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Spain Expands Support to Key OAS Programs with a Contribution of $2.5 mn

  March 6, 2018

Spain Expands Support to Key OAS Programs with a Contribution of $2.5 mn
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The Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) and the Organization of American States (OAS) signed an agreement today through which the AECID extends its financial cooperation with a contribution of US$ 2,578,170.

The programs that the Spanish agency will support with this contribution include: the Mission to Support the Peace Process in Colombia, strengthening of the work of the Court and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the Program for the Universalization of Civil Identity in the Americas (PUICA), the assistance and protection of victims of crime and trafficking in Honduras, the humanitarian demining program, the implementation of mutual confidence measures between Belize and Guatemala, electoral observation missions and the strengthening of the electoral political process in Nicaragua.

At the event, the Senior Advisor for the OAS Strategic Counsel for Organizational Development and Management for Results, Luis Porto, explained the dynamics governing the allocation of the OAS financial resources and said “Spain has supported the OAS for years in areas that make up the essence of the Organization, fundamental and substantive aspects, clear examples of what the OAS does and should do.”

For his part, the Alternate Permanent Observer of Spain to the OAS, Jorge Cabezas Fontanilla, referred to the annual report presented by Secretary General Luis Almagro last year, in which he outlined the main priorities of the Organization, among them the willingness to continue strengthening the ties of work with the Iberian country. “Our cooperation, that we have maintained over time, impacts programs, plans, and projects that are an absolute priority for the OAS, and that are also among Spain´s priorities," he said.

The Director of the AECID, Luis Tejada, and the Director of Cooperation for Latin America and the Caribbean of AECID, Carmen Castiella, were present via videoconference.

Reference: FNE-93488