Barak Obama's position on Latin American policy, he described at the Cuban American national foundation in Miami, Florida, May 23, 2008, isn't exactly liberal.... but it is a moderate to liberal view, and well yes, educated. He suggests promoting current development agencies like AID, MCC, IDB but there really are too few details to his "plan" to grasp what he is suggesting. But what is encouraging (or maybe disbursing) is that he isn't all that far from what is going on now in terms of LAC policy. He mentions the hot button topics of Latin American policy, like the Merrida Plan, Cuban’s policy of non-engagement, Haiti’s development and construction, wile intergrading immigration and pro-Americanism into the speech. There should be a few new ideas that he could include like
1. promoting a technical corps instead of the peace corps for graduated countries;
2. meld policies of the IDB with the summit of the Americas commitments, by matching the declaration with loans done at the bank;
3. include subnational lending to sub-sovereign nation states as a new way to strengthen economic and financial systems in LAC;
4. help the Inter-American Foundation by increasing it's budget to provide grants for grassroots development;
5. add training for import and export within trade agreements ;
6. promote small business development through opening up the IFC's loans to Medium size business of less than an Million dollars a piece and
7. assist to regulate the microcredit market.
But these are just a few ideas.... I hope as the campaign goes on, we here more about his plan in further detail.
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