PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – OAS Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza is currently in Trinidad and Tobago on a visit relating to the Fifth Summit of the Americas which will be held in Port of Spain from April 17 to 19, 2009.
During the two-day visit from February 17 to 18, the Secretary General will have an opportunity to observe first hand the preparations for the Fifth Summit, expected to be attended by 33 Heads of State and of Government of OAS member states, in addition to the host Prime Minister, the Honorable Patrick Manning.
While in Port of Spain, the Secretary General will meet with Prime Minister Manning, as well as other senior government officials including the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Paula Gopee-Scoon, and the Minister of National Security, Senator the Hon. Martin Joseph, and the Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance, Senator the Hon. Mariano Brown, who chairs the inter-ministerial committee on preparations for the Fifth Summit of the Americas. The Secretary General will also tour the conference facilities for the Fifth Summit of the Americas.
Commenting on his visit and the general theme of the Summit – Securing Our Citizens’ Future by Promoting Human Prosperity, Energy Security and Environmental Sustainability – the OAS head expressed his confidence that the Government of Trinidad and Tobago “has planned for all eventualities” for holding a successful Summit of the Americas.
Insulza opined that the Summit is a “unique opportunity” to strengthen multilateralism by allowing all OAS member states to sit down together and discuss a plethora of burning issues confronting the hemisphere, ranging from the impact of the global financial crisis on the Hemisphere and the need for a collective and effective response, to human prosperity, energy security and environmental sustainability. He noted that the outcome of this process would contribute to the enhancement of integration among OAS member states and the strengthening of the inter-American system. He also pledged the full support of the OAS to continuing to work with the Government of Trinidad and Tobago to ensure the success of the Summit.