The Latin American regional plan will address how to strengthen health and economic systems, as well as investment in science and sustainable development

The leaders from the parliaments of eleven countries latin americans they promised this Thursday to elaborate a regional plan set before the effects of COVID-19, in a telematic meeting organized by the Chamber of Deputies of Mexico.

“We have a shared reality in the region,” stressed the president of the Mexican Chamber of Deputies, Laura Rojas, satisfied with the commitment made to “delineate the axes and priorities for work” in the face of this pandemic in the same document.

During the meeting, the heads of the legislatures of Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, Barbados, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Dominica, Ecuador, Paraguay and Uruguay presented their point of view and emphasized their will to strengthen regional relations.

The president of the Chamber of Deputies of ArgentinaSergio Massa called on all the countries involved to “not sit idly by” because that “condemns the people to continue in underdevelopment.”

“Let’s understand that it is key for our region to work in a coordinated way. Blocks in Europe, in the East, are working in a coordinated way to get out, “he analyzed.

For this reason, Laura Rojas also called for “asking executives to generate future initiatives at the regional level.”

The main axes of the agreement between parliaments should be, according to the president of the Mexican legislature, how to strengthen the systems of Health and economic, in addition to establishing mechanisms for investment in science and developing sustainable.

The most immediate challenge that the cameras of the majority of the region will have to face is to “adapt” the 2021 budgets to the reality of the pandemic, which has already left 2.5 million infected and almost 150 thousand dead in the American continent, according to the Pan American Health Organization (OPS).

“The budgets that parliaments approve have to be adapted to this new reality to facilitate economic recovery and survival,” said Rojas, concerned about the loss of both formal and informal jobs.

In this sense, the deputy spoke openly about ensuring a “basic vital income” to make up for the lack of coverage in the region’s fiscal systems, which would have to be redesigned.

According to Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbeane (Cepal), present like PAHO at the digital meeting, there will be almost 12 million new unemployed in the region and some 30 million more poor.

Mexico promised, after the first conference this Thursday, to prepare a document that includes the concerns and plans put forward by the presidents of the legislatures to draw up a joint plan.

With information from EFE