Douglas made the comments while meeting on Monday, (13th June, 2011), with the Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Ambassador Albert R. Ramdin, in Washington, DC.
The St. Kitts & Nevis leader who is also the incoming Chairman of CARICOM, met with the OAS official as part of the advanced preparations for the 2012 Sixth Summit of the Americas in Colombia, later this year. The two men also examined some of the challenges faced by regional states, in addition to covering OAS cooperation programs and development projects in CARICOM.
During the meeting it was also agreed that the principal areas of concern for the Caribbean are job creation, public security, skills training, and capacity building (education).
The OAS Assistant Secretary General said the OAS will work to strengthen support mechanisms for tourism development programs in the Caribbean.
Ambassador Ramdin said his hemispheric institution pays serious attention to the issues that are affecting the CARICOM nations.
Dr. Douglas was accompanied by St. Kitts & Nevis’ Ambassador to the OAS, Mrs. Jacinth Henry Martin.