Mexican foreign secretary presents 2020 CELAC work plan

Mexico - Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard presented to the CELAC plenary session the 14-item Work Plan that his country has proposed to implement as part of its pro tempore presidency of the bloc, starting today.

Ebrard presented the plan to 29 Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) foreign ministers and deputy foreign ministers, shortly before the ceremony to install the new pro tempore presidency.

The Mexican diplomat explained that the first item is related to boosting development in the aeronautical sector through training and the transfer of applications and technologies within the region.

He added that this sector was chosen as the first point as several countries are already developing that field and have the facilities and satellite technology.

Ebrard also mentioned comprehensive natural disaster risk management, considering that Latin America and the Caribbean is a zone facing major climate issues, as demonstrated by the dramatic situation caused by hurricanes, earthquakes, floods and droughts, many of which are linked to climate change.

He also presented the initiative for consolidated purchasing through the creation of coordination mechanisms for acquisitions and bloc tenders for the most important products for the region, to be negotiated together at lower prices.

Ebrard invited his colleagues to include issues of vital importance in the agenda, such as transparency and the fight against corruption, and called to hold forums of authorities of the countries of the region to share the best practices of prevention, protection, sanctions and combat against that scourge.

Regarding the region's most common health problems, the 2020 CELAC plan proposes to monitor virus and bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics, and to create a platform to follow up on regional indicators to implement alert mechanisms with support from regional and international agencies.

The CELAC meeting was held behind closed doors.

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