PADF, OAS and Salvadorian Foreign Ministry Announce Conference on Private Sector and Diaspora

Washington, D.C. (June 25, 2012) –  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 Foundation, Citi, and MoneyGram 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. 

Additional media contact:
Edith Portillo, Director of Communications, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of El Salvador
elportillo@rree.gob.sv; +503-223-12930

About PADF

PADF is the non-profit foundation of the Organization of American States, established in 1962 to implement integral socio-economic development programs for disadvantaged people, to strengthen civil society and community groups in support of the Inter-American Democratic Charter, and to aid victims of natural disasters and humanitarian crises. In 2011, it helped more than 7.5 million beneficiaries in 23 countries. PADF has had a long involvement in supporting civil society groups in El Salvador and assisting education by working with corporate partners and diaspora groups to improve local schools through “Manos Unidas por El Salvador,” rebuilding the large Complejo José Marti in Santa Tecla and developing local NGOs dedicated to environmental protection and natural resources conservation. www.padf.org

About the OAS

The Organization of American States (OAS) is the world’s oldest regional organization, dating back to the First International Conference of American States, which was held in Washington, D.C. from October 1889 to April 1890. Today, it is comprised of 34 countries from Latin America and the Caribbean. The Pan American Development Foundation, which was created in 1962, is an affiliate of the OAS.  www.oas.org

About Tinker Foundation

The Tinker Foundation supports civil society groups and policy makers in their efforts to advance the development of an equitable, sustainable and productive society in Latin America.  Grantees of the Foundation research, develop and encourage the adoption of public policies that will improve democratic governance and citizen security, the quality of and access to education and the sustainable management of natural resources for communities throughout Latin America.  With its domestic grant program and endowments at U.S. universities, the Tinker Foundation fosters enhanced understanding and awareness of Latin America and the regional impact of U.S. policies.  www.tinker.org

About Citi

Citi, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management. www.citigroup.com
About MoneyGram International

MoneyGram International, Inc. is a leading global payment services company. The Company's major products and services include global money transfers, money orders and payment processing solutions for financial institutions and retail customers. MoneyGram is a New York Stock Exchange listed company with 275,000 global money transfer agent locations in 194 countries and territories. www.moneygram.com