Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Spain urges Cuba to up pace of economic reforms

Spain’s foreign minister urged Cuba on Tuesday to accelerate economic reforms designed to expand private enterprise and attract foreign investment to the communist-run island. Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo’s two-day visit to Cuba was the first by a minister in the Cabinet of Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, whose conservative Popular Party has long been critical of Cuba’s policies.

Cuba’s economic reforms were launched by President Raul Castro in 2010 to kick-start a centrally planned economy starved for cash and hamstrung by inefficiency. But the country has been slow to unify its currencies and potential investors have complained of the pace of change, the lack of supplies and the slowness of what should be simple decisions because of overlapping government agencies.

Haiti: UN mission chief urges calm, respect for rights in wake of protests

United Nations News Centre - Haiti: UN mission chief urges calm, respect for rights in wake of protests

UN rights chief concerned over ‘disproportionate’ killings of African-Americans by US police

United Nations News Centre - UN rights chief concerned over ‘disproportionate’ killings of African-Americans by US police

US State Dept's Statement on Suriname's Independence Day

Suriname's Independence Day

Monday, November 24, 2014

OAS Inaugurates Meeting of Inter-American Electoral Authorities in Peru

In his greeting to the participants from 23 countries of the Hemisphere that will meet until tomorrow, Tuesday, November 25 to discuss the organization of elections and exchange good practices on the issue, Ambassador De Zela, representing Secretary General Insulza said that "as electoral authorities, you have the ability to shape the future of your institutions. The discussions that will be generated will benefit from the wealth of diversity of our political and electoral, presidential and parliamentary systems, and strengthen the interactions between our nations."

The official of the multilateral institution recalled that one of the main objectives consecrated in the Charter of the OAS is the promotion and consolidation of democracy, as their effective exercise supports the principle of solidarity shared by the countries of the Americas. For this reason, he highlighted the nearly four decades of electoral observation missions carried out by the institution and described how they have evolved in their form and its mission, adjusting to the political and social changes experienced by the Hemisphere over this period.

OAS Secretary General Participated in Dialogue on Regional Integration between the Pacific Alliance and Mercosur

OAS :: Photonews :: FNE-16457

Brazilian state of Bahía to improve public administration with help from IDB

Public administration to serve its citizens in Brazil - Inter-American Development Bank

IDB to support The Bahamas’ efforts to improve fiscal effectiveness

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $33 million loan for The Bahamas to improve the management of its public finances and procurement, and to enhance its capacity to monitor progress and implementation of key government priorities. The Bahamas’ tourist-based economy has been growing steadily in recent years but its public finances have suffered since 2008, with growing fiscal deficits and debt levels, amid rising unemployment.