OAS to Host Forum on Migration and Development in the Americas


May 5, 2016

The Organization of American States (OAS) will hold this Friday, May 6 the Forum “Migration and Development in the Americas: towards the implementation of the 2030 Agenda” with the participation of foreign ministers, experts and senior officials working on the issue in the hemisphere.

The inaugural session will feature the participation of the Vice President and Foreign Minister of Panama, Isabel De Saint Malo de Alvarado; the OAS Secretary General, Luis Almagro; the Executive Director of the Young American Business Trust (YABT), Valerie Lorena and the President of the Committee on Migration Issues (CAM), Daniel Cámara.

WHAT: Forum “Migration and Development in the Americas: towards the implementation of the 2030 Agenda”

WHEN: May 6, 2016, 10:00 am EDT (14.00 GMT)

WHERE: Hall of the Americas
Organization of American States
17th Street & Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20006

PROGRAM

9.30 a.m.Registration
10.00 a.m.Opening remarks

  • H.E. Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado, Vice-President and Foreign Minister of Panama
  • H.E. Luis Almagro, Secretary General, Organization of American States
  • Valerie Lorena, Executive Director, Young Americas Business Trust
  • Daniel Cámara, Chairman, Committee on Migration Issues (CAM)
10.45 a.m.Panel 1 – “Alliance for Prosperity in the Northern Triangle”
Moderator: Jason Marczak, Director, Latin America Economic Growth Initiative, Atlantic Council

  • H. E. Hugo Martínez, Foreign Minister of El Salvador
  • H. E. Carlos Raúl Morales, Foreign Minister of Guatemala
  • H. E. María Andrea Matamoros, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Honduras
  • Juan Sebastian Gonzalez, Deputy Assistant Secretary, US Department of State
11.45 a.m.Panel 2 – “Challenges in the implementation of the 2030 Migration Agenda – contribution of migration to development”
Moderator: Manuel Orozco, Senior Fellow and Director for Migration, Remittances and Development, Inter-American Dialogue

  • Laura Thompson, Deputy Director General, International Organization for Migration
  • Héctor Salazar, Social Sector Manager, Inter-American Development Bank
  • Antonio Prado, Deputy Executive Secretary, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
12.45 p.m.Reception

Now, my question is, Where are the Belizean delegates to this forum? We are after all getting a good number of Migrants / Refugees

1,500 refugees and counting working to settle in Belize

By Aaron Humes

Reports say there is a refugee asylum registration process on going in Belize, administered by the foreign organization Help for Progress.

According to unconfirmed reports in local media, some 1,500 persons have registered since January. On Friday and for several weeks now, there have been long lines at the local office in Belmopan.

However, the organization’s local members have directed requests for comment to the head office in Washington, D.C. Nonetheless, they insist that all they are doing is legal and with the permission of the Government of Belize.

Most of the refugees signed up are from other countries in Central America – there are no indications of how many may be from Guatemala – and they say they are fleeing their countries due to threats from gangs.

Most are settling in known communities of immigrants including Valley of Peace and Armenia in Cayo and Bella Vista on the Stann Creek and Toledo border.

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