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Jul 17, 2015

Ambassador Nestor Mendez Sworn-in as O.A.S. Assistant Secretary General

Nestor Mendez

Former Permanent Representative of Belize to the Organization of American States, Nestor Mendez is spending his first day as the new Assistant Secretary General of the O.A.S.  The ambassador will serve for a five-year period and is the only Belizean so far to assume that post in the hemispheric body. In his first statement as assistant secretary general, Mendez said he has done his groundwork with member states to find out their views on how to modernize the O.A.S.


Nestor Mendez, Assistant Secretary General, O.A.S.

“You as member states have expressed your will and you have given to this administration two initial yet evolving blueprints for the conduct of our work. The first is the strategic vision which sets out the goals and objections for the organizations scope of work. The second the strategic plan for management modernization is suppose to be an operational guideline on how we can reasonably accomplish that scope of work while making the organization more effective and productive. At this very crucial time when the O.A.S. is being tested and there are calls from several quarters for its reinvigoration and adaptability to respond to the twenty-first century need of its member states our stewardship of this organization will be judged by how faithfully and skillfully we are able to execute and implement the mandates contained in these blueprints. Of course our ability to deliver and to realize these mandates will be largely predicated upon the financial resources we are able to access to fulfill those obligations and the consistent political support of the member states. I assume this office at a time when the economic prospects for this region are not as promising as they were a few years ago. The grim outlook is likely to get yet grimmer for the region considering the effects of the growing instability of the euro-zone and the trade that may be diverted from this region to those countries which are parted to the transpacific partnership and the transatlantic trade and investment partnership. But we must find ways to overcome our challenges and create the enabling environment for economic and social prosperity by identifying new areas of cooperation, creative financial mechanism and maximizing the catalytic potential of the O.A.S. fostering a much closer working relationship with multilateral financial institutions such as the I.D.B. and the World Bank would be a key step in this direction.”


Mendez served as Ambassador of Belize to the O.A.S. and to the US since June 2008.

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