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Welcome to the Webpage of the Office of the General Secretariat of the Organization of the American States in Antigua and Barbuda. Our objective is to showcase the programs and activities contributing to national development. We trust that the site will promote a deeper understanding of OAS efforts on the twin island state. Our office was established in 1981.
Our most outstanding activities and programs are:
• Support in the area of governance for democracy strengthening, in particular through technical cooperation regarding participation of women in politics, civil registry modernization, local government agenda and electoral process.
• Capacity building in the areas of security and development, including training and certification for tourism practitioners, and training for officers involved in port and airport security, fight against illicit traffic of drugs and terrorism.
• Youth development through training and business creation.
This year, our office’s work has focused on promoting and optimizing the aforementioned programs for better results. For the first time in Antigua, we pursued effective collaboration with PAHO and IICA offices and we jointly supported a workshop on the impact of climate change on human health.
St. John’s, Antigua, Wednesday September 5, 2012
Minister of National Security and Labour, Sen. the Hon. Dr. L. Errol Cort today welcomed delegates from five regional territories to Antigua at a brief Opening Ceremony for the three-day Sub-Regional Workshop and Consultations on Capacity-Building in Travel Document Security and Identification Management, being held at Jolly Beach Resort and Spa.
Antigua and Barbuda through the Ministry of National Security & Labour is hosting the workshop. The Inter-American Commission on Terrorism (CICTE) of the Organisation of American States (OAS) has partnered with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), INTERPOL and the government of Canada to deliver the sub-regional workshop and consultation, which runs until Friday.
In his feature address, Dr. Cort underscored the importance of capacity building as it relates to local officials being equipped with the skills to readily recognize and detect fraudulent travel documents. He expressed the view that it was necessary for countries to continuously update anti-fraud procedures and improve on existing fraud detection technologies if they are to stay one step ahead of the criminals. Minister Cort added that Antigua and Barbuda is currently seeking to upgrade its border management system, in an effort to keep abreast and stay ahead of criminal elements that continually seek to beat the system.
OAS representative Mr. Jean Ricot Dormeus in his remarks said thanks to efforts such as this workshop, fraudulent multiple IDs, easy forgery of documents and ID tampering will turn into relics of the past. He added that the OAS has been working with governments in the region to modernize the civil registries and document issuance processes.
The objective of the workshop is to promote the exchange of information and experiences regarding international standards on travel documents, new technology, issuance and control of travel documents along with the improvement and modernization of civil registries and the strengthening of border controls. Mr. Erik Slavenas, Programme Officer at ICAO also gave brief remarks and started off the sessions with a presentation on ICAO’s role in setting global MRTD Standards and Specifications.
Participants of the workshop have been drawn from a cross section of agencies including Immigration and Passport and Citizenship Departments.
Antigua and Barbuda, Tuesday August 21, 2012
Mr Acting PS in the Ministry of Health,
Mr. Lionel Michael, Chief Public Health Inspector,
Ms. Rhonda Sealy Thomas, Chief Medical Officer,
Ms. Sally Edwards, Advisor at the Pan American Health Organization,
Ms. Una Mae Gordon, IICA Representative,
Colleague Ruben Contreras and other facilitators,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am delighted to be associated with this workshop, a historic event in many ways. It is the first time the OAS joins hands with PAHO and IICA in supporting a program in Antigua, and it is the first workshop dedicated to the impact of climate change on human health, although several other activities have been taking place on this hot topic. Therefore, it is an occasion to celebrate the unity of the Inter-American family, as we raise awareness on the health implications of climate and build capacity in order to address it successfully.
Let me thank the Government of Antigua, in particular the Ministry of Health, for giving priority to this important topic. Let me also recognize the determining role of Chief Health Officer Lionel Michael who conducted an excellent preparatory and oversight process. I wish to salute as well the contributions made by Mr. Edwards of PAHO and Ms. Gordon of IICA. I want to mention that the OAS has selected a seasoned expert in the field, my colleague Ruben Contreras, to provide technical contributions. I have no doubt you will be enlightened by Mr. Contreras presentation. This workshop is the result of togetherness, team spirit, and a long term vision for a healthier and better future.
