Speaking with MiyVue.com, Greene reminisced on the two and a half decades of collaboration between the OAS and the federation.
He said the effects of the partnership were felt through tourism development, education and security training.
“The relationship between the Federation and the OAS has yielded approximately 150 academic scholarships provided to nationals by their Scholarship programme to provide studies at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Each scholarship is valued at US$ 30,000.00 per annum, equating to just over EC$ 24 million in scholarship funds for this period.
“Between 1998 and 2009, the Federation of St. Kitts/Nevis contributed US$61,200 to the voluntary fund for technical cooperation. In turn the Federation received from this fund in the (same) period, $1,397,677 to implement some 30 projects. This represents a return of over 2000 percent and it speaks volumes of the benefits that small states derive from their membership in the OAS,” Greene told this media house.
Looking ahead, Greene said the OAS will be focusing on the priorities of the federation.
“Looking at what we have done and identifying the areas that we have managed to excel in we are going to continue in that direction,” he said. “I see us continuing in education, tourism development and training for the security forces,” he added.
When asked about his personal experience as the OAS representative for the Federation, Greene told MiyVue.com, “If has been a wonderful experience.”
“When I came to the federation I developed a relationship with the people here which allowed me to interact with them. So myself and the people of St. Kitts and Nevis have a great relationship. It has been a rewarding experience for me for the last five years as the OAS Director here.”
The agreement to establish the OAS in the Federation was signed 10th November 1985.