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Belize represented at 37th Session of ECLAC Print E-mail
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Thursday, 17 May 2018 00:00

Belize had representation at the 37th Session of the Economic Commission of Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in Havana, Cuba. The session lasted from May 7 to 11 and was attended by Hon. Erwin Contreras, Minister of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade and Commerce. The Belize delegation also included Ambassador H.E. Annie Burns and First Secretary Shantal Marin from Belize’s Embassy in Cuba.

The country representatives at the meeting approved 18 resolutions which focused on leaving no person behind in pursuit of the United Nations (UN) 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The group also reaffirmed a commitment to prioritize the needs of the Caribbean in the UN Framework.

An ‘Inefficiency of Inequality’ ECLAC report was debated by ministers for planning, innovation, information and communications technology, and finance and economic development. The group compared regional successes and challenges and also sought practical solutions to the provision of services and better access to technology and connectivity in the region.

Minister Contreras stressed that their discussions about equality of access and development must include de-risking as it is a serious threat to the future of the Caribbean. A debt swap for climate change adaptation funding for Small Island Developing States (SIDS), crime, gangs and policing the trade in illicit drugs and arms transiting the Caribbean were also debated. The countries agreed that those issues pose challenges for the region to find equal footing with more developed countries. These issues all impact the national development plans of each country, including Belize.