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  June 28, 2006

On the first day of an official visit to the People’s Republic of China, Ambassador Albert Ramdin, Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), secured a commitment from senior government officials to enhance relationship with the OAS and to develop a plan of action for strengthened cooperation.

Ambassador Ramdin arrived in Beijing on Monday with a high-level delegation comprised of six Permanent Representatives to the OAS from the Caribbean and Central America.

The delegation’s program includes meetings with the His Excellency Li Zhaoxing; Minister of Foreign Affairs; Vice Minister of Civil Affairs, Lu Guoli; Assistant Minister of Commerce Chen Jian; Director General for Latin American and Caribbean Affairs Ambassador Zeng Gang; as well as officials from several other ministries and municipal governments.

Dialogue with government officials addressed the potential for increased cooperation in natural disaster mitigation, trade facilitation, competitiveness, human resource capacity building, information and communications technology, and cultural and educational exchanges, among other areas.

“China is a valued Permanent Observer to the OAS. Our visit here and these discussions represent an important first step in broadening and deepening the China-OAS relationship and in laying the groundwork for developing a concrete plan of action and cooperation that will benefit OAS member states, particularly those of the Caribbean and Latin America,” says Ambassador Ramdin.

During the visit, the group also plans to visit the Institute of Latin American Studies, one of the world’s largest and oldest research centers dedicated to the research and study of Latin America and the Caribbean.

This is the first visit of an official OAS delegation to the People’s Republic of China since the country became a Permanent Observer to the OAS in 2004.

Reference: E-138/06