The Virgin Islands has been unanimously elected to help lead a United Nations body that promotes development cooperation among Caribbean countries.

Until 2018, the territory will serve as vice chair of the Caribbean Development Cooperation Committee, a permanent subsidiary body of the UN’s Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.

The decision was made at the 26th session of the CDCC in St. Kitts and Nevis on April 22, where St. Kitts and Nevis assumed the chair by rotation.

Antigua and Barbuda and the Dominican Republic were elected vice chairs along with the VI, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines was elected rapporteur.

Each member will serve in its post until the 27th session of the CDCC in 2018.

In its new position, the VI will support the new CDCC chair and advocate for greater economic cooperation between associate members of ECLAC in the sub-region, according to Government Information Services.

“To serve as a vice chair of the CDCC is a progression in the BVI’s relationship with ECLAC, with whom we have had a longstanding relationship as an associate member,” said BVI London Office Director Benito Wheatley, who attended the meeting on behalf of Premier Dr. Orlando Smith. “ECLAC support for the BVI and other members of the CDCC can contribute significantly to our development in the sub-region.”