Second Caribbean Conference on Horizontal Cooperation in Social Protection
The Conference was organized by the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Ministry of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment, and Community Development of Barbados with the primary aim of affording an opportunity to showcase experiences in horizontal cooperation in social protection of countries participating in the meeting.The forum was held to present experiences of South-South cooperation, such as the Puente in the Caribbean Program, coordinated by the OAS; and, in the framework of the Inter-American Social Protection Network (IASPN), it sought to provide a forum for exchange on the main challenges and outcomes of international cooperation in this area. Additionally, opportunities were explored for future cooperation initiatives in the region. The Conference brought together 12 Member States of CARICOM, as well as representatives of the Governments of Chile, Colombia, and Mexico.The Government of United States was represented by officials of the Department of State and the U.S. Embassy in Barbados. Also participating in the Conference were representatives of United Nations agencies (UNICEF, UNDP), the World Bank, and other multilateral organizations and regional and international cooperation agencies such as the European Union, IICA, OAS, OECS, PAHO, and academic institutions. Participating in the Conference as >observers were permanent representatives of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Barbados.