Media Center

Press Release

OAS and Regional Organizations Relaunch Collaboration Efforts

  September 9, 2016

The Organization of American States (OAS) and several regional organizations and financial institutions representing the Caribbean, Central America, and South America today agreed on the need to forge closer ties and increase collaboration in work programs.

The meeting, aimed at enhancing inter-institutional cooperation, brought together high-level representatives from several regional integration blocks to find synergies and complementarity in work programs, with a view to improving collaboration efforts, avoiding duplication, and maximizing impact.

OAS Assistant Secretary General Nestor Mendez, Chair of the meeting, underscored the need to enhance cooperation and underlined that “through these types of information-sharing and pooling of resources, our efforts become more focused and targeted,” adding that “we all have a collective responsibility to coordinate and maximize the impact of the work we do for our shared constituents.”

Participants agreed that common work areas include:

  • social inclusion
  • implementation of the sustainable development goals
  • empowerment of vulnerable populations and
  • generation of economic opportunities.
The parties agreed to establish focal points to continue this inter-institutional exchange and to meet again in mid-January 2017.

Present at the meeting held at the OAS Headquarters in Washington, DC, were the Secretaries General of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) and of the Secretariat for Central American Economic Integration (SIECA), and high-level representatives of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI), the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF), the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Organization of American States (OAS), and the World Bank participated in the event.

Reference: E-096/16