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June 8 Fort Lauderdale: Antigua and Barbuda’s representative at the 35th OAS General Assembly in Fort Lauderdale Florida, Dr. Edmond Mansoor has called for greater corporate social responsibility in the Americas.

Dr. Mansoor was addressing the General Assembly on Tuesday during the Third Plenary Session on the topic Delivering the Benefits of Democracy.

“We would like to see more emphasis being placed on promoting the OAS’s democracy agenda that should be linked to the development agenda. We believe that it will be necessary to place special emphasis on the fight against poverty and the recommendations stemming from the Monterrey Consensus,” Dr. Mansoor stated.

He noted that while Antigua and Barbuda applaud the Summit of the Americas process as indispensable to promoting the political, economic, social and cultural problems in the hemisphere at the highest political level of our governments, the time is right to design a more effective implementation mechanism for the recommendations that emanate there from.

“It is imperative, Mr. President, that the benefits we talk about in fora such as the Summit and even here at this General Assembly are expeditiously implemented to improve the lives of ordinary people in our countries. Moreover, we wish to call for broad-based discussions, by all relevant actors within the Inter-American System, on the negotiation of an Inter-American Social Charter that will promote social development within the hemisphere,” Minister Mansoor stated.

Dr. Mansoor concluded that Antigua and Barbuda believes that it is time to take action on behalf of the many persons in the hemisphere who live in despair and for whom hope is quickly fading.

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