Beale no longer chairman of CIDI
BARBADIAN?John Beale has been replaced as chair of the Organization of American States’ (OAS)?Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI).
Beale, Barbados’ permanent representative to the OAS, held the post for the past semester.
Permanent Representative of Belize to the OAS, Nestor Mendez, took over on Friday as the chair of CIDI, the main body of the hemispheric organization with decision-making power in matters of partnership for integral development.
Beale emphasized the central role played by development in the work of the OAS. He highlighted education in particular, and cited as an example of its impact the experience of the Colombian city of Medellin that has achieved “a remarkable turnaround and is now recognized as a major centre of entrepreneurship”.
“All this is due to education,” said Beale, adding that through better education the people of the Hemisphere could achieve a better quality of life and distance themselves from the problems of violence, crime and drugs.
Ambassador Mendez presented a plaque of recognition to Beale on behalf of the council, for his work as CIDI chair, and said he faced a difficult task to live up to the work of his predecessor.
The Belizean diplomat said integral development was a fundamental element in fighting the ills that afflicted society such as violence, crime and insecurity.
“Those things can best be combated by the creation of access for economic opportunities for our people,” Mendez said.
The CIDI reports directly to the General Assembly and is intended to promote cooperation among member states for the furtherance of their integral development and, in particular, to help eliminate extreme poverty. (AB)