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Senator Maxine McClean, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, greets Ambassador Albert Ramdin, Assistant Secretary General of the OAS today, during a courtesy call??at the Foreign Affairs Headquarters in St. Michael. (A.Miller/BGIS)??

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Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean, hopes to see increased CARICOM representation at the secretariat of the Organisation of American States (OAS).??

Her comments were made during a courtesy call at the Foreign Affairs headquarters in Culloden Road, as she met with the Assistant Secretary General of the OAS, Ambassador Albert Ramdin.????

While discussing developments concerning the OAS and CARICOM, Minister McClean said CARICOM representation was symbolic and tangible for the region because items on the Caribbean’s agenda differed from those of Central and South American countries.?? She stated some of CARICOM’s concerns included sustainable development, tourism and the Caribbean Sea Initiative.

In turn, the OAS Assistant Secretary General spoke about matters of importance to the OAS and recognized the contribution of CARICOM to that body describing it as a "solid player".

Ambassador Albert Ramdin praised the Barbadian government for hosting the 44th Extraordinary Session of the Inter American Court of Human Rights.?? He also took the opportunity to talk about the work of the Inter American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR) which he believes offers cost effective solutions for CARICOM. The IACHR meets several times a year to examine human rights violations in the hemisphere.

Ambassador Ramdin is in Barbados for the 44th Extraordinary Session of the Inter American Court of Human Rights and the Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum.??

shamkoe.pile@barbados.gov.bb

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