Dialogue among the Secretary General, the Heads of Delegation, and the Representatives of the Private Sector within the framework of the XLI General Assembly of the OAS

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San Salvador, El Salvador, June 5, 2011

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•  CEATAL presentation - John Craig
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During this dialogue, private sector representatives shared their views on citizen security and pointed out the contributions they can make to improve it. Additionally, they delivered the conclusions reached at the VII Private Sector Forum of the Americas , held in San Salvador on June 2 and 3. They define competitiveness and security as “inseparable factors.” The Forum had also yielded a set of recommendations regarding corporate social responsibility, innovation, and competitiveness, the business climate, and small and medium-sized enterprises.

In his opening remarks, the Vice-Minister of Cooperation and Development of El Salvador, Jaime Miranda, acknowledged the value and importance of this dialogue calling it “a valuable opportunity to identify the broad outlines of the link between security and development.” 
The Secretary for External Relations of the Organization of American States, Alfonso Quiñónez, added that the OAS General Secretariat would continue to promote “public-private partnerships in the economic, social, and educational spheres, supported by corporate social responsibility.”

The representative of CEATAL, John Craig, intervened in the Dialogue along with the Executive Director of Private Sector of the Americas, Jorge Lukowski; the President of Asociación de Industriales Latinoamericanos (AILA), Henry Kronflem; and the President of Fundación Empresarial para la Acción Social (FUNDEMAS), Elena María de Alfaro.

The Representatives of Private Sector of the Americas asserted that the region “can and must show the world that cooperation acts as a lever to raise competitiveness.” They called for the strengthening and expansion of “opportunities for dialogue with the private sector” and urged that they be linked to the “OAS ministerial meetings, the General Assembly, and the Summits of the Americas.”

The Heads of Delegation of Uruguay, Mexico, Chile, United States, Trinidad & Tobago, Venezuela, Honduras, Argentina, Nicaragua y Ecuador.