OECS OKs new chief justice, aviation agency head

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – Heads of government from the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) have approved the appointment of a chief justice and a director-general of the regional bloc’s civil aviation agency.

But OECS chair, Vincentian Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves told a press conference at the end of the 55th Meeting of the OECS Authority, which ended here on Tuesday, that the names of the appointees would be announced after they have been formally informed.

“… we have had to put certain procedures in place so I really don’t want them to hear on the radio, on the TV, that his or her appointment has been approved. They have to hear about it in a proper manner,” he told the post-meeting press briefing.

“We have also done the same thing in relation to an appointment of a director-general of the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCAA). This is important for civil aviation. You know ECCA has brought us to the stage where we have a Category 1 status in terms of our regime and of our airports and this is a very important position,” he further stated.

Gonsalves further said that in the case of the chief justice, while OECS heads of government selects the person, that individual is appointed by letters patent through Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who is ceremonial head of all OECS countries.

The chief justice is head of judiciary and the Judicial and Legal Service Commission the only judicial post in which the OECS Authority has any say, Gonsalves noted.

He said that a committee reviewed and graded applicants for the office of the Director-General of ECCA and a meeting of OECS civil aviation minister he chaired in Kingstown a few months ago recommended two top candidates.

“… it is not going to be good, if you are a serious professional, you apply for a job and before anybody call you and say you have it or you don’t have it, you hear it on the airwaves, especially if you didn’t get it….” Gonsalves said.

“We have to treat people with respect. So while we want to deal with the question of the openness, in time, you will get to know…

“Because, between the Director-General [of the OECS Dr. Len Ishmael] and myself as Chairman, we will make the necessary telephone calls in all of this things and sort them out and then we will have no problem hereafter in making the announcement,” Gonsalves said.

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3 thoughts on “OECS OKs new chief justice, aviation agency head


    In 2009, the IADC purchased, from its own resources, 25 pieces of heavy equipment costing EC $12 million, namely: 17 Articulated Trucks; 2 Motors Scrapers; 2 Bulldozers (1 – D8 and 1 – D9); one Caterpillar 345 Excavator; one Caterpillar 330 Excavator, with Hydraulic Hammer; one Wagon Drill; and one Kobelco Crane.

    There is something seriously wrong with this cost [EC$12million]. Its about double what it should be.

    For instance the Terex Articulated trucks are ex British Military and were sold in the UK by UK government appointed agents for 1 £35,000 buy several for £32,000 each, or buy over 10 for $28,000 each.

    A fantastic buy with only 500 to 1000 hours usage, which makes them of almost new condition.

    The trucks at the airport originated from this source, I know because I checked at the time they were purchased posing as another buyer.

    Whichever of the UK government agents you chose to buy from the prices were the same and were set prices, I enquired by three agents.

    The cost of these trucks should be less than EC$2million.

    The other seven pieces of used equipment should not of cost more than EC$5million, and that’s on the high side.


    Did IADC buy this equipment off its own bat, if so who was responsible for arranging and orchestrating the deals?

    Did an SVG government officer and department arrange and conduct the purchase of this equipment?

    Was a Vincentian company or individual or firm involved in these transactions?

    Was any overseas Vincentian individual or company involved in these transactions?

    Was an SVG senator involved in these transactions?

    Was payment made directly to the vending owners or agents or was the purchase made through third party dealers or agents?

    I have official quotations in hand!

    Posted by Peter | June 13, 2012, 09:56
  2. Did our London Ambassador have any part to play in the transactions?

    Posted by Peter | June 13, 2012, 09:58
  3. GOD help the OECS.

    Posted by Peter | June 16, 2012, 07:52

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