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Latino Daily News

Sunday September 9, 2012

Former President Carter Calls For Greater U.S.-LatAm Relations

Former President Carter Calls For Greater U.S.-LatAm Relations

Photo: Jimmy Carter (CAF)

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As the XVI Annual CAF Conference came to a close, former U.S. president Jimmy Carter called for stronger relations between the U.S. and Latin America, and regretted that the U.S. “is not doing enough as a major country to bring peace and harmony, trade and commerce, and understanding and basic human rights to the people in Latin America.”

Carter also said that while he was in office, he had a very deep interest in Latin America. However, “I have not seen that interest in either candidate for president in the United States unfortunately, and my prediction is that they will not elevate Latin America to the highest priority in the next four years unless some negative crisis evolves.”

Challenges to Latin America’s development were keenly discussed during the CAF Conference, which has become a must-attend forum for public and private sector leaders across the hemisphere.

This year’s CAF Annual Conference XVI, hosted over 400 Latin American and U.S. political leaders, international organization members, business leaders, members of the financial community, academics, journalists and political analysts participating in the two-day event.

The CAF Annual Conference seeks to share information and perspectives on areas pertaining to Latin America’s development. Key conference topics included: the U.S. election and its impact on Latin America; pending challenges for sustainable development; views on addressing drug trafficking, violence and transnational crime.