Girl Guides laud President’s elevation to OECS Speaker post
Former Government Minister and Member of Parliament for the West Kingstown Constituency, RenÃ© Baptiste, was named the first speaker of the OECS Assembly and presided over its inaugural sitting last Friday in St. Johnâs, Antigua.
Baptiste, a lawyer by profession, currently serves as the President of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Girl Guides Association.
Chief Commissioner RÃ©channe Browne-Matthias, noted that Baptisteâs achievement is: âindeed symbolic of the great strides that girls and young women are making not only in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, but in our region as a whole.â Browne-Matthias also noted that Baptiste is a trailblazer our girls and young women can emulate, as they embrace and pursue new opportunities, while developing to their fullest potential.
The OECS Assembly comprises five members of the parliament of each independent member state and three members from the legislature of each non-independent member state, with representation from both the ruling administration and the political opposition. Antigua and Barbuda will serve as the headquarters of the OECS Assembly, but the Assembly may hold meetings in other member states. The Assembly, which will meet at least twice per year, is one of five principal organs established by the Revised Treaty of Basseterre establishing the OECS Economic Union, and is one of the new organs of the OECS.