languages of patois influences. 3 different currencies are used within the nations of the OECS: the US dollar, the Euro, and the XCD (Eastern Caribbean) dollar. PBS Barbados is committed to providing full business services to this diverse group of cultures and economies.
The 1981 Treaty of Basseterre originated the OECS organization as a successor to the Leewards Islands’ West Indies Associated States, or WISA. The OECS is particularly proud to help guide its members in this era of accelerated growth in transnational integration, as economic progress depends on constant adaptability to new technologies, products and needs. PBS Barbados currently serves clients in 13 island nations of the OECS as a business support capacity partner.
The historical connections, as well as cultural and economic relationships, which have been formed as a result of having been British colonies, are a factor among members of the OECS, as they are for PBS Barbados. The British Virgin Islands was the first (1984) associate member of the organization, with Anguilla joining as an associate in 1995. In 2015, Martinique became a new associate member of OECS, the first non-British territory to become a full or associate member of the organization.
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