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OAS Secretary General Participates in Caribbean Energy Security Summit - Jan 26, 2015 - 11:22:07 PM

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The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, today participated in the Caribbean Energy Security Summit, in which the countries of the Caribbean exchanged ideas on strategies for energy diversification, among other issues.

In his address to the event, Secretary General Insulza highlighted that “over the past 5 years, we have witnessed an unprecedented push by Caribbean leaders and Governments towards the development of their renewable sources.” That commitment is doubly impressive, said the OAS leader, in a time of low oil prices like the present...
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OAS Launches Small Business Development Center Model in Jamaica - Jan 24, 2015 - 3:35:45 AM

The Organization of American States (OAS) today launched the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Model in Jamaica, in a ceremony that took place in Kingston.

The model, organized in partnership with Jamaica’s Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, the Caribbean Export Development Agency and the University of Texas at San Antonio, focuses on one-one and long-term assistance to help clients generate sustained economic impact through the establishment of new businesses, job creation...
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Bahamian recipients of the OAS scholarship program announced - Jan 5, 2015 - 5:41:52 PM

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is pleased to announce the Bahamian recipients of the Organization of American States scholarship program for the 2015-2016 academic year.
 
Scholarship recipients, their course of study and educational institute are:
 
Mrs. Natasha Jones-Swann, PHD in Education Cuririculum and Instruction Literacy, Florida International University, Tampa, Florida, USA...
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OAS Opens Scholarship Application Period for Undergraduate, Graduate and Research Studies in 2016 - Dec 19, 2014 - 11:29:02 AM

The Organization of American States (OAS) announces the opening of the application period for the OAS Academic Scholarship Program, which offers students the opportunity to pursue undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees or graduate research, leading to a university degree at institutions of higher education throughout the Hemisphere.

The scholarships, which are open to all citizens and permanent residents of OAS member states, offer up to $30,000 per year in total benefits that may cover all or part of tuition and mandatory fees, living costs, study materials, airfare and health insurance, for up to two academic years...
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Minister of Foreign Affairs of The Bahamas Explains his Country's New Immigration Policy at the OAS - Dec 16, 2014 - 8:26:03 PM

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The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) received today during a special meeting the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration of The Bahamas, Frederick Mitchell, who explained to member states the details of the new immigration policy adopted by the government of his country last November.

In his introduction to the Council’s meeting, the OAS Assistant Secretary General, Albert Ramdin, said The Bahamas "is a valuable member of the OAS and plays a critical role in the discussions of major issues on the hemispheric agenda," and that the visit of Minister Mitchell to the OAS is important as a way to "open up a broader and deeper discussion on the issue of migration based on the work the Organization is already doing."
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OAS Calls for Greater Integration and Expanding Domestic Markets at Opening of CELAC Summit - Jan 29, 2015 - 11:08:52 AM

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The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, urged the countries of the region to further integrate and to expand their domestic markets to restore the economic growth of the past decade, in his speech today at the opening ceremony of the summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) in Costa Rica.

Secretary General Insulza said that the first challenge for Latin America and the Caribbean today is to restore the growth levels seen in the early twenty-first century, which allowed tens of millions of people to escape from poverty. “Many of the commercial and financial factors that allowed for the expansion of the last decade are no longer present in the global economy,” he warned...
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Chile and Mexico are the First States to Consent to On-Site Visits in Fifth Round of OAS Anti-Corruption Mechanism - Jan 28, 2015 - 11:11:06 PM

The governments of Chile and Mexico confirmed to the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) their consent to receive on site visits as part of the Fifth Round of the Mechanism for Follow-up on the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC) of the OAS.

Both countries, the first to formally express their consent, notified the MESICIC Technical Secretariat of their decisions in accordance with the Methodology for Conducting On-site Visits. Both also consented to and received on-site visits during the Fourth Round of Review...
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OAS Secretary General remarks at 3rd Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) - Jan 28, 2015 - 4:35:42 PM

I would like to thank you first of all, Mr. President, for the hospitality that The Republic of Costa Rica has once again offered us, and for the opportunity to be here again, in this generous land that for many in our region, in our world, is a symbol of peace, democracy tolerance, and justice.

I would also like to thank you for the opportunity to attend this latest meeting of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States. In the years that have elapsed since it was founded, CELAC has established itself as an indispensable frame of reference for developing shared policies and our region's role in the world...
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OAS Secretary for Multidimensional Security Presents Cyber Security Policies at Davos Forum - Jan 22, 2015 - 9:44:15 AM

The Secretary for Multidimensional Security of the Organization of American States (OAS), Adam Blackwell, today presented at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the OAS Cyber Security Program for the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, the region in the world where internet access is most rapidly expanding.

In the context of his attendance at the Davos Forum, Secretary Blackwell presented the work the OAS is carrying out with many countries of the region to address the potential hazards posed by new technologies...
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OAS Resolution on Global Drug Problem to the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs Presented in Vienna - Jan 19, 2015 - 12:36:14 PM

The Foreign Minister of Guatemala, Carlos Raúl Morales, and the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, today presented to the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) theresolutionon the drug problem adopted by the XLVI OAS Special General Assembly in Guatemala in September 2014, to be considered as an input for the special meeting of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGASS 2016) on the issue, to be held in 2016.

Following the presentation of the document, Foreign Minister Morales said “the historic opportunity to agree on a more humane and more effective global drug policy must begin at UNGASS 2016.”
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OAS Approves Declaration of Support for France and Condemns Terrorism following Attacks in the Country - Jan 15, 2015 - 6:21:51 PM

The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) today approved a declaration in support of the French people and sent its condolences to the country and the families affected by the violent acts that took place in Paris last week, that led to the deaths of 17 people in the attack on the weekly “Charlie Hebdo” and the taking of hostages in a kosher supermarket.