Women in Leadership Call for Equal Opportunities Through the “Women in Politics” Project funded by FEMCIDI
Antigua and Barbuda. Minister of Gender Affairs Dr Jacqui Quinn-Leandro has proposed that the Antigua & Barbuda Constitution, as well as the country’s political structures might need to be revisited to stop women being marginalized from political life.
News clip The Daily Observer.
Supporting Our Caribbean Enterprises (SOURCE)
• Project Objectives: A foundational group of Caribbean production businesses and resorts evolve successful strategies for mutually profitable trade, creating models that other businesses can follow and establishing momentum for ongoing trade growth in the Caribbean.
• Project Start: 2008 Duration (Months): 36
• Project Sector: Social Development
• Coordinating Country Antigua and Barbuda Coverage: Multinational
• Participating Countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia
• OAS Department of Trade Tourism and Competitiveness (DTTC)
• Project Code: FEM0269
• Status : Implementación
Regional Network of Women in Politics: Promoting the Participation of Women in Politics for Good Governance and Democracy
• Project Objectives To increase the number of women in politics in the Caribbean Region
• Project Start 2008 Duration (Months): 48
• Project Sector Democracy
• Coordinating Country Antigua and Barbuda Coverage: Multinational
• Participating Countries Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Trinidad and Tobago
• Institutions Executing Institution
• Caribbean Institute for Women in Leadership (CIWIL)
• Department Special Multilateral Fund of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (FEMCIDI)
• Project Code: FEM0268
• Status: Implementation
The OAS Student Internship Program is designed for undergraduate, graduate and young professional student to allow them to work within their fields of study. The program although unpaid is very competitive. The OAS has 28 national offices and some special programs located in the member states. Internships are available in almost all of the offices and this will allow interns to choose whether they prefer to work in their home country or in another office.
The Organization of American States (OAS) is the main political forum of the hemisphere which promotes and supports Democracy, Human Rights, Multidimensional Security and the Integral Development in the Americas. The OAS seeks to prevent conflicts and to provide political stability, social inclusion and prosperity in the region, through dialogue and collective actions.
We offer you a unique opportunity to gain work experience in different areas and in an international and a multicultural environment. You will have the opportunity to participate in a meaningful learning experience with orientation to the OAS mission, pillars, structure and projects in the hemisphere.
The OAS has 28 national offices and some special programs located in the member states. This allows anyone interested, to participate in the internship program in their country of origin, or other country of interest.
Besides working in the different projects of the Office, interns must participate in a series of activities that are part of a Complementary Online Program
This is an unpaid internship. Candidates must meet a series of requirements.
All the documents should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Internships are available in Washington DC. Check out www.oas.org/internships.
The OAS Academic Scholarship Program (Regular Program), established in 1958, grants scholarships every year for the pursuit of Master’s Degrees, Doctoral Degrees and Research leading to a degree. The OAS Special Caribbean Scholarships Program (SPECAF), established in 1983, grants scholarships for the last two years of undergraduate studies to citizens and residents of the English-speaking Caribbean OAS Member States. In addition to these programs the OAS, through its Partnerships Program for Education and Training (PAEC), is able to offer other attractive scholarship opportunities for academic studies with the support of its partner institutions in the Americas and around the world.
The OAS - Rowe Fund loan program for studies in the United States was established in 1948. This program grants financial aid in the form of interest-free loans for up to $15,000 dollars for graduate, research, and the last two years of undergraduate studies, including semester exchange programs. Applications may be submitted at any time during the studies in the U.S. and are accepted and reviewed year-round. For more information about how to obtain a Rowe Fund loan, find other financial aid for studies abroad, or identify a university in the United States according to field of study, cost, or location, visit: www.oas.org/en/rowefund and follow us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/rowefund