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Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.- President Danilo Medina Thursday night said the huge inequality gap among citizens, where a few have it all and the vast majority has nothing, is the main challenge for the countries that form the Central American Integration System (SICA).

Medina, speaking to journalists at the SICA Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Governments, said in Central American and Caribbean countries a small group has it all and the vast majority little or nearly nothing.

He said the challenge for those countries is to raise their people’s standard of living, as integration wouldn't make sense if people don’t feel that it’s in their personal interest.

"That’s the challenge we have, how to surmount poverty, how to overcome inequality, such as establishing conditions of citizen safety in the streets, such as fighting organized crime, those are the issues we have on the agenda and as give food security to the region," Medina said.

The president of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernández; Guatemala, Otto Pérez Molina; Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solís; Panamá, Ricardo Martinelli; El Salvador, Salvador Sánchez, and of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, and Belize prime minister Dean Barrow have confirmed their attendance for the Summit today Friday.

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Written by: josean, 27 Jun 2014 8:38 AM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016




Only thanks to the Neo-liberals like Narco Lie-onel and his PLD Mafia.......... negotiating "Model" contracts that give 97% of our wealth to criminal multinationals like Barrick "Stold"......... with the Dominican people barely getting 3%.......if anything at all!





Written by: foresthill, 27 Jun 2014 8:40 AM
From: Dominican Republic
Medina and all DR politicans should stop stealing from their constituents. The unequality will then become equality.

DR politicains are the highest paid in the world.

Do the DR first before you point the finger at other nations.
Written by: zooma, 27 Jun 2014 8:41 AM
From: United States, and Dominican Republic

What about inequality based upon skin color or origin ?

The summit is more about what BS the participants want to hear and not about exchanging facts of what actions work to make to bring equality.

Written by: Radar, 27 Jun 2014 9:48 AM
From: Dominican Republic

"That’s the challenge we have, how to surmount poverty, how to overcome inequality, such as establishing conditions of citizen safety in the streets, such as fighting organized crime, those are the issues we have on the agenda and as give food security to the region," Medina said.
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He's right on one thing: Food. Fighting crime and street safety are "peripherals", meaning these are problems to be tackled after solving much more immediate needs, such as: Devising ways of directly providing food to those that need it most, especially children. Be it as a school program that provides breakfast and lunch, (I think that's already in place, here in DR.), or a means by which the state can consign basic food stuff, such as "soup kitchen" styled centers, where certified-poor adults can eat at least one meal each day.

The second is to provide employment, but that's easier said than done. There are many ways in which our government....

Written by: Radar, 27 Jun 2014 10:28 AM
From: Dominican Republic

...can help. The money needed to provide basic necessities can be found in the pockets of many a govt corrupt. --The criminal, outrageous salaries must be chopped in half, at least.-- Some subsidies must be eliminated, such as that given to the transport union. (Ubieres' country's owners).
Refinance our many debts, and cut down on the many redundant foreign posts and its members.

No question there are myriad other ways of cutting waste and saving by reducing or eliminating unnecessary domestic govt posts and programs.
All this money can be redirected to fighting poverty by providing medical, housing, and educational assistance to the neediest ones.
Right now our hospitals lack many qualified doctors, medicine and equipment.
The many slums ringing our cities, don't get enough water, electricity, thrash collection, and basic sewage.

The war on poverty starts at the top. Somehow, we must reduce the haves, and have not.
Medina is trying. How far can he go.? We'll see.....
Written by: laman00, 27 Jun 2014 11:36 AM
From: United States, Los Angeles CA
Most people are aware of the negative impact of corruption on a nation’s economy. Corruption drains resources from much-needed investment in health, education, infrastructure and other basic services as such resources are diverted from these well meaning developmental programmes by selfish individuals for their personal use. It weakens democratic institutions, perverts the rule of law, discourages investment and aid, undercuts public confidence in government, feeds inequality and disenfranchises large segments of the population. It is a severe obstacle to development and should be ‘nipped in the bud’ with the aggressiveness it deserves.
Written by: josean, 27 Jun 2014 12:09 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016


........all of these worldwide elites swore allegiance to the neoliberal policies of Milton Friedman and his Chicago boys and now they all act surprised that the big gap between the rich and the poor is almost unmeasurable in historical terms .........and the world's middle class is disappearing and is about to begin storming the Bastilles throughout the world....

