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IDB President and Presidents of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador meet in Washington Leaders seek to strengthen programs providing education, protection of at-risk youths, productive development and job creation in response to immigration crisis

July 28, 2014

ENP Newswire - 28 July 2014

Release date- 25072014 - The president of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Luis Alberto Moreno, met today with presidents Juan Orlando Hernandez of Honduras, Otto Perez Molina of Guatemala and Salvador Sanchez Ceren of El Salvador to discuss the crisis triggered by the migration of children and youths from the so-called northern triangle of Central America toward the United States.

During the meeting the president of the IDB and the Central American leaders discussed a variety of options for enhancing programs offering education, healthcare, productive development, protection of at-risk youths, investment and job creation, in which the IDB is working actively with each of these countries.

The presidents of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador also said that they plan to devise a joint, long-term plan to address the structural causes of the crisis, with the support of the international community. The IDB offered technical support for the design of the plan and help with coordination among other governments and institutions.

'We must not forget the human face of this crisis,' President Moreno said. 'The anguish of affected families forces us to attack the root causes of the problem with ever more urgency,' he added. 'The IDB is prepared to work with the governments of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador-and with other multilateral institutions, donors and private sector companies-in order to speed up the implementation of comprehensive solutions.'

The IDB is the main source of multilateral support for the countries of the northern triangle. The Bank is currently carrying out 51 projects financed by loans totaling $2.18 billion in areas including education, social protection, water and sanitation, health, transport, competitiveness, the environment and natural disasters, energy, urban development and modernization of the State.

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