Published On: Mon, Sep 3rd, 2012

Curacao associated member of ECLAC

WILLEMSTAD – Since Friday, Curaçao has become an associate member of the Economic Commission of Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), according to the Government. 44 countries, which are members of the intergovernmental organization, have unanimously decided this at the 34th Session of ECLAC in El Salvador.

 During the biannual meeting Governments and professionals analyze and discuss socio-economic issues of our area and the activities of the organization. Main task of ECLAC is promoting the economic and social development of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Women’s development
ECLAC does research and gives recommendations on e.g. production and innovation, social development and equality, public administration and women’s development. The theme of the 34th Edition was: ' Structural change for equality: integral approach for the development '.

Role
Curaçao can fulfill the role that the Netherlands Antilles had and will form a bridge between the block Latin American block and the Caribbean. The Netherlands Antilles had more than twenty years, since the 1980’s, a function in the Board of the regional Conference on women of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Advantage
As a member of the ECLAC Curaçao has the advantage to be able to participate in the process of regional integration and can now as a country participate in International Conference of the United Nations. Ann Philipps of the Executive Board has represented the Government of Curaçao's foreign relations during the Conference in the Central American ElSalvador.

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