Saint Lucia. Integration between the countries of the
Eastern Caribbean deepened during the year. According to
Countryaah website, Saint Lucia,
together with the other member states of the eastern
Caribbean cooperative organization OECS, decided that a
joint economic union should be formed at the turn of the
year 2002/2003. Then free movement of goods and services
between these countries would begin to prevail. Free
movement of labor was to be introduced in 2007.
With the Union, the countries hoped to be able to
strengthen their positions in the international export
market. Banana exports were by far the largest source of
income for the country.