The 9-member grouping of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) will soon be introducing a swipe card that will help to make travel between the territories hassle-free.
The islands to be impacted include Antigua and Barbuda, Montserrat, St. Lucia, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts/Nevis, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands will also participate, as they too are associate OECS members.
Speaking on the soon to come swipe card, Director General of the OECS, Dr. Didacus Jules says; "We have already designed a single biometric ID card that contains all the information that is required so that, in the near future, with the issuance of these cards, people from the OECS will not even have to fill out immigration cards to move – you just swipe and you move. "
Integration between OECS states has already been set in motion with the eradication of a skills certificate to move and live in any OECS member state. Also, a driver’s license allows citizens to drive in any country in within the OECS.
Dr. Jules further stated; "I think we need to take a balanced perspective and, the truth is, within the overall project of Caribbean regional unity, the OECS is far ahead."