As they look to take their integration a step further, member states of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) are planning to introduce a swipe card that will ensure hassle-free travel between countries. Currently, citizens of the OECS member state countries are able to move and live in another member country without having to obtain a skill certificate. They are also able to drive in any country in the sub-region using their license provided to them by their home country. Now, a biometric swipe card will be introduced, as shared by the director general of the OECS Commission, Dr. Didacus Jules.
“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,” he said ahead of OECS Day tomorrow.
Dr. Jules added that the integration movement was progressing “admirably” and while there is still some way to go “we’ve come a long way as well”.
“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,” he said.
The nine members that comprise the OECS include Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, with Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands being associate members.