OECS and Argentine Republic Establish Formal Diplomatic Relations and Sign MOU on Cooperation

OECSOrganisation of Eastern Caribbean States and the Argentine Republic has established formal diplomatic relations + signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation. At a short ceremony on last January 15th 2013 at the OECS Secretariat, attended by the Diplomatic Corps and Senior Officials of the Organisation, newly appointed Ambassador of the Argentine Republic to the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, His Excellency Marcelo Aldo Salviolo presented his credentials to the Director General of the Organisation, Dr. Len Ishmael. In welcoming the Ambassador, Director General spoke of OECS desire “… to seek stronger development cooperation ties, to explore opportunities for greater South-South cooperation, investment and trade.” Director General further remarked “It is in this context that we seek to tap into the full potential of the OECS-Argentina relationship, a potential which has yet to be unlocked. Indeed, we believe the transformation of the OECS into an Economic Union has made our region ripe for stronger economic links with Argentina”. In his remarks, the Argentine Ambassador expressed his delight at being the first Ambassador of his country to be accredited to the OECS, and underlined Argentina’s desire “…to consolidate closer links with the Caribbean States.” He expressed the hope his appointment as Ambassador of Argentina to the OECS “…will help strengthen relations between this prestigious Caribbean Organisation and Argentina, in all the possible fields, whether political, trade, technical cooperation, humanitarian assistance or cultural”. In keeping with this sentiment, the Director General of the OECS and Argentine Ambassador signed a Memorandum of Understanding aiming to strengthen and promote cooperation and coordination between OECS and Argentina in a wide array of technical areas, including trade and investment, agriculture and fisheries, health, education and sport, information technology, and tourism, among others. Argentina is 11th country to have established formal diplomatic relations with OECS. (source: OECS – 31/01/2013)

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