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OAS Assistant Secretary General Calls for Greater Collaboration in Addressing New Challenges to Democracy

  March 28, 2011

The Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Albert Ramdin, has called for increased collaboration between the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and regional development institutions to tackle inequality, insecurity, and new challenges to democracy in the Western Hemisphere.

Speaking at the Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank in Calgary, Canada, Assistant Secretary General Ramdin said OAS interests are “aligned and interlinked with those of the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Bank is a major partner for the OAS and governments of the Hemisphere in helping countries deliver the benefits of democracy to their citizens.”

The Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the IDB this year brought together Ministers of Finance, Presidents of Central Banks, high-level representatives of multilateral and regional institutions, development agencies, and private banks from across the hemisphere.

Providing an assessment of the state of democracy in the region, the high-ranking OAS official said that “important progress has been made over the last two decades in terms of democratic governance and economic development, but the expectations of citizens have not been fully realized." According to Assistant Secretary General, collaboration among institutions is essential, since “the inability of countries to generate adequate economic growth and reduce poverty and inequality could generate conditions which threaten democracy, democratic institutions and democratic governance.”

The OAS official pointed out that the upcoming OAS General Assembly in El Salvador, as well as the Sixth Regular Summit of the Americas next year in Colombia, would provide more opportunities to demonstrate and solidify political will and collective commitment to peace, prosperity and stability in the Americas.

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Reference: E-587/11