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Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Hon. Dr. Kenneth Baugh has expressed the view that developing countries needed a stronger voice especially when dealing with the global economic crisis and climate change.
Minister Baugh told visiting Secretary-General of the Organization of American States (OAS), HE Jose Miguel Insulza, on Wednesday morning at the Foreign Ministry, that he hoped that the 5th Summit of the Americas, which will be held next month in Trinidad and Tobago, would facilitate greater expression by developing countries.
The Summit falls under the umbrella of the OAS and Dr. Baugh’s comments came as he and the Secretary-General discussed the Summit within the context of the global financial crisis and the problems being posed for developing countries by climate change.
Secretary-General Insulza in underscoring the importance of the Summit, identified some of the key issues which would be discussed as, the financial crisis, global warming, prosperity, crime and developing alternative energy sources.
Success, particularly concerning the financial crisis would ultimately depend on agreements being reached. It was important for countries to share resources , he said noting the role that multilateral institutions had to play in addressing the problem.
Commenting that the issues identified were very relevant to Jamaica and the developing world, Dr. Baugh cited the beneficial assistance Jamaica had received from the multilateral institutions.
Mr. Insulza, who arrived in the island on Tuesday night, departed in the late in the afternoon (Tuesday). He also met with the Governor-General, His Excellency, the Most Hon. Patrick Allen; Prime Minister Hon. Bruce Golding, Leader of the Opposition, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller; and the Minister of National Security, Hon. Colonel Trevor MacMillan. He was also hosted at dinner by Chile’s Ambassador HE Alfredo Castel Blanco.
In a tribute to the Secretary-General at a luncheon he hosted in his honour, Minister Baugh welcomed the efforts of Mr. Insulza to promote and ensure the active participation of member states in the process leading up to the Summit.
Minister Baugh thanked the OAS for the benefits that Jamaica and the region, particularly Haiti, had received in areas such as security, education, health and the development and improvement of our governance structures.
“We look forward to the expansion of our partnership in the years to come, as we seek to enhance the quality of life of our peoples,” he said.

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