ASUNCION – Officials from some 20 countries in the Americas will meet this week in Asuncion to discuss poverty and inequality at a conference sponsored by the Organization of American States, with OAS Secretary-General Luis Almagro and Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes headlining the gathering.
The 3rd Development Ministers and High-Level Authorities meeting will advance efforts to solve the situation of poverty and inequality “still existing and which must be confronted by sharing among participants the experiences that have been successful,” Paraguayan Social Affairs Secretary Hector Cardenas told EFE.
Among the matters to be discussed at the meeting are the financing of social policies and a change in current programs to make them more inclusive and well defined, the Paraguayan official said.
“We will talk about moving from subsidy programs that transfer money to programs of economic inclusion leading to a more sustainable way out of poverty,” Cardenas said.
The meeting will be attended by Paraguayan government officials, officials from other participating countries, and OAS and UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, or ECLAC, representatives.
At the end of the two days of talks, participants are expected to sign the “Compromisos para el desarrollo social” (Commitments to Social Development), a document covering the main conclusions drawn from the forum and debates.
“It will not just be a declaration, but, rather, it seeks to be a set of explicit commitments toward social development in the countries,” Cardenas said.