Ministers of the Environment and their technical staff from the nine member states of the Organisation of East Caribbean States began arriving on Nevis on Monday.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning on Nevis, Mr. Ernie Stapleton said that in excess of 35 delegates were expected for the meetings at Mount Nevis Hotel.

“Across the region we are expecting delegates from the nine member states of the OECS and so we are expecting about 35 delegates from the region plus participants from Nevis”, said the Permanent Secretary.

“We are the host so we will take the opportunity to invite members of the Environmental Committee Meeting to be present at that discussions also,” he said.

Key agenda items Mr. Stapleton pointed to for Tuesday’s technical meeting, include reports on the activities of the OECS Environmental Sustainable Development Unit and that of member states over the last year.

He noted that they also planned to meet with some donor organisations and out of that meeting, they would come together, communicate, collaborate and make some recommendations.

On Tuesday from 6-8pm the official opening ceremony of the meeting will take place at the Mount Nevis Hotel.

The following day Wednesday, the ministers are expected to meet in a ministerial caucus. Subsequent to the morning meeting, Mr. Stapleton said the delegates would engage in a site visits.

Minister with responsibility for the Environment and Physical Planning in the Nevis Island Administration Hon. Carlisle Powell is slated to chair the 14th Ministerial Meeting on Wednesday.

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