Foreign policy and defense
The emphasis in foreign policy lies on
regional cooperation. Particularly close is the
cooperation with other island nations and territories in
the Little Antilles.
Saint Vincent is a member of the Caricom
collaborative organization, which consists of 15 mainly
English-speaking countries in the Caribbean. Most of the
Caricom countries, including Saint Vincent, in 2006
formed a common internal market, CSME, to increase the
mobility of goods, services, capital and labor.
Integration is slow, but a common passport facilitates
travel between countries.
Overview of business holidays and various national observances in St. Vincent and The Grenadines for years of 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024 and 2025.
Saint Vincent is also a member of a subgroup, the
Eastern Caribbean organization OECS, which has come
further in its coordination than Caricom. In 2011, the
OECS members formed an economic union, which meant that
trade barriers were torn down and citizens were allowed
to move between countries with only ordinary ID
documents. OECS members already had a common currency,
the eastern Caribbean dollar, and a joint central bank
in Saint Kitts and Nevis. They also have some common
functions such as courts, regulators and diplomatic
The six independent nations of the OECS, together
with Barbados, are part of a security policy cooperation
called the RSS (Regional Security System). It consists
of police, coast guard and army units. RSS was formed by
the United States in 1982 and cooperation with the
United States has remained central, not least in the
fight against drug smuggling. RSS also receives funding
from Canada, the UK and China.
Saint Vincent is one of about 20 smaller countries
that have diplomatic relations with Taiwan, and thus not
The country also has good relations with the social
governments of Cuba and Venezuela.
Saint Vincent is also a member of the larger regional
organizations OAS, Celac and ACS.