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  March 13, 2003

“Trading Debt for Development: National Endowments for Social Action” will take center stage at a roundtable discussion being organized jointly by the OAS’ Inter-American Agency for Cooperation and Development (IACD) and George Washington University’s Central for Latin American Issues.

The forum will be held Tuesday, March 18 at OAS Headquarters, and participants will discuss action on mandates arising from the Monterrey Summit on Development Financing held in Mexico last year, as they relate to debt-reduction, social development and poverty alleviation.

Among the experts and officials the forum will bring together are L. Ronald Scheman, Director General of the IACD; Dr. James Ferrer, Jr., Director of the Center for Latin American Issues; Miguel Ruiz-Cabañas, Mexico’s Permanent Representative to the OAS; Eric Farnsworth, Council of the Americas Vice President for Washington Operations; Inés Bustillo, Director of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC); Ann Nicocelli, Executive Director of the Association of American Chambers of Commerce; and Daniel Erikson, Inter-American Dialogue’s Caribbean Programs Director.

WHAT: Roundtable on Trading Debt for Development

WHEN: Tuesday, March 18, 2003

TIME: 8:30 a.m.

VENUE: Hall of the Americas
OAS, 17th Street & Constitution Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC

Attendance is free, but registration is required. Please contact the Center for Latin Americas Issues to provide name, institution and contact information, by emailing to, or by calling (202) 994-5382 or 994-5205.

Reference: AVI-023/03