Medellín is currently the headquarter of the 18th Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) with the assistance of several heads of states from the American nations. Of course one of the main issues is the Colombian – Ecuadorian crisis that seems to improve in the last days.
Picture from the official site of OAS: Insulza with the Arubean Primer Minister, Nelson Oduber.
The OAS Secretary General, José Miguel Insulza, opened also the Youth Summit on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the city today in the Eafit University, south-east of Medellín, in the same place where the meetings of the continental organization Assembly was inaugurated by Insulza and the host president of Colombia, Álvaro Uribe Vélez.
The Plaza Mayor, the traditional Congress Center of the industrialist city of Medellín, is currently the headquarter of the 38th Assembly of OAS.
One of the novelties was the presence of the Aruba Prime Minister Nelson Oduber as an observer to discuss issues in development in the Western Hemisphere and the worries about the cost of food and fuel as the relation of the American nations. Aruba, a small Caribbean island, does not belong to the OAS and it is included more in the European community due to its Dutch links.
Secretary General Insulza deplored the incidents of last May 24 in Sucre, Bolivia, where several indigenous persons were victim of racial violence.
The Assembly elected also Fernando Araujo Perdomo, the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as President of the Summit after the nomination presented by Samuel Lewis Navarro, his Panamean collegue in the foreign affairs office. The proposal of Panama was followed by Peru and Argentina and finally got the general approval.
The 38th Assembly celebrated in the Andean city of Medellín, one of the main industrial centers of Colombia, will last until June 3 and it has as headquarters Plaza Mayor, the city center for congresses.
During the opening of the Assembly, Secretary General José Miguel Insulza underlined the important role of the Continental Organization during the last months in different events among the American nations, especially the Colombian – Ecuadorian crisis, the political internal problems faced by Bolivia recently and the peace process of Colombia.
Insulza met also president Uribe with Trust for the Americas, the High Presidencial Commissioner for the Colombian Reintegration and the Microsoft company, in order to discuss the expansion of “Mi Llave” (My Key) Program to benefit more than 6 thousand persons in the Colombian communities of Barranquilla, Buenaventura, Santa Marta, Tierra Alta and Villavicencio.
Among the main worries of the participants to the OAS Summit, has been the situation of poverty, hunger, unemployment and violence in many American nations. One of the main proposals has been boosting policies in the development of youth wide the Americas.