The declaration of the Permanent Council, presented following a proposal by the Permanent Representative of Guatemala, José María Argueta, “vigorously and unreservedly condemns terrorism in any part of the world, in all its forms and manifestations.”
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OAS Approves Declaration of Support for Haiti for the Timely Holding of Elections and the Renewal of its Democratic Institutions - Jan 14, 2015 - 8:14:49 PM

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The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) today received, in a special meeting, the Foreign Minister of Haiti, Duly Brutus, who delivered a report on the political situation in his country. During the meeting, the Council approved a Declarationin which the OAS expresses its support “for the constitutional Haitian authorities and all stakeholders in their commitment to hold free, fair, and inclusive elections as soon as possible in accordance with the constitutional provisions for the renewal of the democratic institutions.”

During the meeting, Foreign Minister Brutus made a presentation in which he summarized “the evolution of the Haitian political situation...
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OAS Secretary General Receives Foreign Minister of Haiti - Jan 13, 2015 - 4:26:49 PM

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The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, today received the Foreign Minister of Haiti, Duly Brutus, at the headquarters of the Organization in Washington DC.

During the meeting, the two discussed recent political developments in the Caribbean country, with particular emphasis on the importance of holding legislative elections. The Secretary General renewed the commitment of the OAS to support the electoral process in Haiti.
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Suriname Assumes Chair of the OAS Permanent Council - Jan 12, 2015 - 7:27:30 PM

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The Permanent Representative of Suriname to the Organization of American States (OAS), Niermala Badrising, today assumed the Chair of the Permanent Council of the hemispheric institution, a position she will hold for the next three months.

Upon assuming the role, Ambassador Badrising expressed the honor and commitment the position implies and reiterated her "commitment to the highest standards to ensure Suriname effectuates the mandate and responsibilities entrusted to us” in a manner that is most beneficial for all...
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OAS Commemorates the Fifth Anniversary of the Devastating January 12 Earthquake in Haiti - Jan 11, 2015 - 6:20:32 PM

On the occasion of January 12, 2015, which marks the fifth anniversary of the terrible earthquake that devastated Haiti, the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, reiterated the commitment of the OAS to the Haitian people and their government. "Our sincere thoughts go out to the 230,000 victims, their families and friends and all those who were injured or left homeless," he said.

"The commemoration of this sad anniversary is an opportunity to honor the courage and perseverance of the Haitian people as well as the efforts of their government to improve the living conditions of the population," he added.
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OAS Secretary General Sends Condolences to the Government and People of France - Jan 8, 2015 - 1:00:25 PM

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, expressed his “most sincere condolences” to the government and people of France “over the tragic attack committed against the staff of the Parisian weekly Charlie Hebdo,” which took the life of twelve people.

In a letter senT to the President of France, François Hollande, Secretary General Insulza writes that “the OAS unreservedly condemns this act of terrorism that threatens freedom of the press and freedom of expression,” and expresses his support “to the government and people of France at this difficult time.”
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OAS Deploys Team of Experts to Support Cyber Security Efforts in Jamaica - Dec 18, 2014 - 3:41:22 PM

The Organization of American States (OAS) has deployed a team of experts to Kingston, Jamaica, at the request of the country´s government, to provide cyber security incident management support and to help establish the country’s National Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT), as part of a broader initiative by the OAS Cyber Security Program which includes the creation of a National Cyber Security Strategy.

The request to deploy this team of experts came from the highest level at the Jamaican Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining (MSTEM) and involved cooperation from the Hemispheric Network of CERTs of the OAS, specifically technical support from the Uruguayan National Cyber Security Response Team (CERTuy). Experts from Uruguay and the OAS General Secretariat are currently providing guidance to local officials on cyber security incident management procedures...
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OAS Celebrates “Historic Announcement” of Resumption of U.S. and Cuba Diplomatic Relations - Dec 17, 2014 - 2:22:51 PM

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, today welcomed the “historic announcement” made by the Presidents of Cuba and the United States, Raúl Castro and Barack Obama, of the resumption of diplomatic relations between the two countries, as well as the re-opening of embassies in Washington and Havana, the lifting of certain commercial restrictions and the beginning of new paths for cooperation on issues of mutual interest, among other measures.

The OAS leader congratulated President Barack Obama “for having taken these historic steps, as necessary as they are courageous, to restore diplomatic relations broken off in 1961...”
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(Audio) Fred Mitchell briefs the OAS Permanent Council on Bahamas Immigration - Dec 16, 2014 - 1:28:00 PM

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Washington, DC - The Hon. Fred Mitchell, Minister of Foreign Affairs & Immigration spoke in the House of the Americas on  16th December, 2014 during a meeting of the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States in the Hall of the Americas. He was accompanied by H.E. Dr. Elliston Rahming, Ambassador of The Bahamas to the United Nations and the Organisation of American States (OAS).

The following is the audio stream from the gathering featuring Fred Mitchell, and representatives from Haiti, Jamaica and St. Lucia...
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OAS Secretary General Met with Minister of Foreign Affairs of The Bahamas - Dec 16, 2014 - 1:43:19 AM

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The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, met today with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration of The Bahamas, Frederick A. Mitchell, in his office in Washington, DC.

During the meeting, the two discussed migration flows in the Hemisphere and the policies that countries apply in the area. They also discussed the election of the next Secretary General and Assistant Secretary General of the Organization, to be held on March 18 next year. In addition, they discussed the 7th Summit of the Americas, to be held in Panama in April 2015...

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