Lima, December 2 (RHC), -- Fifteen Latin American and Caribbean countries approved in Lima on Sunday a declaration on strengthening the commitment of the international community to eradicate poverty in these areas.
The document, the Ministerial Declaration on Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development, was approved at the Conference of Latin America and the Caribbean Ministers of Industry.
The countries involved are Peru, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico, Ecuador, Paraguay, Cuba, Argentina, Uruguay, Venezuela, Guatemala, Colombia, Nicaragua and Saint Lucia.
The declaration stated that governments should encourage small- and medium-sized enterprises to take social and environmental responsibilities.
Policies should be based on infrastructure construction, diversification of energy sources, investments in generating added value, cooperation and development of knowledge networks, the ministers said.
The declaration will be adopted at the 15th UNIDO General Conference to be held on December 2-6 in the Peruvian capital.