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Germany's Government Seeks ECLAC's Support for Regional Initiative on Sustainable Management of Mining Resources

26 December 2013|News

The First Secretary of Economic, Technological-Scientific and Cooperation Matters at Germany's Embassy in Chile, Annette Weerth, visited the headquarters of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in Santiago, on Friday, December 20. That day she delivered an official note to the director of the United Nations organization's Programme Planning and Operations Division, Raúl García-Buchaca, in which Germany's Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) requested ECLAC's support to implement a regional cooperation project for the sustainable management of mining resources.

The initiative, estimated to last three years, aims to promote cross-border dialogue among countries in the Andean sub-region so they can exchange experiences and good practices regarding the main challenges facing mining today.

Weerth said ECLAC is recognized by all the countries in the region for its capacities and proposals on sustainable development and its important network of partners. She stressed the German government's satisfaction with ECLAC's participation in this project.

García-Buchaca received the note, communicated the organization's willingness to participate in this important project, and expressed gratitude once again for Germany's renewed demonstration of trust in ECLAC to implement this initiative.

He also said that ECLAC has installed capacities in the economic and natural resources area, production chains, and the insertion of extractive industries in a territory's economic and social fabric. He emphasized that the organization could contribute both from a substantive perspective, as well as with project coordination.

García-Buchaca added that ECLAC will be pleased to participate in a workshop scheduled for January 2014, where discussion will center on the details of this initiative and the types of interventions that will be carried out with other partners.

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