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Security Challenges Require Leadership and Courage says OAS Assistant Secretary General

  May 31, 2013

The Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Albert Ramdin, said that the current challenges of governance, security and inequality in the hemisphere require leadership, courage, and transcendental changes, in his opening address to the Private Sector Forum, which took place today in Guatemala City, prior to the General Assembly of the organization.

"It is clear that security and competitiveness are two sides of the same coin. The safest countries can allocate more resources to strengthening institutions and facilitating the efficient investment in human capital, technology and infrastructure necessary to improve their relative positions on the global stage," said the senior OAS official, addressing business leaders of the hemisphere, in the event which featured the participation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala Fernando Carrera, the Minister of the Economy, Sergio de la Torre, and the President of CACIF José Santiago Molina.

The Assistant Secretary General emphasized that "we are all responsible for peace and security in our hemisphere," adding that Guatemala will hold a place in history for its courage in bringing the issue of the current anti-drug policies to the center of the discussions of the General Assembly."

Ramdin stressed the importance of continuing to provide economic opportunities in a secure environment. He highlighted the meeting of CEOs from Central America and the Caribbean, organized by the OAS and the Ministry of Economy of Guatemala with the support of the Latin American Business Council (CEAL) and CACIF of Guatemala, as a concrete example of how to strengthen trade and investment and create jobs for the people of the region.

The Private Sector Forum of the OAS convened recognized experts from public and private sectors to address the theme "Connecting Businesses as Partners for Prosperity with Security in the Americas," prior to the 43rd OAS General Assembly to be held from June 4 to 6 in Antigua, Guatemala.

A gallery of photos of the event is available here.

For more information, please visit the OAS Website at

Reference: E-212/13