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Desmond Simon, charge d'affaires and first secretary, Embassies of the Eastern Caribbean States & Missions to the European Union, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, signs the Revised Georgetown Agreement on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, on behalf of St Lucia. (Photo: OECS)

St Lucia ratifies Revised Georgetown Agreement

Desmond Simon, charge d'affaires and first secretary, Embassies of the Eastern Caribbean States & Missions to the European Union, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, signs the Revised Georgetown Agreement on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, on behalf of St Lucia. (Photo: OECS)

Saint Lucia has become the third Organisation of Eastern Caribbean Countries member state to ratify the Revised Georgetown Agreement.

On Wednesday, May 27, 2020, the country followed its neighbours Saint Kitts and Nevis and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to sign the agreement, which paves the for the ACP to become the Organization of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS).

Desmond Simon (left), charge d’affaires and first secretary, Embassies of the Eastern Caribbean States & Missions to the European Union, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, signs the Revised Georgetown Agreement on behalf of St Lucia on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, in the presence of Secretary General of the ACP Group Georges Rebelo Pinto Chikoti. (Photo: OECS)

“That we have come along this far is a testament to the dedicated team that worked on the revision, our Member States for supporting it and all persons who have contributed to making this recommendation, arising out of the 7th and 8th Summit of ACP Heads of State and Government, a reality. We can now prepare to implement the provisions of the revised Agreement, which will have far-reaching consequences for the ACP Group and regions,” Secretary General of the ACP Group Georges Rebelo Pinto Chikoti remarked.

The major transnational body comprises 79 out of 195 countries, and proactively engages global stakeholders on behalf of its member states.

At the 110th Session of the ACP Council of Ministers, and subsequently endorsed by the ACP Heads of States and Government at the 9th Summit in Nairobi, Kenya, in December 2019, the group’s member states agreed to ratify the Revised Georgetown Agreement.

The ratification of the agreement would, therefore, result in a reformation of the organisation, with OACPS replacing the current acronym for the organisation.

Saint Lucia has been a member of the ACP since 1975.