The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, today participated in the panel, “The Competitiveness Agenda of the Americas 2020,” during the IV Americas Competitiveness Forum held in Atlanta, Georgia, from November 14 to 16, 2010.
During the meeting, the head of the hemispheric organization emphasized that inequality is the greatest challenge faced by countries in Latin America and the Caribbean to achieve sustainable and higher quality development. “This inequality exists not only in terms of distribution of income but also in terms of disparities in the levels of development between countries and regions inside them,” he said.
Secretary General Insulza indicated during his presentation that “despite the growth of the economies of the region in recent years, the number of the poor in 2008 was 180 million people, 33 percent of the total population. The crisis, though we weathered it better than other regions, left us a balance of 189 million people in poverty in 2009.”
Secretary General Insulza participated in a panel alongside former President of Costa Rica José María Figueres; the Executive Director of the National Competitiveness Council of the Dominican Republic, Andrés Van der Horst; the President of the Andean Development Corporation (CAF), Enrique García; and the World Bank’s Vice President for Latin America and the Caribbean, Pamela Cox.