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June 5 Fort Lauderdale Florida: Information, Broadcasting and Communications Minister Dr. Edmond Mansoor represented Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer at a Business Roundtable of the Inter-American Economic Council IAEC in Florida.

Governor of the State of Florida, Honourable Jeb Bush inaugurated the Business Roundtable along with the newly installed Secretary-General of the Organisation of American States, His Excellency Jose Miguel Insulza.

Dr. Mansoor noted that Antiguan and Barbudan businessman, R. Allen Stanford moderated a session on "Strengthening the Relationship between the US and the Caribbean Basin. He said that speakers during that session included Congressmen Donald Payne and Bob Ney who both visited Antigua and Barbuda recently and held discussions with the government.

The Information Minister said that other sessions focused on "Investment and Trade in Latin America", and "Is Latin America Taking Advantage of the Digital Divide?"

Dr. Mansoor will also attend the inaugural session of the OAS General Assembly, which will be preceded by meetings with Permanent Observers of the OAS and Civil Society representatives.  During the session it is anticipated that Antigua and Barbuda’s candidate to the post of President of the Human Rights Commission Clare Roberts, will be confirmed.

Dr. Mansoor will join CARICOM Foreign Ministers for a breakfast Meeting with the Honourable Pierre Pettigrew, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada. The agenda is expected to include discussions on Haiti, the International Policy Statements, and Canada's continued assistance to relief efforts after natural disasters.

The OAS General Assembly ends on Tuesday June 7.

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