The outermost region of Saint Martin participated in the regional conference of the OCTs of the Caribbean, the 23 and 24 February 2015 in Tortola in the Virgin Islands. Our Community was represented by the President of the Territorial Council, Mrs. Aline HANSON.
Although Saint-Martin is an outermost region (RUP), the European Commission and the current President of the Association of Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTA), Dr Orlando Smith, Prime Minister of the British Virgin Islands, Invited the Community of Saint Martin to the Regional Conference of Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT), which is being held on 23 and 24 February 2015 in Tortola, British Virgin Islands.
This regional conference brought together the Heads of Government and Territorial Authorities of the OCTs of the Caribbean, the representatives of the Member States of which the OCTs are responsible, the countries of the ACP group and the outermost regions (RUPs) (Guadeloupe, Martinique, Guyana and Saint -Martin), as well as regional organizations, the European Investment Bank and financial institutions in the region.
The objective was to enable all the participants to discuss ways and means of strengthening cooperation between the actors in the area and to identify the priorities for action that could receive financial support from the Union European.
The objective of the participation of the ORs and ACP countries in the Caribbean area was to strengthen synergy and coordination between the European Development Fund (EDF) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) cooperation programs, . The conference was a platform for discussion to identify opportunities for joint programming between the OCTs, the ACP countries and the ORs.
In this context, cross-border cooperation between Saint Martin and Sint Maarten could serve as a model for all future cooperation projects, which could call for the necessary coordination of the EDF and the ERDF.