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January 04, 2006

St. Kitts and Nevis and other OAS member states, are expected to benefit from programs of the hemispheric body in 2006.

Assistant Secretary General Albert R. Ramdin, said, the Organisation of American States (OAS) will this year devote much greater attention to the key development issues of poverty, education and job creation for the Americas – issues that “need to be on the front-burner of the OAS.”

Ambassador Ramdin, who is in charge of the general secretariat, also looked at developments in the Americas in 2005, describing the year as very hectic for the hemisphere and the international community in general.

He said with the new OAS leadership of Secretary General José Miguel Insulza and himself, the focus has been on key political issues such as democratic governance and highlighting the OAS’ own success stories.

Noting there will be some 10 elections in member states in 2006, which will require “dedicated attention from the OAS,” the OAS assistant secretary general underscored the relevant role the OAS plays in that regard in the Western Hemisphere, but also stressed the need to examine what happens after elections, in terms of governability.


A special session of the OAS Permanent Council is planned for January 18th.

That session is intended to bring to OAS headquarters the leaders of the Caribbean Development Bank, the Development Bank of Central America and the Development Bank of the Andean Community, where they will articulate the challenges, which they face in their own region.

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