In welcoming Ambassador Maloney
to the General Secretariat, Mr Granado expressed the CCC 's commitment to strengthening cultural ties with Panama and other Central American countries where the CCC 's membership is located.
Previously a professor of sociology at the University of Panama
ambassadorial appointment, Ambassador Maloney
has a deep interest in the area of culture.
It was also noted by the general secretary that Ambassador Maloney
was instrumental in co-ordinating the cultural extravaganza at seventh General Assembly of the CCC
held in June 2005 in Panama City , Panama .
After introduction of the staff of the General Secretariat, Ambassador Maloney
staff viewed a DVD giving an overview of the organisation's work.
This sparked quite a lively conversation between the ambassador and the staff.Ambassador Maloney indicated that he looked forward to working with the CCC whose role in Caribbean development he is well aware of. Ambassador Maloney is presented with a package containing printed and audiovisual materials on the work of the CCC by Allison Bidaisee. Looking on at the presentation, at right, is CCC general secretary Gerard Granado.
is presented with a package containing printed and audiovisual materials on the work of the CCC
by Allison Bidaisee.
further added that he
saw great possibility for collaboration in many of CCC
's programmes including disaster management - mitigation, preparedness and response, drug demand and reduction and crime.
Regarding the issue of crime, Ambassador Maloney
shared the success of a UNESCO-sponsored programme in Jamaica for inner-city boys who were trained in acting and drama and were also exposed to the technical aspects of that industry such as lighting and camera operation.
The result, he
added, was a sense of empowerment as they produced films about their own life stories.Continuing in this vein, Mr Granado informed Ambassador Maloney
of the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the CCC
and UNICEF Regional Office on November 15, 2005.
Further to this, Ambassador Maloney
also spoke of plans currently underway for the development of a language centre in Panama . This is with a view to having Caribbean people going to Panama to study Spanish.
closing statements to CCC
's management and staff, Ambassador Maloney
said: "I wish to let all at the CCC
know that at the Embassy of Panama
you always have a friend."