Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), and Carolina Stanley, Argentina’s Minister of Social Development, signed on Monday, April 18 a Framework Agreement of Technical Cooperation between both institutions with the aim of facilitating joint activities.
The agreement includes developing indicators and information systems for the design of public policies; assessing policies, instruments of support and institutions to foster sub-national areas; carrying out seminars, conferences and courses; and the training and exchange of staff for education and training.
In addition, the joint activities include an exchange of information; the development of special studies; access to specialized information networks of both institutions; an exchange of publications; and technical assistance actions, among others.
The agreement was signed at ECLAC’s headquarters in Santiago, Chile. Alicia Bárcena was accompanied by the organization’s Deputy Executive Secretary, Antonio Prado, and the Director of ECLAC’s Office in Buenos Aires, Martín Abeles.
On her part, the Minister’s delegation was formed by Fernanda Schilman, Undersecretary of Planning and Strategic Communication; Soledad Cubas, National Director of the Programme SIEMPRO; Victoria Costoya, Coordinator of International Affairs of the Ministry; and the Argentine Ambassador to Chile, José Octavio Bordón.
During the meeting, the Executive Secretary took advantage of the opportunity to invite Minister Stanley to participate in ECLAC’s thirty-sixth session, the organization’s most important biannual meeting, which will be held on May 23-27 in Mexico City, Mexico.
After signing the agreement, the Minister participated in different work meetings with ECLAC’s senior officials, in which they addressed matters such as measuring poverty and social policy, policies of wellbeing, food security, information systems and training.