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  March 23, 2005

The Mexican government today formalized with the Organization of American States (OAS) a program for up to 542 scholarships for nationals of Latin America and the Caribbean to study in Mexico. Aspects of the program, worth just over 31,275,000 Mexican Pesos ($3.1 million) for 2005, will be facilitated through the hemispheric organization.

The scholarships will benefit nationals of 15 OAS member countries for up to five years of study at Mexican institutions.

Operated under the auspices of the Mexican Fund for Cooperation with Latin America and the Caribbean, the scholarships will be offered to 103 nationals of Paraguay and 103 from Bolivia; 60 from St. Vincent and the Grenadines; 50 from Grenada; 26 from Ecuador; and 20 each from Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.

Signing the authorizing documents on behalf of his government, Mexico’s Ambassador to the OAS, Jorge Chen, stated during the signing ceremony at OAS Headquarters that the initiative represents “one more step forward as Mexico seeks to increase its assistance to the states of the Caribbean and Latin America, through the OAS.”

He added: “We have always felt that this type of cooperation is not bilateral but rather should be administered through multilateral organizations—the OAS in this case—with a view to strengthening it, putting more effort behind it so as to ensure a better future for cooperation in our hemisphere.”

OAS Acting Secretary General Luigi R. Einaudi, thanking the Mexican government for providing “generous assistance” through the OAS, said, “Scholarships are an important—and even vital—avenue for development because they help countries to develop cadres of professionals who will be responsible for managing their own countries’ development, mindful of the international environment in which we operate.”

Reference: E-054/05