OAS Forum defends democracy and trade as engine of the Americas

Latin America needs to strengthen democracy, develop trade cooperation and adopt new tools to confront the crisis caused by the epidemicaccording to the Private Sector Forum of the Americas, prior to the General Assembly of the Organization of American States.

Luis Almagro, Secretary-General of the Organization of American States (OAS) announced on Tuesday during a forum held virtually.

Mauricio Clavier Caroni, president of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), said the region, with a population of 650 million, had a strong incentive to recover from the pandemic and climate crisis and “the conditions to move forward”. ).).

According to IMF projections, Latin America will grow by 6.3% in 2021 despite the high inflation expected this year and regional disparities in vaccination against COVID-19, which is a global burden.

“We can’t miss a decade of opportunity,” insisted Claver Carone, who is going through business development for him. “Democracy, independence of authorities” and cooperation.

On stronger trade relations, the Secretary-General of the Organization of American States (OAS) said: “We need more trade. We are still the area with the least regional trade.”

Guatemala, the host country of the General Assembly, He chose to adopt the American Business Charter, whose draft resolution was included in the agenda.

Latin America needs to strengthen democracy, develop trade cooperation and adopt new tools to deal with the crisis caused by the pandemic. – Photo: Photo: Getty Images – Adam Gault

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala, Pedro Prulo, emphasized that this message, promoted by Colombia, “can constitute a very important tool for accelerating recovery and economic revitalization” in the face of the crisis caused by the pandemic.

The President of Colombia, Ivan Duque, set this message as an example of pluralism, “The Western Hemisphere effort is being built in the OAS based on the common interests and interests of the member states.”

We live in a world where “companies are the sources of the future,” said Eduardo Urnician, President of Private Sector Americas, emphasizing that the private sector generates nearly 80% of investment in research and growth.

For this reason, he stressed that “the role of businessmen is to contribute to the political agenda, especially work in the field of geopolitics.”

According to the head of the Islamic Development Bank, we must not lose sight of the fact that in order to generate investments, we must “strengthen our country’s institutions and confront corruption.”

The OAS General Assembly, which actually takes place from Wednesday to Friday and has the theme “For a Renewed America,” will define the policies of the organization.

Agreements between Colombia and the Organization of American States

After the meeting between the President of the Republic, Ivan Duque, and the Secretary-General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, several agreements were consolidated in which this multilateral entity was supported by certain government policies, such as in the name of “Peace with Legitimacy”.

In this sense, the President spoke about the extension of the Organization of American States in issues, such as Need to work with countries in the region on a special trade and environmental charter.

I would like to highlight as a first point the renewal of the Mission’s contract to support the peace process We have been in our country for 15 years and this has been successful in many demobilization, disarmament and reintegration processes and this makes a significant regional presenceDuke said.

The Colombian president highlighted “the support we receive from the Organization of American States for all that is being developed in terms of peace with legitimacy, with Large-scale land titling, promotion programs with a regional approach, mass crop substitution project for people who are on the path to legality“.

In the dialogue, Colombia supported the actions taken by Almagro to denounce the aforementioned dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela before international courts.

* With information from Agence France-Presse.

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