ECLAC and German Government Agree on Cooperation Programme Until 2012
The agreement involves work on climate change, fiscal covenant and regional integration.
(19 June 2009) The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Government of Germany successfully concluded negotiations yesterday in Berlin to extend their cooperation programme until 2012.
Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary of ECLAC, and Dorothee Fiedler, Deputy Director General for Latin America of Germany's Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), agreed on a cooperation programme involving an additional € 3.5 million to carry out a new programme, "Promoting sustainable development and social cohesion in Latin America and the Caribbean: Investing in regional public goods". This programme is set to begin in 2010 and will overlap with the programme currently underway, "Towards a sustainable and equitable globalization".
During the meeting, both parties expressed their satisfaction for the positive evolution of their joint work and pledged to continue collaborating in the following areas during 2010-2012 in the framework of the new programme.
Climate Change: old and new opportunities for sustainable energy and energy efficiency
Renewing the fiscal covenant
Cooperation and integration: investing in regional public goods
Open fund for emerging issues
During the nineties, BMZ -through the German Agency for Technical Cooperation (BTZ)- supported ECLAC by financing projects. In 2003, both institutions established a strategic alliance in order to work together on development issues that are important for Latin America and the Caribbean.
Germany is a member of ECLAC since 2005.
For more information, contact ECLAC's Information Services. Email: dpisantiagocepal.org; telephones: (56-2) 210-2380/2149.