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Germany hosts Latin America and the Caribbean conference in Berlin

More than 20 ministers of foreign affairs in Latin America and the Caribbean have converged in Berlin, although without the representation of Venezuela. Germany is trying to revitalize diplomatic delays and commercial ties with the region.
Germany hosts Latin America and the Caribbean conference in Berlin
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas will receive more than 20 of his counterparts in the German capital on Tuesday. The event kicks off the German initiative of Latin America and the Caribbean, which was presented by Maas in February.

Germany has been taking steps in recent months to deepen ties with Latin American countries, emphasizing the "shared values" of Germany with the region.

The agenda of Tuesday's conference is expected to include talks on improving trade and business, cooperation to develop stronger legal institutions, issues related to climate change, along with panels of science and technology experts.

"Latin America is one of the most democratic regions in the world," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. "We are taking the initiative to revitalize and inject new momentum into our relationships."

"We want to join forces on the world stage in our efforts to promote democracy, human rights, and fair rules." We want to help expand our base of shared values. "

Approximately 1,000 guests are expected at the conference, including Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser, who will talk about business relations, and UN Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet, who will speak on women's rights.

Focus on women's rights.

A new network of women called "United" will be officially founded at the conference. The network, which has the support of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with the United Nations, will emphasize equal opportunities for women in the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. The network will promote preventive measures and increase dialogue on issues related to women's rights in the political and civil society spheres in the countries of Latin America.

"Participation, equal opportunities, and equal rights are at the heart of democratic societies." There can be no justice without equality, "said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement.

Fourteen of the 25 countries in the world with the highest rates of murders of women are in Latin America, according to UN figures.

Venezuela notably absent

The conference takes place in the midst of the political crisis in Venezuela, which means that the country's foreign minister, Jorge Arreaza, was not on the guest list.

Venezuela is still headed by embattled President Nicolás Maduro, but Germany has allied with leader Juan Guaido during the country's political upheaval.