The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of El Salvador, the Organization of
American States, and the Pan
American Development Foundation will jointly host a regional
conference in San Salvador on June 27, 2012 that will focus on
private sector and diaspora investments in education in Central America.
The conference titled Education in Central America: the Commitment of
Diasporas, Governments, and the Private Sector in Education for
Development will bring together business leaders, diaspora
associations, civil society members, educational institutions, and
high-level labor and education government representatives from across
the region. This event is part of a larger initiative funded by the Tinker
that seeks to establish alliances among diaspora groups, governments,
and the private sector to promote investments in education and skills
training that prepare low-income youth for the increasingly competitive
local job markets.
Prominent speakers will include Hugo Martinez, Salvadorian Minister of
Foreign Affairs; Ambassador
Albert R. Ramdin, Organization of American States Assistant
Secretary General; John
Sanbrailo, Pan American Development Foundation Executive Director;
Manuel Orozco, Inter-American Dialogue Director of Remittances and
Development; and Mathew Aho, Manager of Policy at Americas Society and
Council of the Americas. Other speakers will include representatives
from U.S.-based Salvadorian Diaspora groups and experts from India,
Jamaica, and Mexico.
From the beginning of this government, we have been committed to the
implementation of a new focus toward the migration phenomenon. We cannot
continue seeing the diaspora as simply a provider of remittances; we
must see it also as a relevant actor in the development of our people.
The issues that will be addressed in this conference are of particular
importance because they contribute toward the efforts of the different
actors that are involved in this process, said Minister Martinez.
Ambassador Ramdin also added: By partnering with the private sector and
governments in the region, diaspora communities have an opportunity to
define concrete ways to chart the development of their countries of
origin and promote peace and prosperity.
The conference will be divided into three
panels: Strategic Alliances with Salvadorian Alliances, Lessons
Learned from Public-Private Alliances and Diasporas for the Development
of Human Capital, and Integrating Youth in the Labor Markets. It will
also include a joint press conference by Foreign Minister Martinez,
Ambassador Ramdin, and PADF Executive Director Sanbrailo.
This event is open by invitation and to accredited media. A dedicated
information website, including live streaming, will be available at www.padf.org/elsalvadorconference.