.......they are scared shitless and now realize that pressure cooker they have created will soon explode in their faces.......


Written by: Ricardolito, 27 Jun 2014 3:18 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Zona Colonial
Danilo needs to look at his statistics..There are many countries where the gap between the rich owniing much and the poor owning almost nothing is much worse than here ,,,or the rich people earning most of the income and the poor earning almost nothing . Poverty is a dreadful thing that is swept under the carpet by many countries,,,but China, India, USA , Haiti and most African countries where the wealthy 5% own about 90 % of wealth and the 95 % of people own less than 10% I will double check my USA figures
Written by: Ricardolito, 27 Jun 2014 3:34 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Zona Colonial
so many ways of loking at this problem but it is not just a central american problem..it is a problem for all countries who do not have a social conscience,,It crosses all borbers of religion and colour and in the sight of decent people the looking away from those less fortunate is a crime .We do have a few social problems here and no one is starving in the streets . In China , India and central African countries,that dreadful situation can be see daily
Written by: josean, 27 Jun 2014 4:58 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016



"Danilo needs to look at his statistics.."

Now the expert on the Dominican rich versus poor Gap, Little Rickey, implies that Saint Danilo who is a trained economist did not do his homework before making that statement!





Written by: Radar, 27 Jun 2014 5:08 PM
From: Dominican Republic

Laman00. Excellent, excellent post. You said it all, and you said it best.!!
Written by: Ricardolito, 27 Jun 2014 6:16 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Zona Colonial
No it is more likely that he said no such thing but if by chance he did say that he should have qualified his statement by saying that inequality is the most pressing problem in the world.. The extent of this problem can be seen all around the world

Laman has concentrated only on one of the factors that keep an inbalance between the economic classes ..It is a very important factor but there are many other factors .Lack of education is the most obvious that keeps the poor poor but there factors such as lack of motivation , refusal or inability to be mobile..the best example is the transfer of wealth from the north to the south of England,and there are other factors such as racism , religious intolerance ..

There will always be inequality but there need not be poverty or a constant widening of the gap.
Written by: Ricardolito, 27 Jun 2014 6:18 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Zona Colonial
Sorry , Josean , to make a contribution to the subject ..it must make you feel inadequate
Written by: josean, 27 Jun 2014 6:28 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016



Fu@k the Brits.....most of the conflicts in the world are do to those bastard's historical greed!


Written by: Radar, 27 Jun 2014 7:22 PM
From: Dominican Republic

""There will always be inequality but there need not be poverty or a constant widening of the gap.""

Absolutely, Ricardolito.

Inequality can't be helped. It is a fact of life that can not, and maybe should not, be messed with.
Like it or not, we can't function and get ahead without the incentives to do better by striving hard at climbing the ladder of success. It is ingrained in humanity that we must do our best to beat the Jones'; But in the process, others get left in the dust, and out of competition.

The hunger for money is insatiable. It compels us to do right or wrong to seize on it in whatever way possible. Greed knows no bounds. We steal, oppress, kill, and abuse, all in the name of the almighty currency.
This, and no other, is the cause for material inequality in the classes and the reason for revolutions, outright wars, oppression, divorce, treason, and many of the awful maladies afflicting society, throughout history.
But, of course, it's a necessary evil....
Written by: Radar, 27 Jun 2014 8:23 PM
From: Dominican Republic
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..it is an absolute necessity that can make us or break us. It is the absolute best equalizer there is.
It trumps all other human endearments, physical attributes, or academic accomplishments.
It is the reason for being. It drives our senses, our innermost desires. It corrupts, it bedevils, it is an aphrodisiac most potent, bewitching and seductive and the cure all for that ails us. I might even say, the essence of life, itself.

It is also a versatile tool. It can right wrongs, or cause much pain. We can help, or we can doom-- relative to our goals,-- malevolent or benevolent.

There is one antidote, however, that precludes us from harm to others and incites us to altruism, empathy, love for humanity.: -It is a disdain for monetary gain.- But it brings a satisfaction like no other, yes.!
The actualization of defeating poverty and its causes, can be as rewarding as a million dollars. Amen.

Written by: Ricardolito, 27 Jun 2014 9:40 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Zona Colonial
I have been waiting for AnthonyC to comment..he becomes almost vicious when he smells a little socialism
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