Plans for a regional virtual marketplace continue to be a key priority for the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States.
The COVID-19 pandemic revealed many weaknesses in the region’s traditional food systems, presenting a unique opportunity to move towards greater sustainability and food and nutrition security.
A common regional market will serve to promote better food security by reducing the reliance on imports from international food sources.
The OECS Commission alongside its Member States is working to address the barriers to intra-regional trade to realize this goal as part of the OECS COVID-19 response.
Some of the barriers include transportation, information sharing and management, and Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS). The virtual marketplace is meant to strengthen the economies of Member States by encouraging diversification through greater investment in the agriculture sector and promoting a larger circulation of capital in the region.