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UWI Hosts OAS Assistant Secretary General Ramdin

For Release Upon Receipt - January 27, 2009


Ambassador Albert Ramdin, Assistant Secretary-General of the Organisation of American States (OAS) delivered the inaugural lecture in The University of the West Indies (UWI) 2009 Distinguished Lecture Series on Monday 26th January, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. at the Learning Resource Centre at UWI St Augustine Campus. In anticipation of the 5th Summit of the Americas from 17th to 19th April, 2009, Ambassador Ramdin’s lecture centred around the topic, ‘A New Moment of Change in the Western Hemisphere: Realities and Opportunities.’

In his feature address, Ambassador Ramdin provided strategic analysis of the geopolitics of the western hemisphere in the context of current global challenges, and gave an appraisal of the fundamental changes taking place in the hemisphere. Coming in the lead-up to the 5th Summit of the Americas, Ramdin’s lecture may provide recommendations on strategic direction for CARICOM.

Ambassador Ramdin, a national of Suriname and a distinguished Caribbean diplomat, was elected in June 2005 as OAS Assistant Secretary General. He previously served as Suriname’s Permanent Representative to the OAS in the late 1990s and was Adviser to the OAS Secretary General on the Caribbean, especially Haiti. He has also held senior office in CARICOM, concentrating on relations with other regional groupings in the hemisphere, and in Suriname as advisor on economic, financial and foreign affairs.

For further details please contact Riyad Insanally at (868) 622-9272/0019.


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