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(CARICOM Secretariat, Georgetown, Guyana)  The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat and the Government of Chile cooperation initiative will continue to place emphasis for the next year on Small Enterprise Development, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Poverty Alleviation, Spanish language training and Inter-University Exchanges.

A three-member delegation from Chile is meeting (Thursday, July 23) with representatives of the CARICOM Secretariat at its Georgetown office in Guyana to address these priority areas in their 1998-1999 Work Programme.

The Chilean delegation is led by Mr. Eugenio Possel, Coordinator for the Caribbean in the Agency for International Cooperation of Chile (AGCI). Accompanying Mr. Possel are Mr Saturnino De Pablo, an expert in Nutrition and Ms. Cecilia Rojas from the Ministry of Agriculture in Chile.

The regional programme of cooperation which began in 1993 facilitated a total of 26 activities in areas such as Agriculture/Natural Resources, Nutrition and Health, Spanish Language training and the training of Diplomats.

During the five years of the CARICOM-Chile programme of cooperation some 150 Spanish language teachers have been trained in the Caribbean while about 40 Caribbean diplomats have been trained in Chile.

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