St. Kitts and Nevis represented at sub-regional workshop in Barbados

Sharon RattanBASSETERRE, ST. KITTS – St. Kitts and Nevis is being represented at the first in a series of sub-regional workshops on cooperation effectiveness in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Community Development, Gender Affairs and Culture, Ms. Sharon Rattan is attending the workshop, entitled “Cooperation Effectiveness; the Caribbean Chapter” which  is co-hosted by the Government of Barbados from September 21 to 22.

OAS Representative in St. Kitts and Nevis, Mr. Starret Greene said the workshop is part of the OAS’s agenda for cooperation effectiveness in Latin American and the Caribbean and is designed to inform national authorities of trends and key issues in international discussions on cooperation effectiveness and engage them in an exchange of ideas as well as strengthening South-South cooperation.

“The workshop will conclude with an open dialogue on efficient cooperation in the Caribbean to strengthen the voice of the Americas in international forums.

The workshop has the support of the South-South Task Team and the Government of Canada, through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), and in collaboration with the Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development, the World Bank Institute, the Latin American and Caribbean Economic System, the United Nations Development Programme, the Pan American Development Foundation and the Inter-American Development Bank.

Mr. Greene disclosed that over the next months, the OAS, through the Secretariat of External Relations in Collaboration with the Department of Economic Development, Trade, and Tourism, intends to anchor the regional process in Latin America and the Caribbean through sub-regional meetings in Barbados, Guatemala and Ecuador.

These workshops will provide a space for policy makers and practitioners from the Caribbean, Central America and South America to improve cooperation effectiveness, strengthen South-South knowledge exchange and promote a more active and better coordinated regional role in international cooperation forums, particularly in preparation for the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness to be held in Seoul, Korea in 2011.

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